Skills Leisure Vehicle Technician (except Recreational Vehicles) near Toronto (ON)

Find out what skills you typically need to work as a leisure vehicle technician (except recreational vehicles) in Canada. These skills are applicable to all Motorcycle, all-terrain vehicle and other related mechanics (NOC 7334).

Expertise

People working in this occupation usually apply the following skill set.

  • Inspect and test engines to diagnose and isolate faults
  • Adjust, repair or replace mechanical or electrical system parts
  • Perform scheduled maintenance and service
  • Advise customers on work performed and condition of equipment
  • Repair and rebuild hoisting mechanism and other mechanical systems on industrial trucks and forklifts
  • Test and adjust repaired equipment for proper performance
  • Review work orders and discuss work with supervisor

Skills and knowledge

The following skills and knowledge are usually required in this occupation.

Essential skills

See how the 9 essential skills apply to this occupation.

Reading
  • Read notes, comments and instructions on work orders, labels and product packaging. For example, they 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, they may read memos about changes to their organizations' billing procedures and upcoming training events. They may 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, they read brochures which describe the features of tools such as seal removers and compression testers. They read reviews in trade magazines that describe and compare the performance of motorcycles, snow machines and all-terrain vehicles. (2)
  • Read operating and service manuals for detailed operating, repair and assembly instructions. For example, they read operating manuals of diagnostic equipment such as dynamometers and gas analyzers. They read service manuals to learn procedures for troubleshooting and repairing faults in motorcycles, snowmobiles and all-terrain vehicles. (3)
  • May read regulations governing the roadworthiness, noise and emission standards of motorcycles, snowmobiles and all-terrain vehicles. For example, they may read regulations for out-of-province vehicle inspections. They may read reports issued by Environment Canada that outline plans to introduce outboard engine emission standards similar to those enforced in the United States. (3)
Document use
  • Identify symbols on labels, material packaging, technical drawings and signage. For example, they learn about toxicity hazards by observing symbols on solvent labels. (1)
  • Scan labels on product packaging, equipment and drawings to locate data such as part and vehicle identification numbers, and operating specifications. (1)
  • Complete forms such as work orders, job estimates, inspection checklists, parts requisitions and warranty claims. They record contact information, dates, service intervals, part identification numbers, dimensions, quantities and unit prices. (2)
  • 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)
  • Obtain information from lists and tables. For example, they locate part identification numbers, descriptions, dimensions, and quantities required from parts lists. They 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, they may examine cut-away drawings of carburetors to determine the correct placement of diaphragms, springs and throttle plates. They may study assembly drawings of cam shaft 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 they operate, identify circuits and devices, and to troubleshoot faults. For example, they review complex wiring schematics to learn how electronic control modules operate and locate faulty circuits, connectors and fuses. They study flow charts to troubleshoot fuel and braking system faults. (4)
Writing
  • May write brief reminder notes and brief descriptions. For example, they may write brief notes to remind themselves how to reassemble components such as gear boxes and hubs. They may outline repair operations in logbooks. (1)
  • Write notes to record their observations and recommendations. For example, they note the reasons why vehicles are not roadworthy on work orders. They describe the condition of parts on warranty claim forms. They may write short comments on safety inspection forms to describe the condition of vehicles. (2)
  • Write brief e-mails to request and provide information. For example, they may e-mail manufacturers to request technical service bulletins and justify the costs of repairs covered by warranties. They may e-mail questions to customers in order to gather additional information about equipment faults. (2) , (daily) may write accounts of workplace accidents on reporting forms. They describe the events leading to the accidents and the actions taken afterwards. (2)
NumeracyMoney Math
  • May receive payments from customers and make change. (1)
  • Prepare repair quotes and invoices. They calculate labour charges by multiplying hours worked by shop rates, add amounts for parts and materials and calculate applicable taxes. (3)
Scheduling, Budgeting & Accounting Math
  • Compare prices of used, reconditioned, aftermarket, and original equipment manufacturers' parts to determine differences in wholesale and retail prices. (1)
Measurement and Calculation Math
  • Take pressure, temperature, vacuum and electrical readings to determine the operational status of vehicles. For example, they take tire pressure readings to ensure tires are correctly inflated and voltage readings to assess the condition of batteries and charging systems. (1)
  • Calculate amounts of glycol and water and oil and gas mixtures. For example, they use ratios to calculate amounts of oil and gas mixtures. They mix glycol with water to ensure that engines are protected from freezing and boiling over. (2)
  • May 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)
  • Use geometry to align wheels, chains, pulleys and sprockets. For example, they use protractors to measure steering rake angles. They may use laser levels to align wheels. They may use protractors, shims and spacers to bring chains, pulleys and sprockets into line. (3)
  • Take a variety of measurements using specialized measuring tools. For example, they use micrometers and callipers to measure inside and outside diameters, end lash in spindles and pins and tapers in cylinder bores. They 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)
Data Analysis Math
  • Compare measurements of dimensions, revolutions per minute, speed, horsepower and torque to specifications. For example, they compare the measurements of used parts to original equipment manufacturers' specifications to determine their usability. They 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, they may analyze a series of electrical readings produced by engines operating at various speeds to determine causes of charging system faults. (3)
Numerical Estimation
  • Estimate the times required to complete repairs and modifications. They consider the requirements of the tasks, the availability of parts and the time taken to complete similar tasks in the past. (1)
  • May 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. They consider the extent of wear and the expected amount of future use. (2)
Oral communication
  • May speak to partspeople and suppliers. For example, they may phone partspeople and suppliers to order parts and to ask about delivery times of existing orders. (1)
  • May communicate with customers to respond to questions and complaints, gather detailed information about their vehicles, explain vehicle maintenance procedures and to discuss the results of safety inspections and repairs. For example, they may ask customers detailed questions in order to troubleshoot electrical defects. They may explain to customers why repairs took longer than expected and describe faults and deficiencies uncovered during safety inspections. (2)
  • Talk to service managers about a wide variety of topics. For example, they may discuss missed deadlines, workplace safety concerns, billing procedures, training requirements, equipment purchases, work assignments and methods to enhance customer service. (2)
  • Exchange technical repair and troubleshooting information with apprentices, co-workers, colleagues and manufacturers. For example, they may explain repair procedures to apprentices while demonstrating the task. They may discuss unusual electronic control module faults with technical representatives on motorcycle manufacturers' help lines. (3)
ThinkingProblem Solving
  • May encounter angry and upset customers. They determine the reasons for customers' dissatisfaction and explain their actions and repair procedures. They refer unresolved complaints to service managers for follow-up and resolution. (1)
  • Find that work is delayed due to equipment breakdowns, incorrect or unavailable parts. They inform service managers about delays and carry out other work until equipment repairs are completed and the needed parts and supplies arrive. They may fabricate parts such as bushings and exhaust system supports when required items are not available. (2)
  • Are unable to repair vehicles because specifications and instructions are unavailable. They consult service managers, co-workers, suppliers and colleagues for advice and research web sites to locate useable information. They may improvise parts and repair techniques used for similar types of motorcycles, snow machines and all-terrain vehicles. (2)
  • Are unable to meet repair deadlines due to heavy workloads. They ask their service managers to prioritize repairs, enlist the help of co-workers and work overtime to complete high priority work. (2)
Decision Making
  • Select the order in which vehicles are serviced. They consider deadlines, availability of parts and equipment. (1)
  • Select parts, tools, equipment and procedures needed to carry out repairs. They consider vehicles' makes, models, ages, type of repairs being carried out, availability of parts, tools and equipment. (2)
  • Decide to replace parts when repairs are not feasible or economical. They consider the condition of parts and their replacement costs. (2)
  • May select parts suppliers. They consider the suppliers' selection of parts, pricing and the timeliness of deliveries. (2)
Critical Thinking
  • Judge the accuracy of readings taken using equipment such as gas analyzers and dynamometers. They compare readings to other indicators of engine performance such as vibrations and noises. (1)
  • May evaluate the performance of apprentices. They consider apprentices' abilities to diagnose and troubleshoot mechanical and electrical faults, locate information such as specifications, repair procedures and complete repairs effectively. (2)
  • Judge the condition of parts such as sprockets and belts. For example, they inspect sprockets for signs of cracks, missing teeth and loose fit. They examine belts for signs of frayed edges, cracks and exposed cords. (3)
  • Evaluate the severity of vehicle defects and deficiencies. They 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 suitability of parts. They consider criteria such as performance, cost, availability and ease of installation. (3)
  • Evaluate the quality of repairs. They consider the results of test drives and data from equipment such as gas analyzers and dynamometers. They visually check the fit of items such as drive chains, sprockets and seals. (3)
Job Task Planning and Organizing

