Motorcycle Mechanic

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  • Maintains, tests and repairs the mechanical parts of motorcycles.
Work Tasks (may include any combination of the following):
  • Detects and diagnoses faults in engines and parts; dismantles and removes engine assemblies, transmissions, steering mechanisms and other components, and checks parts; repairs and replacing worn and defective parts and reassembles mechanical components, and refers to service manuals as needed; performs scheduled maintenance services such as oil changes, lubrications and engine tune-ups to achieve smoother running of vehicles and ensure compliance with pollution regulations; reassembles engines and parts after being repaired; tests and adjusts mechanical parts after being repaired for proper performance, diagnoses and test parts with the assistance of computers; may inspect vehicles and issue roadworthiness certificates or detail work required to achieve roadworthiness.
Work Environment:
  • Works indoors in spaces that are usually adequately heated and ventilated. Outdoors work is likely to be carried out in all weathers. Worksites will often be noisy and dirty.
  • Frequently works on, in and under the particular type of machinery being serviced. Employees may work in confined spaces or under hoists.
  • Will utilise a variety of personal protective equipment including eye, ear and foot protection.
Work Function/Activity1:
  • The physical demand is medium with occasional requirements for heavy lifting.
  • Standing is constantly required, often on concrete floors. Walking about the worksite is frequently required. Sitting is not required.
  • Stretching up and across is frequently required.
  • Squatting, crouching or kneeling, and twisting of the body or neck are required occasionally. Lifting, carrying and holding in place a range of engine parts, tools and equipment is frequently required. Bending is frequently required.
  • Repetitive movements are occasionally required especially in the use of hands and arms for screwing, holding and tightening but power tools are often used.
  • Driving is occasionally required but is not a significant component of the job.
  • Employees use a range of general engineering hand, power and machine tools and equipment.
  • Mental activities necessary include technical, problem-solving and decision-making skills.
Further Comments:
  • There are limited opportunities for flexibility of movement.
Entry Requirements:
  • A New Zealand Register Level 4 qualification or at least three years of relevant experience. In some instances relevant experience and/or on-the-job training may be required in addition to the formal qualification. For entry-level positions on-the-job training may be sufficient. Registration may be required.

1 This document is based on ANZSCO, 2006 (code 321213). Other sources of information that may have been consulted are industry contacts, employers, newspapers and internet-based sources. For physical demand level definitions see Matheson, L.N. (1996). Functional Capacity Evaluation.