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NOC Code: NOC Code: 7334 Occupation: Motorcycle, all-terrain vehicle and other related mechanics
Occupation Description: Occupation Description:
Mechanics in this unit group test, repair and service motorcycles, motor scooters, snowmobiles, outboard motors, forklifts and all-terrain vehicles. They are employed by service shops of motorcycle dealers and retailers and by independent service establishments. Mechanics in this unit group test, repair and service motorcycles, motor scooters, snowmobiles, outboard motors, forklifts and all-terrain vehicles. They are employed by service shops of motorcycle dealers and retailers and by independent service establishments.

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Essential Skills Essential Skills Levels
Reading Reading 1 2 3
Writing Writing 1 2
Document Use Document Use 1 2 3 4
Digital Technology Digital Technology 1 2
Oral Communication Oral Communication 1 2 3
Money Math Money Math 1 2 3
Scheduling or Budgeting and Accounting Scheduling or Budgeting and Accounting 1
Measurement and Calculation Measurement and Calculation 1 2 3
Data Analysis Data Analysis 1 2 3
Numerical Estimation Numerical Estimation 1 2
Job Task Planning and Organizing Job Task Planning and Organizing 1 2
Decision Making Decision Making 1 2
Problem Solving Problem Solving 1 2
Critical Thinking Critical Thinking 1 2 3


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Reading
  • Read notes, comments and instructions on work orders, labels and product packaging. For example, read comments on work orders to learn about the repairs to be carried out and instructions on labels to determine the safe use and storage of cleaning solvents. (1)
  • Read memos from supervisors, and bulletins and notices from product manufacturers. For example, read memos about changes to the organization's billing procedures and upcoming training events. Also read bulletins outlining warranty provisions for defective parts and notices to learn about repairs to recalled vehicles. (2)
  • Read product brochures and trade magazines for information about new tools, diagnostic equipment and motorcycle accessories. For example, read brochures which describe the features of tools such as seal removers and compression testers. Read reviews in trade magazines that describe and compare the performance of motorcycles, snow machines and all-terrain vehicles. (2)
  • Read regulations governing the roadworthiness, noise and emission standards of motorcycles, snowmobiles and all-terrain vehicles. For example, read regulations for out-of-province vehicle inspections. Read reports issued by Environment Canada that outline plans to introduce outboard engine emission standards similar to those enforced in the United States. (3)
  • Read operating and service manuals for detailed operating, repair and assembly instructions. For example, read operating manuals of diagnostic equipment such as dynamometers and gas analyzers. Read service manuals to learn procedures for troubleshooting and repairing faults in motorcycles, snowmobiles and all-terrain vehicles. (3)
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Writing
  • Write brief reminder notes and brief descriptions. For example, write brief notes to describe how to reassemble components such as gear boxes and hubs. Outline repair operations in logbooks. (1)
  • Write notes to record your observations and recommendations. For example, note the reasons why vehicles are not roadworthy on work orders. Describe the condition of parts on warranty claim forms. Write short comments on safety inspection forms to describe the condition of vehicles. (2)
  • Write accounts of workplace accidents on reporting forms. Describe the events leading to the accidents and the actions taken afterwards. (2)
  • Write brief emails to request and provide information. For example, email manufacturers to request technical service bulletins and justify the costs of repairs covered by warranties. Email questions to customers in order to gather additional information about equipment faults. (2)
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Document Use
  • Scan labels on product packaging, equipment and drawings to locate data such as part and vehicle identification numbers, and operating specifications. (1)
  • Identify symbols on labels, material packaging, technical drawings and signage. For example, learn about toxicity hazards by observing symbols on solvent labels. (1)
  • Locate operational data such as revolutions per minute, ground speed and torque from graphs, lists and tables generated by diagnostic equipment such as engine analyzers and dynamometers. (2)
  • Complete forms such as work orders, job estimates, inspection checklists, parts requisitions and warranty claims. Record contact information, dates, service intervals, part identification numbers, dimensions, quantities and unit prices. (2)
  • Obtain information from lists and tables. For example, locate part identification numbers, descriptions, dimensions, and quantities required from parts lists. Locate dimensions, clearances, valve timings and other data in specification tables. (2)
