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Summary of occupation

Bicycle mechanics assemble bicycles so that they are ready for sale. They also advise customers about bicycle purchases, servicing, repairing and accessories. They inspect, repair and service bicycles. They may need to fabricate components and road test bicycles. They may also be involved in stock control and other retail functions as required.

ANZSCO description: Repairs and adjusts bicycles, and assembles bicycle kits.
Alternative names: Bicycle Repairer, Bicycle Technician
Specialisations: Racing Bicycle Specialist
Job prospects: Good
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Knowledge, skills and attributes

A bicycle mechanic needs:

  • to enjoy practical and manual work
  • to be physically fit
  • a mechanical aptitude
  • normal eyesight and hearing
  • good problem-solving skills
  • good communication skills
  • to have no allergies to oils or lubricants.
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Working conditions

A bicycle mechanic would normally work in a workshop for a bicycle retailer or wholesaler, suppliers, manufacturers and equipment hirers.

Bicycle mechanics normally work 38 hours per week, Monday to Friday. Some may work on the weekend.

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Salary details

On average, bicycle mechanics, classified under other miscellaneous labourers, can expect to earn between $1 000 and $1 249 per week ($52 000 and $64 999 per year), depending on the organisation they work for, and their level of experience.

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Tools and technologies

Bicycle mechanics need to be proficient with hand and power tools. They may also need to be able to use fabricating tools.

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Education and training/entrance requirements

You can work as a bicycle mechanic without any formal qualifications and get training on the job, however, you can also complete a traineeship.

A bicycle assembler traineeship usually takes 12 months to complete and is available as a school-based traineeship.

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Apprenticeships and traineeships

As an apprentice or trainee, you enter into a formal training contract with an employer. You spend most of your time working and learning practical skills on the job and you spend some time undertaking structured training with a registered training provider of your choice. They will assess your skills and when you are competent in all areas, you will be awarded a nationally recognised qualification.

If you are still at school you can access an apprenticeship through your school. You generally start your school based apprenticeship by attending school three days a week, spending one day at a registered training organisation and one day at work. Talk to your school's VET Co-ordinator to start your training now through VET in Schools. If you get a full-time apprenticeship you can apply to leave school before reaching the school leaving age.

If you are no longer at school you can apply for an apprenticeship or traineeship and get paid while you learn and work.

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Recognition of prior learning

If you think you already have some of the skills or competencies, obtained either through non-formal or informal learning, you may be able to gain credit through recognition of prior learning.

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