What they do
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.
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.
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.
How do I become one?
Education and training
It is possible to work as a bicycle mechanic without any formal qualifications and get training on the job.
You can also undertake a bicycles (level 2) traineeship. The traineeship usually takes 12 months to complete and is available as a school-based traineeship.
Apprenticeships and traineeships
As an apprentice or trainee, you enter into a formal training contract with an employer, enabling you to complete training towards a nationally recognised qualification. You spend time working and learning practical skills on the job and you spend some time undertaking structured training with a registered training provider.
You can do an apprenticeship or traineeship if you are a school-leaver, re-entering the workforce or as an adult or mature-aged person wishing to change careers. You can even begin your apprenticeship or traineeship while you're still at school.
If you are still at school you can access an apprenticeship through your school. Talk to your school's VET Co-ordinator to start your training now through VET in Schools. If you are no longer at school you can apply for an apprenticeship or traineeship and get paid while you learn and work.