Motorcycle Mechanics maintain, test and repair the mechanical parts of motorcycles.

    Either extensive experience or a certificate III in motorcycle mechanical technology is needed to work as a Motorcycle Mechanic.

    Tasks

    • Detects and diagnoses faults in engines and parts.
    • Dismantles and removes engine assemblies, transmissions, steering mechanisms and other components, and checks parts.
    • Repairs and replaces worn and defective parts and reassembles mechanical components, and refers to service manuals as needed.
    • Performs scheduled maintenance services such as oil changes, lubrications and engine tune-ups to achieve smoother running of vehicles and ensure compliance with pollution regulations.
    • Reassembles engines and parts after being repaired.
    • Tests and adjusts mechanical parts after being repaired for proper performance, diagnoses and test parts with the assistance of computers.
    • May inspect vehicles and issue roadworthiness certificates or detail work required to achieve roadworthiness.

    All Motor Mechanics

    • $1,436 Weekly Pay
    • Stable Future Growth
    • Lower unemployment Unemployment

    Motorcycle Mechanics

    • 1,900 workers Employment Size
    • Medium skill Skill level rating
    • 89% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 43 hours Average full-time
    • 35 years Average age
    • 1% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Motorcycle Mechanics (in their main job) grew strongly over 5 years:
    from 1,700 in 2011 to 1,900 in 2016.

    • Size: This is a very small occupation.
    • Location: Motorcycle Mechanics work in many parts of Australia. Queensland has a large share of workers.
    • Industries: Most work in Other Services; Retail Trade; and Wholesale Trade.
    • Full-time: Most work full-time (89%, much higher than the average of 66%).
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 43 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
    • Age: The average age is 35 years (compared to the average of 40 years). Many workers are under 25 years of age (27%).
    • Gender: 1% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

    The Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business talks with employers who have tried to fill vacancies. Find out more in the latest report on Motor Mechanics.

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    Main Industries

    Main Employing Industries (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
    Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
    Other Services53.1
    Retail Trade39.6
    Wholesale Trade3.1
    Transport, Postal and Warehousing1.1
    Other Industries3.1

    States and Territories

    • NSW

    • VIC

    • QLD

    • SA

    • TAS

    • NT

    • ACT

    Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    StateMotorcycle MechanicsAll Jobs Average
    NSW30.731.6
    VIC22.925.6
    QLD25.520.0
    SA6.77.0
    WA10.110.8
    TAS2.32.0
    NT1.11.0
    ACT0.81.9

    Age Profile

    Age Profile (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    Age BracketMotorcycle MechanicsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-1910.2-5.05.0
    20-2416.6-9.39.3
    25-3423.3-22.922.9
    35-4418.2-22.022.0
    45-5417.0-21.621.6
    55-599.1-9.09.0
    60-644.4-6.06.0
    65 and Over1.3-4.24.2

    Education Level

    Highest Level of Education (% Share)

    Source: ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
    Type of QualificationMotorcycle MechanicsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate0.3-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree1.0-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma2.9-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV71.8-21.121.1
    Year 129.1-18.118.1
    Year 114.3-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below10.6-12.512.5

    Either extensive experience or a certificate III in motorcycle mechanical technology is needed to work as a Motorcycle Mechanic.

    Registration with the relevant state or territory board may be needed to work as a Motorcycle Mechanic.

    Checks, licences and tickets

    You may need:

    • driver's licence
    • Psychometric or aptitude tests

    Thinking about study or training?

    Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need.

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    Employers look for Motor Mechanics who are hardworking with a good work ethic, reliable and provide good customer service.

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    Knowledge

    These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

    1. Mechanical

      92% Skill level

      Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

    2. Customer and personal service

      57% Skill level

      Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

    3. Computers and electronics

      56% Skill level

      Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

    4. Mathematics

      50% Skill level

      Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

    5. Physics

      50% Skill level

      The physical laws of matter, motion and energy, and how they interact through space and time.

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    Demands

    The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

    1. Using your hands to handle, control, or feel

      98% Important

      Spend time using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls.

    2. Spend time standing

      92% Important

      Spend time standing at work.

    3. Face-to-face discussions

      92% Important

      Talk with people face-to-face.

    4. Exposure to contaminants

      92% Important

      Be exposed to pollutants, gases, dust or odours.

    5. Being exact or accurate

      90% Important

      Be very exact or highly accurate.

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