How to become a motorcycle mechanic

You can get into this job through:

  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship
  • applying directly

College

You could do a college course, which would teach you some of the skills you need in this job. Relevant courses include:

  • Level 2 and Level 3 Diploma in Motorcycle Maintenance and Repair Competence

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D), or equivalent, for a level 2 course
  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, for a level 3 course

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Apprenticeship

You can complete an intermediate or advanced apprenticeship as a motorcycle mechanic.

Entry requirements

To get onto an apprenticeship, you'll find it useful to have:

  • 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship
  • some GCSEs, usually including English and maths, or equivalent, for an intermediate apprenticeship

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Volunteering

You'll find it useful to contact a local workshop or garage for work experience.

You can also volunteer to work at road racing or motocross events organised by Auto-Cycle Union and AMCA.

Direct Application

You can apply directly to employers if you've got some experience of mechanical engineering or repairing vehicles.

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Professional and industry bodies

You could join the Institute of the Motor Industry for professional development and training opportunities.

Further information

You can find out more about becoming a motorcycle mechanic from Autocity.

What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • the ability to use, repair and maintain machines and tools
  • the ability to work well with your hands
  • complex problem-solving skills
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • the ability to use your initiative
  • persistence and determination
  • knowledge of physics
  • customer service skills
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

Restrictions and Requirements

You'll usually need a valid motorcycle licence.

What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

Your day-to-day duties may include:

  • carrying out maintenance checks
  • diagnosing mechanical and electrical faults
  • repairing faults and road testing motorcycles
  • stripping, rebuilding and tuning engines
  • advising customers on repair times and costs
  • updating repair and service records
  • customising motorcycles to match customers' needs

Working environment

You could work at a garage or in a workshop.

Your working environment may be noisy and dirty.

You may need to wear protective clothing.

Career path and progression

You could become a motorcycle diagnostic technician, workshop manager or train for a career as a motorcycle MOT examiner.

You could also start your own sales and repair business or specialise in customised bike building.

Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

Motor Vehicle Apprentice

  • Wage: £144.30 Weekly
  • Location: Liverpool

Suzuki Motorcycle Technician Apprenticeship (Level 3)

  • Wage: £156.00 Weekly
  • Location: Canterbury

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