Motorcycle, All-terrain Vehicle, and Other Related Mechanics

(NOC 7334)

in All Trades and Transportation

Mechanics in this group test, repair and service motorcycles, motor scooters, snowmobiles, outboard motors, forklifts, and all-terrain vehicles. They work for service shops of motorcycle dealers and retailers and by independent service shops.

Job Outlook

Undetermined

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  • Estimate change in employment not available for this occupation.
  • Estimate openings due to growth and retirements not available for this occupation.
  • Estimate rate of unemployment not available for this occupation.

Compared to: All Trades and Transportation

  • Estimate 205 employment change, 2019-2021
  • Estimate 4385 openings due to growth and retirements, 2018-2020
  • Estimate rate of unemployment not available for these occupation.

This is not a large occupation in Nova Scotia so job opportunities may not be that frequent. With a moderate percent of workers being 55 years of age and older, retirements are expected to contribute somewhat to employment opportunities over the coming years. Motorcycle, All-terrain Vehicle, and Other Related Mechanics most commonly work full-time hours.

The median employment income for 54% of Motorcycle, All-terrain Vehicle, and Other Related Mechanics who worked full-time, year-round in 2015 was $43,101. Across all occupations in Nova Scotia, 59% of those who worked full-time year round had a median employment income of $43,600.
(Source: 2016 Census)

Hourly Pay

$16.00

Minimum

$21.00

Median

$29.53

Maximum

Annual Pay

$12,116

Minimum

$38,856

Median

$86,582

Maximum

Compared to: All Trades and Transportation

Hourly Pay

$13.50

Minimum

$27.25

Median

$35.50

Maximum

Annual Pay

$7,580

Minimum

$37,269

Median

$79,787

Maximum

About the job

Nature of work

Mechanics in this group test, repair and service motorcycles, motor scooters, snowmobiles, outboard motors, forklifts, and all-terrain vehicles. They work for service shops of motorcycle dealers and retailers and by independent service shops.

Job duties

Mechanics:

  • Review work orders and discuss work to be performed with supervisor.
  • Inspect and test engine and other mechanical components using test devices to diagnose and isolate faults.
  • Adjust, repair, or replace mechanical or electrical system parts and components using hand tools and equipment.
  • Test and adjust repaired systems for proper performance.
  • Complete scheduled maintenance service on equipment.
  • Advise customers on work done and general condition of equipment.
  • Estimate repair costs.
  • May repair and rebuild hoisting mechanism and other mechanical systems on industrial trucks and forklifts.

Sample job titles

  • all-terrain vehicle repairer
  • forklift mechanic
  • inboard-outboard mechanic
  • industrial truck mechanic
  • motor boat mechanic
  • motorcycle mechanic
  • outboard motor mechanic
  • snowmobile repairer

Skills

This work requires mechanical skills. You should be able to follow instructions and perform detailed work. Patience and the ability to be methodical are required when testing motors and equipment. Analytical skills are required to determine what is causing equipment to malfunction and decide on the necessary repairs. You should also have good motor coordination, physical strength, and stamina.

Job requirements

  • High school is usually required.
  • For motorcycle mechanics, completion of a three- to four-year apprenticeship program or a combination of over three years of work experience in the trade and some high school or college courses in motorcycle repair is usually required to be eligible for trade certification.
  • Motorcycle mechanic trade certification is available, but voluntary, in Nova Scotia.
  • Other mechanics in this group may require several years of on-the-job training.
  • Red Seal Endorsement (RSE) is also available to qualified motorcycle mechanics upon successful completion of the interprovincial Red Seal examination.

Other considerations

Progression to supervisory positions is possible with experience.

By the numbers

Quick look

230

employed in 2016

95.7%

employed full-time

10.9%

self employed

4.3%
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95.7%
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41.4

median age

Compared to: All Trades and Transportation

57,925

employed in 2016

85.9%

employed full-time

11.8%

self employed

5.3%
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94.7%
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46.8

median age

Where will I likely work?

37.8%

Halifax

26.7%

Southern

15.6%

North Shore

15.6%

Annapolis Valley

4.4%

Cape Breton

Compared to: All NS Occupations

47.0%

Halifax

15.6%

North Shore

12.9%

Annapolis Valley

12.7%

Cape Breton

11.8%

Southern

Top Industries of Employment

33.3%

Retail trade

19.4%

Other services (except public administration)

19.4%

Manufacturing

13.9%

Transportation and warehousing

13.9%

Wholesale trade

What is the age of Employment?

31.0%

25-34

20.0%

35-44

18.0%

45-54

16.0%

55-64

11.0%

15-24

4.0%

65+

Compared to: All Trades and Transportation

24.4%

45-54

22.1%

55-64

17.7%

35-44

17.7%

25-34

10.9%

15-24

Top levels of education

40.4%

Trades certificate

$46,911 median annual income
31.9%

College certificate or diploma

$40,560 median annual income
17.0%

High school

$38,501 median annual income
8.5%

Less than high school

N/A

Compared to: All Trades and Transportation

29.2%

Trades certificate

$46,494 median annual income
25.5%

High school

$31,260 median annual income
22.3%

College certificate or diploma

$42,050 median annual income
18.7%

Less than high school

$28,319 median annual income
2.8%

Bachelor's degree

$30,527 median annual income

Education & training

Adult high school/secondary diploma programs

This program is typically offered at the high school level.

The Nova Scotia School for Adult Learning (NSSAL) administers, coordinates, and supports the development and delivery of adult education programs through learning partners in Nova Scotia. Our learning partners include the Nova Scotia Community College, Adult High Schools, Université Sainte-Anne, and community-based learning organizations that offer tuition-free programming across the province. NSSAL offers clear, accessible pathways from adult basic education to a high school credential or GED, empowering Nova Scotians to achieve their learning and employment goals.

Institutions providing this program

Universite Sainte-Anne

Siège Social: 1695, Route 1

Pointe-de-l'Église, NS B0W 1M0

(902) 769-2114

Nova Scotia Community College - Adult Learning

PO Box 220

Halifax, NS B3J 2M4

(866) 679-6722

Adult High Schools

Various, NS

Community Learning Organizations

Various, NS

Motorcycle maintenance and repair technology/technician

This program is typically offered at the trades/college level.

This instructional program class includes any program that prepares individuals to apply technical knowledge and skills to repair, service, and maintain motorcycles and other similar powered vehicles. These programs include courses in lubrication and cooling systems, electrical and ignition systems, carburetion, fuel systems and adjustments of moving parts.

Institutions providing this program

Nova Scotia Community College - Marconi Campus

PO Box 1042, 1240 Grand Lake Road

Sydney, NS B1P 6J7

(902) 563-2450

Apprenticeship Training

Department of Labour and Advanced Education 2021 Brunswick Street, PO Box 578

Halifax, NS B3J 2S9

(800) 494-5651

Employment requirements & contacts

Regulations

Motorcycle Mechanic

Certificate of Qualification (Voluntary): This job is a designated trade in Nova Scotia. Employers may require certification, however; a certificate is not needed to legally work in this job.

Regulating body:
Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency
2021 Brunswick Street, PO Box 578
Halifax, NS B3J 2S9
(800) 494-5651
(902) 424-0717

Contacts

Red Seal
c/o Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency PO Box 578
Halifax, B3J 2S9
Tel: (902) 424-5651
Fax: (902) 424-0717

Job postings

There are currently no job postings for this occupation.