Gain the skills and knowledge required to become a mechanic or service technician within the bicycle industry.
- Online with two block courses in Central Otago and work experience
- 19 weeks
- Level 3
- Starts February and July
- Apply now
Gain the skills you need to stand out in this rapidly growing industry. This relatively new qualification provides a blend of online learning and practical block courses held in our fully-equipped workshop to enable you to fit your study around other commitments. In addition, work experience opportunities will allow you to get a great first foot in the door of industry.
- Online with two compulsory block courses in Central Otago and work experience
- 19 weeks
- Level 4
- Starts February and August
- Apply now
If you’re already in the bicycle industry, this is a great opportunity to receive official recognition for your current knowledge and skills - ideal if you’re keen to advance your career! If you aren’t already involved but have some bicycle mechanical skill, this programme will enable you to fill the gaps in your knowledge so you are industry ready.
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Teaching the right skills for the job
“I always warn the parents at prize-giving: ‘Look out – don’t be surprised if you come home to find your car in bits!’”
Richard is a lecturer at the Central Lakes Trade Academy in Cromwell, where he teaches high school students practical automotive skills in the Foundation to Automotive Engineering course. This course leads to Central’s pre-apprenticeship automotive programme.
Richard enjoys finding different ways of explaining concepts and encourages students to problem-solve on their own, rather than always relying on instruction manuals. “It’s a great subject to teach – watching students learn through trial and error, and seeing the progress they make.”
Job prospects in this area are growing, but businesses are becoming more selective about who they hire. Employers want specific skills – and they want mechanics who are properly trained and qualified. “We pride ourselves on training mechanics with the right skills for today’s job market,” says Richard.
One of the most rewarding ways to travel
Whilst completing a B.E. and Ph.D. (Mechanical Engineering) Jordan Gilmore, Lecturer for the Bicycle Mechanics programmes, developed an appreciation for “what can be achieved using a mechanically simplistic but incredibly functional machine”.
Jordan enjoys the bicycles low impact applicability to transport, recreation, sport, and tourism/adventure. He has ridden in many parts of the world, serves on the local road cycling club committee, and races competitively, including at the Tour of Southland.
Jordan speaks highly of the uniqueness bicycles bring to a tourism experience. “Bicycles are one of the most rewarding ways to travel. The world passes at an ideal pace; fast enough to travel efficiently, yet slow enough to immerse yourself along the way”.