  • Scan a variety of technical drawings to identify the order and positioning of parts such as sensors, gears, pins and belts. For example, examine cut-away drawings of carburetors to determine the correct placement of diaphragms, springs and throttle plates. Study assembly drawings of camshaft assembles to learn how gaskets, bearings, woodruff keys and cam drive gears fit together. (3)
  • Study process schematics and flow charts of hydraulic, cooling, fuel and electrical systems to learn how to operate, identify circuits and devices, and to troubleshoot faults. For example, review complex wiring schematics to learn how electronic control modules operate and locate faulty circuits, connectors and fuses. Study flow charts to troubleshoot fuel and braking system faults. (4)
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Digital Technology
  • Use other computer and software applications. For example, use diagnostic equipment such as dynamometers and gas analyzers to determine engine operational data such as horsepower, torque, pressure readings and air-to-fuel ratios. (2)
  • Use communication software. For example, use email applications such as Outlook to exchange information and documents with suppliers, manufacturers and colleagues at other motorcycle repair shops. (2)
  • Use databases. For example, access the organization's service and repair databases to input customers' contact information, details of repairs and inventory data. Before starting work on customers' vehicles, retrieve and review the specifics of previously completed work. (2)
  • Use the Internet. For example, launch browsers such as Internet Explorer and Google Chrome to access specifications, technical service bulletins, recall notices and repair procedures from manufacturers' websites. Visit bookmarked sites and locate information using general search functions. (2)
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Oral Communication
  • Speak to partspeople and suppliers. For example, phone partspeople and suppliers to order parts and to ask about delivery times of existing orders. (1)
  • Communicate with customers to respond to questions and complaints, gather detailed information about the vehicles, explain vehicle maintenance procedures and to discuss the results of safety inspections and repairs. For example, ask customers detailed questions in order to troubleshoot electrical defects. Explain to customers why repairs took longer than expected and describe faults and deficiencies uncovered during safety inspections. (2)
  • Exchange technical repair and troubleshooting information with apprentices, co-workers, colleagues and manufacturers. For example, explain repair procedures to apprentices while demonstrating the task. Discuss unusual electronic control module faults with technical representatives on motorcycle manufacturers' helplines. (3)
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Money Math
  • Receive payments from customers and make change. (1)
  • Prepare repair quotes and invoices. Calculate labour charges by multiplying hours worked by shop rates, add amounts for parts and materials and calculate applicable taxes. (3)
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Scheduling or Budgeting and Accounting
  • Compare prices of used, reconditioned, aftermarket, and original equipment manufacturers' parts to determine differences in wholesale and retail prices. (1)
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Measurement and Calculation
  • Take pressure, temperature, vacuum and electrical readings to determine the operational status of vehicles. For example, take tire pressure readings to ensure tires are correctly inflated and voltage readings to assess the condition of batteries and charging systems. (1)
  • Calculate the effect that repairs and modifications have on engine performances. For example, mechanics in high performance shops may use formulae to determine net horsepower gains realized by installing custom fuel, mechanical and exhaust systems and by boring out cylinders. (2)
  • Calculate amounts of glycol and water and oil and gas mixtures. For example, use ratios to calculate amounts of oil and gas mixtures. Mix glycol with water to ensure that engines are protected from freezing and boiling over. (2)
  • Take a variety of measurements using specialized measuring tools. For example, use micrometers and callipers to measure inside and outside diameters, end lash in spindles and pins and tapers in cylinder bores. Use bore gauges to determine the precise diameters of cylinder bores and gas analyzers to measure air-to-fuel ratios. Mechanics in high performance shops may weigh parts precisely to ensure that engines are balanced and free from vibration. (3)
  • Use geometry to align wheels, chains, pulleys and sprockets. For example, use protractors to measure steering rake angles. Use laser levels to align wheels. Use protractors, shims and spacers to bring chains, pulleys and sprockets into line. (3)
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Data Analysis
  • Compare measurements of dimensions, revolutions per minute, speed, horsepower and torque to specifications. For example, compare the measurements of used parts to original equipment manufacturers' specifications to determine their usability. Compare tachometer readings to engine idle speeds specified in repair manuals to set throttle stops. (1)
