Bicycle repair mechanics may perform the following tasks:
- discuss problems with bike owners to discover faults, observe bike operation and test ride bikes
- repair or replace worn and faulty parts by removing assemblies such as hubs, drivetrains, gears, steering suspension, wheels and tyres, referring to manuals as necessary
- reassemble, test, clean and adjust repaired or replaced parts or assemblies, use various instruments to make sure they are working properly and put them back onto the bike
- carry out minor frame repairs
- use brazing and fabrication equipment
- Serve customers in a retail environment
- Prepare costings and invoices for work undertaken
Bicycle repair mechanics work in workshops and roadside. They need to keep up with changes in bicycle industry technology.
With the changes in bicycle technology, there are now more complex gearing, braking, suspension and other operational parts fitted to bikes. Remaining up to date with these changes in the bicycle industry is vital.
- enjoy practical and manual activities
- able to work with hand tools
- technical aptitude
- problem-solving skills
- customer service skills
To have skills formally recognised in the national system, assessors must make sure you have the skills and knowledge to meet the industry standard. This means you must be involved in a careful and comprehensive process that covers the content of all unit/s or qualification/s you can be recognised for.
Assessment happens in a variety of ways. Being prepared can save you valuable time and hassle and make the recognition process stress-free for you.
Here are some tips and hints for you:
- Be prepared to talk about your job roles and your work history. Bring a resume or jot down a few points about where you have worked, either paid or unpaid, and what you did there.
- Bring your position description and any performance appraisals you have from any bicycle repair shops or facilities you have worked in.
- Consider the possibilities for workplace contact. Are you in a workplace that is supporting your goals to get qualified? Would you feel comfortable to have the assessor contact your workplace or previous workplaces so your skills can be validated?
- Think about who can confirm your skill level. Think about current or recent supervisors who have seen you work in the past 18 months and will be able to confirm your skills. The assessor will need to contact them. You may also have community contacts or even clients themselves who can vouch for your skills level.
- Collect any certificates from in-house training or formal training you have done in the past.
- You can speak with your training organisation about other ways you can show your skills in the bicycle industry. These could be letters from employers, records of your professional development sessions, employers or clients in related industries or government agencies, acknowledgements, workplace forms (as long as they don’t show client details) or other relevant documents.