Learn to service and repair bicycles and gain a qualification to give you the skills to get you work ready.
Knowledge and nature come together here at Central. Learn to assemble, adjust bicycles and fit accessories or take your skills further and learn how to diagnose faults, overhaul and rebuild bicycles with our Level 3 and Level 4 Certificate in Bicycle Mechanics programmes. Each programme is delivered over 18 weeks including 3 block courses (1 week each) held at our Central workshop facilities.
The Certificate in Bicycle Mechanics Level 3 will run in the first Semester of the year, starting on 13 February 2017. View the Programme Information sheet below for full details of block course dates and the programme structure and Apply Online.
The Level 4 programme is scheduled for a second Semester start, subject to number of applications.
“The Bicycle Mechanics programmes are a perfect option for school-leavers, or those after a career change, that are keen to be equipped with the right knowledge to take their place in a growing industry that aligns with their passion”.
Lecturer in Bicycle Mechanics
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”.
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.