  • Analyze pressure, power, torque, compression and electrical energy readings to assess vehicle performance and troubleshoot faults. For example, analyze a series of electrical readings produced by engines operating at various speeds to determine causes of charging system faults. (3)
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Numerical Estimation
  • Estimate the times required to complete repairs and modifications. Consider the requirements of the tasks, the availability of parts and the time taken to complete similar tasks in the past. (1)
  • Estimate the effect that repairs and modifications will have on engine performance. For example, a motorcycle mechanic in a high performance shop estimates the gains in horsepower that will be achieved by installing a custom exhaust system. The mechanic considers the engine's current horsepower and gains achieved with similar bikes and exhaust systems in the past. (2)
  • Estimate percentages of wear and useful life remaining for parts such as tires, belts, chains, sprockets, batteries and brake pads. Consider the extent of wear and the expected amount of future use. (2)
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Job Task Planning and Organizing
  • Motorcycle, all-terrain vehicle and other related mechanics organize their daily activities according to the work assigned to them by service managers. They sequence and prioritize their tasks to ensure that vehicles are completed on time and that labour, parts and equipment are efficiently utilized. They generally follow established repair and maintenance routines but their tasks may be disrupted by requests for information by supervisors, co-workers and customers and by shortages of repair parts. Motorcycle, all-terrain vehicle and other related mechanics may organize the activities of apprentices. (2)
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Decision Making
  • Select the order in which vehicles are serviced. Consider deadlines, availability of parts and equipment. (1)
  • Select parts suppliers. Consider the suppliers' selection of parts, pricing and the timeliness of deliveries. (2)
  • Decide to replace parts when repairs are not feasible or economical. Consider the condition of parts and their replacement costs. (2)
  • Select parts, tools, equipment and procedures needed to carry out repairs. Consider vehicles' makes, models, ages, type of repairs being carried out, availability of parts, tools and equipment. (2)
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Problem Solving
  • Encounter angry and upset customers. Determine the reasons for customers' dissatisfaction and explain actions and repair procedures. Refer unresolved complaints to service managers for follow-up and resolution. (1)
  • Repair deadlines cannot be met due to heavy workloads. Ask the service manager to prioritize repairs, enlist the help of co-workers and work overtime to complete high priority work. (2)
  • Vehicles cannot be repaired because specifications and instructions are unavailable. Consult service managers, co-workers, suppliers and colleagues for advice and research websites to locate useable information. In some cases, improvise parts and repair techniques used for similar types of motorcycles, snow machines and all-terrain vehicles. (2)
  • Find that work is delayed due to equipment breakdowns, incorrect or unavailable parts. Inform service managers about delays and carry out other work until equipment repairs are completed and the needed parts and supplies arrive. In some cases, fabricate parts such as bushings and exhaust system supports when required items are not available. (2)
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Critical Thinking
  • Judge the accuracy of readings taken using equipment such as gas analyzers and dynamometers. Compare readings to other indicators of engine performance such as vibrations and noises. (1)
  • Evaluate the performance of apprentices. Consider apprentices' abilities to diagnose and troubleshoot mechanical and electrical faults, locate information such as specifications, repair procedures and complete repairs effectively. (2)
  • Evaluate the severity of vehicle defects and deficiencies. Consider criteria such as safety, continuing damage to vehicles and harm done to the environment. For example, a motorcycle mechanic may determine that worn brake pads will limit a rider's ability to safely stop a motorcycle. (3)
  • Evaluate the quality of repairs. Consider the results of test drives and data from equipment such as gas analyzers and dynamometers. Visually check the fit of items such as drive chains, sprockets and seals. (3)
  • Evaluate the suitability of parts. Consider criteria such as performance, cost, availability and ease of installation. (3)
  • Judge the condition of parts such as sprockets and belts. For example, inspect sprockets for signs of cracks, missing teeth and loose fit. Examine belts for signs of frayed edges, cracks and exposed cords. (3)
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