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Is becoming a motorcycle mechanic a good career choice? I mean, will I be able to find a job?

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I am thinking about a career change

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Amber’s Answer

My cousin works for Harley Davidson as a mechanic. He loves his career and is kept very busy while also enjoying great pay and benefits. I think a motorcycle mechanic could be a great career choice. Just like with any career you're considering, I would look to see who's hiring in your area (or in areas that you would want to live), and I would research the companies. Do they offer benefits? What's their pay scale? Additionally, many mechanics are now required to have some additional schooling completed after high school. I think it would be an excellent idea to look into classes being offered to become a certified motorcycle mechanic to determine if that is also something you'd be interested in. Having a degree is not a necessity for working in mechanics, but it does open a lot of doors. I hope that helps, and good luck!
Thank you comment icon Thank you That was helpful. I will look into local companies. Louis Louis
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Rebecca’s Answer

I think you are the best person to answer this question. If the career is what you are looking for and you have interest on it, it is a good career to you. If the career you have no interest, it is not a good choice to you regardless how much monies you can make from that careers.
I believe there are different companies needs talent on motorcycle mechanics, e.g. Garage, Motor Cycle Manufacturer, etc. There many of these companies. You can keep an eye on it.
On the other hand I am not sure whether you have completed the relevant qualification yet. If not, would you consider to take the relevant courses in the college? You can find out the entry criteria. The relevant knowledge and qualification can help you to look for the job and advance your career path.
Hope this helps! Good Luck!
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Victoria’s Answer

I have a few friends that are mechanics and I've heard mixed stories about their happiness in the role. That said, dealerships and shops are almost always hiring. There's a labor shortage across the board when it comes to technicians so finding a job shouldn't be too difficult depending on where you are. Are you thinking about going that route because you are already doing it as a hobby and it's something you enjoy? If so, just expect that you may not feel the same way about your hobby after you spend 8 hours a day doing it. Not saying you'll lose interest completely, but it may get monotonous at times.

As far as pay is concerned, I would definitely take your time looking for the right place to work. Not sure about motorcycle shops specifically, but I know that a lot of mechanics are paid per billable hour as opposed to an hourly rate. That kind of compensation works in your favor if the shop is busy but it can be a problem when you have slow days. It's not unheard of for mechanics to spend 8 hours a day in a shop and get paid for less than 8 hours because there's not a lot of work to do.

It can be rewarding, don't get me wrong, there's just some challenges to keep in mind.
Thank you comment icon Thanks Victoria. Your feedback didn't directly answer my question, but it answered other questions that I didn't know I had. I'm actually asking for a couple of my students. Louis
Thank you comment icon It's a good choice for people that are mechanically inclined as long as there's a decent amount of shops around. I'd hesitate to recommend it if they're in a place with one or two shops and aren't able to move. Victoria Wood
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