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If you have a knack for fixing stuff, you may want to consider becoming a motorcycle mechanic.

Motorcycle Mechanics

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS.gov), motorcycle mechanics perform routine service and repairs on various parts of a motorcycle, including the engine, transmission, brakes and ignition systems. Further, some mechanics may focus on one particular make or model of a motorcycle.

Ready to head off to motorcycle mechanic school? Read on and make sure it's the right decision.

Motorcycle mechanic specializations

While many motorcycle mechanics stick to repairing and servicing motorcycles, there are other specializations for a motorcycle mechanic, according to the BLS, such as:

  • Choppers
  • Scooters
  • Mopeds
  • Dirt bikes
  • All-terrain vehicles

Though the specifics may vary, the goal of each specialization is the same: Service and repair the part or parts that need it.

Motorcycle mechanic certifications and degrees

The typical route of small engine mechanics (including motorcycle mechanics), according to the BLS, is a high school diploma paired with on-the-job training. But though that may in some cases get you in the door, employers often prefer employees with postsecondary education (sometimes in small engine repair), with completed courses in small engine repair, automobile mechanics and science.

Certification is not required, though it "can demonstrate a mechanic's competence and usually brings higher pay," according to the BLS. Certification from the Equipment & Engine Training Council (eetc.org), which requires passing a test, is the industry-recognized small-engine mechanic credential for small engine mechanics, according to the BLS. Manufacturers may also offer certification for equipment or specific repair methods.

Motorcycle mechanic salary and career outlook

According to the BLS, the mean annual wage of motorcycle mechanics in the United States as of May 2013 was $35,400, with the lowest-paid 10 percent earning an annual wage of up to $20,930 and the highest-paid 10 percent earning an annual wage of at least $53,330.

Employment of motorcycle mechanics, according to the BLS, is expected to grow by 6 percent between 2012 and 2022, with the number of registered motorcycles increasing being a listed reason. Job prospects are expected to be better for those with postsecondary education.

As far as where geographically the growth will happen the most, Projections Central expects that between 2012 and 2022 the states with growth increasing the most, percent-wise, will be:

  • Tennessee: 27.1 percent
  • California: 26.7 percent
  • Florida: 23.3 percent
  • Colorado: 23.1 percent
  • Washington: 22.7 percent
  • Utah:21.5 percent
  • Idaho:21.5 percent
  • Arizona: 17.7 percent
  • South Dakota: 17.3 percent
  • Alaska: 16.0 percent

If you like fixing stuff, and especially appreciate motorcycles or other small engine vehicles, then you may want to consider learning more about motorcycle mechanic schools and give this growing career field a shot. You may find that, in the specialization you choose (motorcycles, scooters, mopeds, dirt bikes or all-terrain vehicles), it's a job that suits you well.

Sources:

About Certification, Equipment & Engine Training Council, General Information about EETC Certification Tests, accessed Sept. 16, 2014, http://www.eetc.org/?page=AboutCertification

LongTerm Occupational Projections, Long Term Projections, Motorcycle Mechanics, 2012-2022 https://www.projectionscentral.com/Projections/LongTerm

Motorcycle Mechanics, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics, May 2013 http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes493052.htm

Small Engine Mechanics, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 edition, http://www.bls.gov/ooh/installation-maintenance-and-repair/small-engine-mechanics.htm#tab-1

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Get a hands-on, job-specific education at Lincoln Tech.

Programs : Motorcycle Technology, Automotive Technology, and more.

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East Windsor: 97 Newberry Road East Windsor, CT 06088

Union: 2299 Vauxhall Road Union, NJ 07083

Nashville: 1524 Gallatin Road Nashville, TN 37206

Mahwah: 70 McKee Drive Mahwah, NJ 07430

Grand Prairie: 2501 East Arkansas Lane Grand Prairie, TX 75052

Whitestone: 15-30 Petracca Place Whitestone, NY 11357

Denver: 460 South Lipan Street Denver, CO 80223

Melrose Park: 8317 W. North Avenue Melrose Park, IL 60160

West Palm Beach: 2410 Metrocentre Blvd West Palm Beach, FL 33407

Philadelphia: 9191 Torresdale Avenue Philadelphia, PA 19136

Indianapolis: 7225 Winton Drive Building 128 Indianapolis, IN 46268

Columbia: 9325 Snowden River Parkway Columbia, MD 21046

Advance your career with our affordable, self-paced, career-focused distance education programs.

Programs : Motorcycle Repair Technician, Auto Repair Technician, Small Engine Repair, and more.

Campus Locations : Online

Earn Your Diploma from Home!

Programs : Auto Mechanics, Small Engine Repair, and more.

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Earn your degree or diploma on your schedule and succeed at Ashworth College.

Programs : Motorcycle Repair, Automotive Technician, and more.

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Westwood College is dedicated to preparing students with the knowledge, skills and training needed for meaningful employment. Through education, we create opportunities, change lives and impact futures. Please call 855-816-4009 or fill out the form!

Programs : Automotive Technology (A), and more.

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Denver: 7350 North Broadway, Suite 1200 Denver, CO 80221

Discover the Advantages of Porter and Chester . At Porter and Chester Institute, we’re serious about preparing you for career success.

Programs : Automotive Technology, and more.

Campus Locations :

Canton: 5 Campanelli Circle Canton, MA 02021

Stratford: 670 Lordship Boulevard Stratford, CT 06615

Chicopee: 134 Dulong Circle Chicopee, MA 01022

Worcester: 220 Brooks Street Worcester, MA 01606

Rocky Hill: 30 Waterchase Dr Rocky Hill, CT 06067

Woburn: 8 Presidential Way Woburn, MA 01801

Enfield: 138 Weymouth Road Enfield, CT 06082

Branford: 221 West Main Street Branford, CT 06405

Oakville: 320 Sylvan Lake Road Oakville, CT 06779

At UEI College, we want you to succeed. We’re like a family and we want you to be a part of it.

Programs : Automotive Technician (9-Month Diploma Program), and more.

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Gardena: 661 W. Redondo Beach Blvd. Gardena, CA 90247

Take your career to the next step with IntelliTec College.

Programs : Automotive Technician (Colorado Springs), and more.

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Colorado Springs: 2315 East Pikes Peak Avenue Colorado Springs, CO 80909

NASCAR Technical Institute is the exclusive educational provider for NASCAR and the only campus in the country to offer this exclusive training.

Programs : Automotive Technology, and more.

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Orlando: 2202 W. Taft Vineland Rd. Orlando, FL 32837

Rancho Cucamonga: 9494 Haven Avenue Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730

Houston: 721 Lockhaven Drive Houston, TX 77073

Lisle: 2611 Corporate West Drive Lisle, IL 60532

Avondale: 10695 W. Pierce Street Avondale, AZ 85323

Norwood: One Upland Road, Building 200 Norwood, MA 02062

Sacramento: 4100 Duckhorn Dr, Sacramento, CA 95834

Mooresville: 220 Byers Creek Road Mooresville, NC 28117

Irving: 5151 Regent Blvd. Irving, TX 75063

Exton: 750 Pennsylvania Drive Exton, PA 19341

New York ADI is the only ASE-certified autobody program in all of New York City.

Programs : Certified Automotive Technician, Master Certified Automotive Technician, and more.

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Jamaica: 178-18 Liberty Ave Jamaica, NY 11433

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