Currently the Ontario College of Trades is not supporting any documentation on this trade. Please contact the College directly for more information involving this trade and its status for training. Here is a link to their contact us page http://www.collegeoftrades.ca/contact-us

What Does a Bicycle Mechanic Do?

Bicycle mechanics (Trade Code 297C) build, maintain, and repair bicycles to ensure proper functioning and safety.

Job Related Skills, Interests and Values

  • Comply with occupational health and safety procedures including the wearing of personal protective equipment and knowledge of WHMIS guidelines
  • Use hand and power tools and equipment
  • Build and assemble bicycles and perform operational tests
  • Identify problems and provide estimates for repair
  • Perform thorough maintenance on used bicycles
  • Fit bicycle size to the rider

You may find additional information about this trade and applicable standards at the Ontario College of Trades (OCOT) website – follow this sector link:http://www.collegeoftrades.ca/membership/resources/training-standards

What Preparation and Training Do You Need?

You must complete Grade 12 with a secondary school diploma, with credits in Math, Science and English. Obtaining credits in transportation technology courses is recommended. You must complete an apprenticeship of 2,000 – 2,500 hours of on-the-job training as well as 300-350 hours of in-school training before receiving your Certificate of Apprenticeship for this trade. This is the minimum to be apprenticed in this trade under the (OCTAA) Ontario College of Trades Apprenticeship Act (2009). Please note that minimum entry requirements to this and other trades are currently under review by the Ontario College of Trades.

What’s Your Future as a Bicycle Mechanic?

Bicycle Mechanics usually work indoors in shops, and may be required to lift loads weighing up to 15 kilograms. Because of the seasonal nature of the work, Bicycle Mechanics should be skilled in other types of repair work – such as snowmobiles or all-terrain vehicles – to remain employed year-round. Employers that hire Bicycle Mechanics include:

  • Bicycle shops
  • Sporting good shops
  • Large department stores

Wage Rate

  • Apprentices generally earn less than Journeypeople
  • As your skills and expertise increase, so does your wage
  • On average, fully qualified Bicycle Mechanics can earn $15.-20.00/hour

Self-Rating

Ask Yourself: Is Working as a Bicycle Mechanic for You?

Do you have a mechanical aptitude and enjoy tinkering with machines?

Yes No

Do you enjoy communicating with co-workers and customers?

Yes No

Do you have the physical stamina to work long hours in peak season?

Yes No

Are you able to bend, kneel, stoop, crouch?

Yes No

Do you like to solve problems and find solutions?

Yes No

Do you enjoy keeping up with and learning about new technology?

Yes No

Do you take pride in persisting until the job is done just right?

Yes No

If you answered Yes to most of these questions, a career as a Bicycle Mechanic may be for You!

You may also want to explore other careers that require similar interests and skills, such as:

  • Small Engine Repair
  • Motorcycle Technician
  • Marine Engine Technician
  • Automotive Service Technician

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