Motorcycle and Scooter Mechanic

Motorcycle mechanics service, repair, overhaul and assemble motorcycles, scooters and similar vehicles. They determine the nature and extent of malfunctions.

Motorcycle mechanics may connect and test the engine panel; measure and adjust the generator output, ignition and timing. They dismantle engines and repair or replace defective parts. This may involve removing cylinder heads and grinding valves and manufacturing unobtainable parts, they then re-assemble and test the repaired engines.

Where necessary, they replace worn valves, pistons and cylinders; repair and adjust clutches, brakes and drive chains; repair, replace or adjust headlights, starters, mufflers and various other parts; panel-beat dents in frames and weld tears; and put in spokes and align wheels.

How to Enter

Schooling & School Subjects

Grade 10 Certificate
Some employers prefer higher qualifications

What to Study

Diploma: TVET colleges, e.g. Northlink, KZN Coastal.

Alternatively, register with an employer providing suitable training. Certificate: There are three ways to qualify as a registered artisan:

1. An apprenticeship is a fixed contract between company and apprentice, ranging in duration from between 18 months and 4 years. At the end of the contract, the apprentice writes a trade test leading to professional certification.

2. A learnership is a structured learning programme ranging from about a year to 3 years. A learnership comprises theoretical and practical training. Practical training is conducted on site (on the premises of the organisation). This has the advantage that the learner gets experience whilst training.

3. TVET colleges offer theoretical training to prospective artisans via the new National Certificate Vocational (NCV). During this 3-year programme (levels 2 to 4), learners complete a school-leaving certificate (NCV) similar to the new National Senior Certificate (NSC) in schools. They are also exposed to a practical workshop component.

All learners are required to complete a practical internship under the supervision of an experienced artisan. As an alternative to doing the full qualification, a learner can apply to do a skills programme at a TVET College. Skills programmes are short practical hands-on courses.
For more information about qualifications and skills programmes, contact your nearest TVET College. TVET Colleges are accredited and funded by a SETA (Sector Education and Training Authority) such as MerSETA or ChietaSETA. They also receive bursary funding through the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) for the NCV programme


  • motorcycle and scooter dealers
  • government departments (to maintain police motorcycles and scooters)
  • firms that modify and maintain motorcycles and scooters
  • manufactures of motorcycles and scooters
  • self-employment, with enough experience, initiative and capital, can start own business

Further Information

P O Box 6848
Marshalltown, 2107
Tel: (011) 544-1316 Fax: ({011) 484-8620

Getting Started

  • try to obtain vacation or part-time work in a motorcycle repair shop
  • arrange to speak to a motorcycle and scooter mechanic about this career
  • contact the Department of Labour about learnership possibilities in your area

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