Motorcycle Mechanics maintain, test and repair the mechanical parts of motorcycles.
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.
Vocational Education and Training (VET)
JSA produces employment projections to show where likely future job opportunities may be. Employment projections data are only produced for occupations at the broad four digit Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO) level. While data are not available for this occupation, projections data are available for the parent occupation, Motor Mechanics, under the outlook section.
Earnings and hours
Around 89% of people employed as Motorcycle Mechanics work full-time hours, in all their jobs combined. This is 23 percentage points above the all jobs average (66%).
Full-time workers work an average of 43 hours per week in their main job. This is similar to the all jobs average (44 hours per week).
Sources:Full-time share and full-time hours: ABS, 2016 Census, customised report. Compared to the all jobs average.
Employment across Australia
Employment by State and Territory (% Share)
|State||Motorcycle Mechanics||All Jobs Average|
Around 56% of Motorcycle Mechanics live outside of capital cities, compared with the all jobs average of 38%.
Queensland has a large share of employment relative to its population size.
The regions with the largest share of workers are:
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian states, territories and regions, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age and gender
The median age of Motorcycle Mechanics is 35 years. This is younger than the all jobs average of 40 years.
A large share of workers are aged 25 to 34 years.
Females make up 1% of the workforce. This is 47 percentage points below the all jobs average of 48%.
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile and gender share compared to the all jobs average.
Age Profile (% Share)
|Age Bracket||Motorcycle Mechanics||All Jobs Average|
|65 and Over||1.3||4.2|
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Education, training and experience
A certificate III in motorcycle mechanical technology is usually needed to work as a Motorcycle Mechanic. This course is often completed as part of an apprenticeship.
Registration or licencing may be required.
- My Skills to compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes.
- AAPathways website to explore Automotive Retail, Service and Repair and Automotive Manufacturing Sector VET training pathways.
Highest Level of Education (% Share)
|Type of Qualification||Motorcycle Mechanics||All Jobs Average|
|Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate||0.3||10.1|
|Year 10 and below||10.6||12.5|
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.
Skills and Knowledge
Employers look for Motor Mechanics who are hardworking with a good work ethic, reliable and provide good customer service.
Skills can be improved through training or experience.
Fixing machines or systems.
Figuring out why a machine or system went wrong and working out what to do about it.
Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.
Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.
Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.
43%Complex problem solving
Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.
Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.
Maintaining equipment and deciding what maintenance will be needed in the future.
43%Judgment and decision making
Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.
Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
43%Quality control analysis
Doing tests and checking products, services, or processes to make sure they are working properly.
Talking to others.
Managing your own and other peoples' time to get work done.
41%Coordination with others
Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.
41%Operation and control
Controlling equipment or systems.
Reading work related information.
Looking for ways to help people.
Understanding why people react the way they do.
Figuring out the best way to teach or learn something new.
Deciding on the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.
These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.
Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
57%Customer and personal service
Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.
56%Computers and electronics
Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.
The physical laws of matter, motion and energy, and how they interact through space and time.
47%Education and training
Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
46%Administration and management
Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.
45%Public safety and security
Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.
43%Engineering and technology
Use engineering, science and technology to design and produce goods and services.
English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Chemical composition, structure, and properties. How chemicals are made, used, mixed, and can change.
Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.
Design techniques, tools, and principles used to make detailed technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
30%Sales and marketing
Showing, promoting, and selling including marketing strategy, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.
29%Production and processing
Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.
Moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road.
Human behaviour; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; assessing and treating disorders.
20%Personnel and human resources
Recruiting and training people, managing pay and other entitlements (like sick leave), and negotiating pay and conditions.
18%Law and government
How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.
15%Economics and accounting
Economics and accounting, the financial markets, banking and checking and reporting of financial data.
Workers use these physical and mental abilities..
Tell the difference between sounds.
Quickly move your hand to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
Put together small parts with your fingers.
