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Becoming a Motorcycle Mechanic

December 28, 2012

In becoming a motorcycle mechanic, you will master small engines and learn how to keep them running at peak performance; you'll be trained to repair brakes, electrical systems, fuel injection systems, plugs, carburetors, and other motorcycle parts; you will also be exposed to the latest technologies, such as the computerized diagnostic testing equipment, which is used as a preliminary tool for analysis.

Welding is physical and strenuous labor, and welders can work up to 70 hours per week. Overtime is common, as project managers rush to complete construction. Hours are usually at least somewhat regular, although some factories work around the clock. Welders wear protective clothing, including eye protection, safety shoes, hoods and sometimes helmets to keep themselves safe. Modern labor laws dictate that they work in well-ventilated areas. However, other dangers still apply. The arc emits a potentially hazardous light, and fumes and burns can still sometimes be a safety issue.

While almost half of automotive service technicians work a standard 40-hour week, over 30 percent work more than 40 hours a week. Many of the latter are self-employed. Some shops offer evening and weekend service. Generally, these workers work indoors in well-ventilated and well-lit repair shops, although some are drafty and noisy. They frequently work with dirty and greasy parts and in awkward positions. They often lift heavy parts and tools. Minor cuts, burns and bruises are common, but serious accidents are usually avoided when the shop is clean and orderly and proper safety practices are observed.

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