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BICYCLE MECHANIC: Passion For Bikes Plus People & Technical Skills

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Tyler, a Bicycle Mechanic, explains how got into this field because of his passion for bicycles -- and how he got this job because of sales, technical, communication, and computer skills he earned previously in other fields.

Degree: Theater Arts
Job Title: Bicycle Mechanic

Job Summary: Maintenance and Repair Workers, General

Job Description

General maintenance and repair workers maintain and repair machines, mechanical equipment, and buildings. They work on plumbing, electrical, and air-conditioning and heating systems. General maintenance and repair workers often carry out many different tasks in a single day.

On-the-Job Training

Moderate-term on-the-job training

Additional Info

Licensing requirements vary by state and locality. For more complex tasks, workers may need to be licensed in a particular specialty, such as electrical or plumbing work.

Certification Requirement
Recommended by the Society for Maintenance and Reliability Professionals.

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
National Statistic Change Location
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$20,000 - $55,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
5 to 15 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Full-time, Part-time
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Hospital / Clinic, Indoor, Office, Physically demanding
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Likes working with hands, People skills, Problem solving skills, Technical skills, Hand-eye coordination, Strength/stamina

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<span m='7750'>that</span> <span m='7970'>their</span> <span m='8130'>bikes</span> <span m='8390'>work</span> <span m='8660'>smoothly</span> <span m='9480'>and</span> <span m='9600'>they</span> <span m='9690'>leave</span> <span m='9910'>happy.</span> <span m='10740'>We</span> <span m='11260'>also</span> <span m='11500'>help</span> <span m='11680'>people</span> <span m='11910'>find</span> <span m='12120'>the</span> <span m='12180'>perfect</span> <span m='12590'>bike</span> <span m='12790'>for</span> <span m='12920'>their</span> <span m='13060'>needs,</span> <span m='13390'>no</span> <span m='13450'>matter</span> <span m='13670'>what</span> <span m='13960'>that happens</span> <span m='14310'>to</span> <span m='14410'>be.</span> </p><p><span m='15470'>My</span> <span m='15550'>typical</span> <span m='15800'>day</span> <span m='15960'>is</span> <span m='16110'>very</span> <span m='16309'>multifaceted.</span> <span m='17630'>Some</span> <span m='17850'>of it</span> <span m='17960'>is</span> <span m='18100'>spent</span> <span m='18320'>here</span> <span m='18550'>on</span> <span m='18610'>the</span> <span m='18670'>shop</span> <span m='18980'>working</span> <span m='19290'>on</span> <span m='19370'>bikes.</span> <span m='19750'>Some</span> <span m='19900'>of</span> <span m='20000'>it</span> <span m='20090'>on</span> <span m='20210'>the</span> <span m='20300'>computer</span> <span m='20770'>looking</span> <span m='21100'>up</span> <span m='21260'>parts</span> <span m='21560'>to</span> <span m='21650'>order</span> <span m='22080'>or</span> <span m='22260'>looking</span> <span m='22530'>up</span> <span m='22620'>bikes</span> <span m='22840'>for</span> <span m='22950'>customers.</span> <span m='23740'>And</span> <span m='23880'>a</span> <span m='23930'>lot</span> <span m='24070'>of it</span> <span m='24140'>is</span> <span m='24300'>also</span> <span m='24520'>spent</span> <span m='24830'>with</span> <span m='25000'>customers</span> <span m='25510'>on</span> <span m='25670'>the</span> <span m='25730'>floor,</span> <span m='26420'>finding</span> <span m='26770'>the</span> <span m='26850'>perfect</span> <span m='27250'>bike</span> <span m='27650'>and</span> <span m='27760'>making</span> <span m='28050'>sure that</span> <span m='28280'>they're</span> <span m='28420'>having</span> <span m='28620'>a</span> <span m='28660'>good</span> <span m='28820'>time</span> <span m='29000'>cycling.</span> </p><p><span m='29990'>I</span> <span m='30080'>came</span> <span m='30380'>into</span> <span m='30590'>this</span> <span m='30760'>position</span> <span m='31780'>through</span> <span m='31940'>my</span> <span m='32220'>love of</span> <span m='32520'>cycling.</span> <span m='33750'>It's</span> <span m='33920'>my</span> <span m='34020'>greatest</span> <span m='34310'>hobby</span> <span m='34800'>and</span> <span m='35120'>my</span> <span m='35250'>passion,</span> <span m='35710'>so</span> <span m='36790'>just</span> <span m='36960'>kept</span> <span 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