Own Job Planning and Organizing

Motorcycle 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. (2)

Planning and Organizing for Others

Motorcycle and other related mechanics may organize the activities of apprentices. (2)

Significant Use of Memory
  • Remember how to reassemble complex components such as carburetors, alternators and gearboxes.
Finding Information
  • Locate information about needed repairs. They review work orders, speak with service managers and customers, inspect vehicles and take measurements. They may test drive vehicles, run them on racks and dynamometers to gather operational data. (2)
Digital technology
  • Use databases. For example, they may access their organizations' service and repair databases to input customers' contact information, details of repairs and inventory data. Before starting work on customers' vehicles, they may retrieve and review the specifics of previously completed work. (2)
  • Use communications software. For example, they may use e-mail applications such as Outlook to exchange information and documents with suppliers, manufacturers and colleagues at other motorcycle repair shops. (2)
  • Use the Internet. For example, they may launch browsers such as Internet Explorer and Netscape to access specifications, technical service bulletins, recall notices and repair procedures from manufacturers' web sites. They visit bookmarked sites and locate information using general search functions. (2)
  • Use other computer and software applications. For example, they may 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)
Additional informationOther Essential Skills:

Working with Others

Motorcycle and other related mechanics work independently most of the time but may coordinate job tasks with parts people and suppliers to secure required parts and with apprentices and other mechanics to ensure efficient uses of shop spaces and tools. They may provide advice and assistance to other mechanics and apprentices. (2)

Continuous Learning

Continuous learning is very important to motorcycle and other related mechanics as they are required to keep up-to-date with continuing technological advancements and legislation governing safety inspections and emissions. They learn by talking to customers, suppliers, co-workers, colleagues, service managers and by reading trade magazines, product bulletins and repair manuals. Some manufacturers may require motorcycle and other related mechanics to attend training in order to be certified repairers of their vehicles. (2)

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