Bicycle Repairers

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About the Job

Repair and service bicycles.

It is also Called

  • Bike Mechanic
  • Bicycle Service Technician
  • Bicycle Repairman
  • Bicycle Mechanic

What They Do

  • Paint bicycle frames, using spray guns or brushes.
  • Weld broken or cracked frames together, using oxyacetylene torches and welding rods.
  • Repair holes in tire tubes, using scrapers and patches.
  • Shape replacement parts, using bench grinders.
  • Disassemble axles to repair, adjust, and replace defective parts, using hand tools.
  • Align wheels.
  • Install, repair, and replace equipment or accessories, such as handlebars, stands, lights, and seats.
  • Assemble new bicycles.
  • Install and adjust speed and gear mechanisms.

Interests

People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: RCI.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Realistic interests, but also prefer Conventional and Investigative environments.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Independence, but also value Achievement and Support in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Engineering and Technology - Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
  • Design - Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • Repairing - Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.
  • Equipment Maintenance - Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
  • Troubleshooting - Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
  • Equipment Selection - Determining the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Education Required

These occupations usually require a high school diploma.

LMI Region

Wages

In 2013, the average annual wage in Washington was $28,020 with most people making between $20,740 and $36,740

Outlook

1.22%
avg. annual growth

During 2008, this occupation employed approximately 410 people in Washington. It is projected that there will be 460 employed in 2018.

This occupation will have about 5 openings due to growth and about 5 replacement openings for approximately 10 total annual openings.