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Summary of occupation

Motor cycle mechanics work on the engines and other components of motor cycles. They fix, maintain and upgrade engines, electrical parts and panels with techniques such as welding and electrical work. They may, for example, take apart and reassemble a motor cycle engine to repair a fault, or smooth out the dents on a panel and then repaint it.

ANZSCO description: Maintains, tests and repairs the mechanical  parts of motorcycles. Registration or licensing may be required.
Alternative names: Light Engine Mechanic, Light Vehicle Motor Mechanic
Specialisations:
Job prospects: Average
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Knowledge, skills and attributes

A motor cycle mechanic needs:

  • to be good with detailed work
  • initiative and problem-solving skills
  • the ability to read and interpret technical manuals
  • to be fit and able to work with heavy machinery
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Working conditions

Motor cycle mechanics work mainly in garages, workshops and other areas where motor cycles are serviced, repaired or maintained. They work with oils, petrol, greases and other chemical products which can cause skin irritation. Mechanics should also be physically fit so they can lift and move heavy tools or machinery. Work areas can quickly become messy and dirty.

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Salary details

On average, motorcycle mechanics, classified under motor mechanics, can expect to earn between $1 000 and $1 249 per week ($52 000 and $64 999 per year), depending on the organisation they work for and their level of experience. ​

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Tools and technologies

On average, motorcycle mechanics, classified under motor mechanics, can expect to earn between $1 000 and $1 249 per week ($52 000 and $64 999 per year), depending on the organisation they work for and their level of experience. 

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Education and training/entrance requirements

To become a motorcycle mechanic, you usually have to complete an apprenticeship. An automotive technician (motor cycle) apprenticeship usually takes 42 to 48 months to complete, and is available as a school-based apprenticeship. 

To work as a motorcycle mechanic in Western Australia, you will need to acquire a Motor Vehicle Repairer's Certificate, or work under the supervision of someone who holds a current certificate. The certificate is available from the Commissioner of Consumer Protection at the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety​. 

A National Police Certificate is required to gain a Motor Vehicle Repairer's Certificate.

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Apprenticeships and traineeships

As an apprentice or trainee, you enter into a formal training contract with an employer. You spend most of your time working and learning practical skills on the job and you spend some time undertaking structured training with a registered training provider of your choice. They will assess your skills and when you are competent in all areas, you will be awarded a nationally recognised qualification.

If you are still at school you can access an apprenticeship through your school. You generally start your school based apprenticeship by attending school three days a week, spending one day at a registered training organisation and one day at work. Talk to your school's VET Co-ordinator to start your training now through VET in Schools. If you get a full-time apprenticeship you can apply to leave school before reaching the school leaving age.

If you are no longer at school you can apply for an apprenticeship or traineeship and get paid while you learn and work.

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Recognition of prior learning

If you think you already have some of the skills or competencies, obtained either through non-formal or informal learning, you may be able to gain credit through recognition of prior learning.

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