Quickly change the controls of a machine, car, truck or boat.
See details that are up-close (within a few feet).
Keep your hand or arm steady.
Listen to and understand what people say.
Imagine how something will look after it is moved around or changed.
Communicate by speaking.
Pay attention to a certain sound when there are other distracting sounds.
Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.
Use your arms and/or legs at the same time while sitting, standing, or lying down.
Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.
Pay attention to something without being distracted.
45%Sorting or ordering
Order or arrange things in a pattern or sequence (e.g., numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
Use lots of detailed information to come up with answers or make general rules.
Come up with a number of ideas about a topic, even if the ideas aren't very good.
Come up with unusual or clever ideas, or creative ways to solve a problem.
Identify and understand the speech of another person.
Use your abdominal and lower back muscles a number of times without 'giving out' or fatiguing.
These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.
72%Working with mechanical equipment
Servicing, repairing, adjusting, and testing machines, devices, moving parts, and equipment.
72%Handling and moving objects
Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, moving and manipulating objects.
59%Doing physically active work
Use your arms, legs and whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling objects.
55%Keeping your knowledge up-to-date
Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.
55%Driving vehicles or equipment
Running, manoeuvring, navigating, or driving things like forklifts, vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.
55%Monitoring people, processes and things
Checking objects, actions, or events, and keeping an eye out for problems.
53%Working with electronic equipment
Servicing, repairing, calibrating, regulating, fine-tuning, or testing electronic devices and equipment.
52%Controlling equipment or machines
Operating machines or processes either directly or using controls (not including computers or vehicles).
49%Making decisions and solving problems
Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.
Using your own ideas for developing, designing, or creating something new.
42%Communicating within a team
Giving information to co-workers by telephone, in writing, or in person.
42%Checking for errors or defects
Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials for errors, problems or defects.
42%Working with the public
Greeting or serving customers, clients or guests, and public speaking or performing.
40%Planning and prioritising work
Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.
40%Researching and investigating
Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.
38%Working with computers
Using computers to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
37%Collecting and organising information
Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or checking information or data.
37%Documenting or recording information
Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
34%Looking for changes over time
Comparing objects, actions, or events. Looking for differences between them or changes over time.
34%Assessing and evaluating things
Working out the value, importance, or quality of things, services or people.
Interests and demands
Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.
Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.
Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants and animals, or materials like wood, tools, and machinery.
Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.
Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.
Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.
Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.
Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.
Work alone and make decisions. Workers are able to try out their own ideas, make decisions on their own, and work with little or no supervision.
Supportive management that stands behind employees. Workers are treated fairly by their company, they are supported by management, and have supervisors who train them well.
Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.
Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.
Advancement and the potential to lead. Workers are recognised for the work that they do, they may give directions and instructions to others, and they are looked up to in their company and their community.
Serve and work with others. Workers usually get along well with each other, do things to help other people, and are rarely pressured to do things that go against their sense of right and wrong.
98%Using your hands to handle, control, or feel
Spend time using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls.
92%Spend time standing
Spend time standing at work.
Talk with people face-to-face.
92%Exposure to contaminants
Be exposed to pollutants, gases, dust or odours.
90%Being exact or accurate
Be very exact or highly accurate.
88%Indoors, heat controlled
Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.
Work to strict deadlines.
86%Impact of decisions
Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.
85%Loud or uncomfortable sounds
Be exposed to noises and sounds that are distracting or uncomfortable.
85%Wear common protective or safety equipment
Wear equipment like safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets.
82%Contact with people
Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.
80%Frequent decision making
Frequently make decisions that impact other people.
79%Freedom to make decisions
Have freedom to make decision on your own.
79%Consequence of error
Work where mistakes have serious consequences.
Work with people in a group or team.
75%Making repetitive motions
Spend time making repetitive motions.
74%Contact with the public
Work with customers or the public.
Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.
Talk on the telephone.
71%Bending or twisting your body
Spend time bending or twisting your body.
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