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Do you have a passion for motorcycles and are considering making a career out of it? Training to become a motorcycle technician at Motorcycle Mechanics Institute (MMI) could be the right move for you.1
There are a ton of motorcycle enthusiasts out there, as well as those who love to ride personal watercraft, all-terrain vehicles and side-by-sides — meaning there’s a need for trained individuals to help repair and maintain these modes of
Keep reading to learn more about the life of a motorcycle tech, from job duties to work environment and compensation.
Now that you know a bit about what a motorcycle technician does, what does an average day on the job look like for them? The daily routine of a mechanic can vary, but some common duties include:
Some technicians work on specific brands or specialize in a certain type of vehicle. These factors can also affect the day-to-day tasks they perform.
The typical work environment for a motorcycle technician is going to be fast-paced. They’ll work with other mechanics and will need to be able to keep up with the changes that come their way. It’s also important for technicians to adhere to
safety procedures. This includes wearing protective eyewear and gloves that will prevent injuries when making repairs on different vehicles.
Motorcycle technicians can work in many settings, including:
Successful technicians need to pay close attention to detail and have a passion for their work. Having a good work ethic can take you a long way in the industry! You can explore more about different motorcycle technician careers here.
Having a foundational education and hands-on experience working as a motorcycle technician before trying to get a job in the industry are increasingly important. Employers are looking to hire those with the right training, especially as technology continues
The 42-week Motorcycle Technician Training program at MMI is designed to train you for troubleshooting and repairing motorcycles, ATVs, side-by-sides and personal watercraft.7
MMI’s industry relationships help ensure you’ll be trained using current technology and equipment. You also can count on instructors with real-world experience to guide you through both classroom and lab learning.
MMI offers six manufacturer-specific programs to choose from after completing core training, which takes place over the first 18 weeks. These manufacturer programs are endorsed
by each of the following brands and are made possible due to the relationships they have with MMI:
Manufacturer-specific training encompasses the last 24 weeks of the program. After that, you can choose to advance your education further by completing optional training programs. These include:
Whether you choose to pursue additional training or not, MMI can help give you the education you need for an entry-level career in the industry.
One of the questions you may have when thinking of pursuing a career in the industry is, “What is the average motorcycle technician salary?”
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the median annual salary for motorcycle
mechanics in the United States was $38,010 in May 2020.30 This means half of motorcycle technicians earned more and half earned less. Keep in mind that salary depends on several factors, including experience,
employer, demand and cost of living in the area.
Something else to consider is that there are many people driving motorcycles every day. There will be a need for qualified technicians and mechanics to work on bikes as long as people are out there cruising!
Once technicians have gained experience in the industry, they have the potential to pursue other career opportunities. These might include management positions or roles that are more customer-service
oriented, like service writer.
Two MMI campus locations offer motorcycle technician training: Phoenix, Arizona, and Orlando, Florida. Classes start every six
weeks, giving you the flexibility you need to start your education on your schedule.
You can graduate in just 42 weeks with the skills and experience needed for an entry-level career in the industry. Visit our program page to learn more.
If you think pursuing a career as a motorcycle technician is the right path for you, click the link below or call (800) 834-7308 to connect with an Admissions Representative today.
1) MMI is an educational institution and cannot guarantee employment or salary.
2) For program outcome information and other disclosures, visit www.uti.edu/disclosures.
7) Some programs may require longer than one year to complete.
30) MMI’s Motorcycle Technician Training program prepares graduates for entry-level positions using the provided training, primarily as motorcycle technicians. Estimated annual salary is for Motorcycle Mechanics as published in the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ May 2020 Occupational Employment and Wages. Entry-level salaries are lower for MMI graduates. MMI is an educational institution and cannot guarantee employment or salary. MMI graduates’ achievements may vary. Individual circumstances and wages depend on economic factors, personal credentials, work experience, industry certifications, the location of the employer, and their compensation programs. Some MMI graduates get jobs within their field of study in positions other than as a motorcycle technician, such as service writer, equipment maintenance, and parts associate. Salary information for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts: The average annual entry-level salary for persons employed as Motorcycle Mechanic (49-3052) in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts is $30,660 (Massachusetts Labor and Workforce Development, May 2020 data https://lmi.dua.eol.mass.gov/lmi/OccupationalEmploymentAndWageSpecificOccupations#). Salary information for North Carolina: The U.S. Department of Labor estimates the hourly median wage for skilled motorcycle technicians in North Carolina is $15.94 (Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, May 2020 Occupational Employment and Wages, Motorcycle Mechanics). The Bureau of Labor Statistics does not publish entry-level salary data. However, the 25th and 10th percentiles of hourly earnings in North Carolina are $12.31 and $10.56, respectively.
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