A motorcycle mechanic must have thorough knowledge in the working of a motorcycle including the maintenance of two cycle and four cycle engines, electrical systems, hydraulics and other equipments found in the motorcycles. The mechanic must also know how to remove, repair and replace the duty worn parts of a motorcycle including the wheels, clutches, brakes, drive chains and transmissions.

Motorcycle trade schools provide training programs in motorcycle mechanics. Such schools typically offer a diploma or certificate programs varying from one to two years in duration. Training programs students will often take classes in automobile mechanics, science and business math. The programs include class room instructions and hands-on training in working with motorcycle engines, electrical systems, chassis systems, fuel systems, brake systems, exhaust systems, transmissions and every other aspect of a motorcycle. At the school each student will learn to diagnose mechanical, engine, electrical and fuel problems. The student also learns in what all ways things can go wrong and how to make repairs in the shortest time. Another part of the study program deals with the maintenance of motorcycles produced by a particular manufacturer such as BMW, Suzuki, Yamaha, Honda, Harley-Davison etc. Those who want to carry out warranty repairs for a particular company must surely attend these specific programs. It is seen that majority of the students chose to specialize this way.

A motorcycle mechanic will also work on other types of small engine machines like motor scoters, mopeds, dirt bikes, ATV’s and other terrain vehicles. Some others chose to work as apprentice to an experienced mechanics instead of going to the trade school. In any case it will take three to five years of on-the-job work experience to become proficient in all the aspects of motorcycle mechanics.

A skilled motor mechanic must pay attention to even the smallest details, have tolerance for grease, chemicals and noises, efficiently use a variety of hand tools and the latest equipments in technology. He/she must also have outstanding time management skills and the ability to work independently.

A motorcycle mechanic usually works in repair shops that are well ventilated and illuminated. During the peak seasons they may have to work for up to forty hours a week while during the snowy winter seasons when most of the bikes will be off the road they may work on other small engine equipments like lawn mowers, all-terrain vehicles, snow blowers, snowmobiles etc. An experienced motorcycle mechanic may advance to the position of shop supervisor or service manager. Some mechanics will open their own repair shop while some others will try their luck as sales representatives for motorcycle equipments and products.

One may find a number of motorcycle trade schools in Dallas Fort Worth which is home to ten Fortune 500 companies and has many economic industries in retail trade, professional/scientific and health care. Some of them are the ATI Career Training Center, DeVry University, ITT Technical Institute, Universal Technical Institute, Lincoln Tech, Westwood College and Remington College. Further details may be had from the internet and the Texas State Board of Education.