Tyler Mayzes - Motorcycle Mechanic
Tyler registered as a Motorcycle Mechanic apprentice in 2015 with Trev Deeley Motorcycles in Vancouver. After hearing about Tyler from his instructor at BCIT, we were excited to talk to him and learn a bit more about his journey as an apprentice.
Q: How did you find out about the trades? What aspects made you consider the trades for a career?
A: I've always been working with my hands trying to build or fix things. So when I got into high school I signed up for as many shop classes as possible. It turns out I would do much better in those classes than the majority of the academic classes.
Q: How did you get started in the trades?
A: I actually bounced around quite a few trades before I found myself in the Motorcycle industry. I've been in automotive mechanics, I started my Electrical apprenticeship, I've worked as an arborist. I’d like to think I did well at them all but I've had 11 reconstructive surgeries on my dominant elbow that became a bit of an obstacle. I had been building a Harley with one of my friends for a year or so and fell in love. I was riding and wrenching for people so much that eventually someone asked me why I wasn’t pursuing it as an actual career. That question got the ball rolling and here I am.
Q: What do you like about your current job and where do you see it taking you?
A: I absolutely love my current job and everything it entails. I enjoy all motorcycles but my heart and soul lie with Harley Davidson so it makes work that much better. There are multiple levels of being a Harley Tech and my eye is on the top! Becoming a Harley Master Technician. I plan to be working on them forever so I couldn’t imagine getting a better knowledge of the brand than from the brand itself.
Q: Have you had a mentor or someone instrumental during your journey through the trades?
A: Yes, I've had a few guys that have been instrumental in my trade career. From my own level to Journeymen. It seems like if your willing to listen and learn there are plenty of guys willing to share their tricks of the trade!
Q: What is your favourite project that you have worked on?
A: It’s a toss up between my own bike and a bike I put together for TDMC Customs. The new custom branch of Trev Deeley’s that allow people to buy custom built bikes straight off the floor. Until I find myself a golden Knucklehead though.
Q: Do you use the skills and knowledge gained from the trades in your everyday life?
A: I use it more than anything! I'm always working on something and the things I’ve learnt seem to have limitless applications.
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