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MTB Mechanic job availability.

brady10brady10 Posts: 195
edited November 2012 in MTB workshop & tech
Hey all. Work for an outdoor company where i maintain a fleet of BMX's and Mountain Bikes and all related equipment. Taken quite a liking to the enjoyment in taking apart and rebuilding these bikes and have started to look into Cytech qualifications. Goes without saying that its a big financial investment, so what availability is there in the working world for bike mechanics trained up to levels 1, 2 or 3?

Cheers
Joshua
WOW really? Carbon Fibre Hubs?? Well how about chucking that kebab in the bin?

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  • The RookieThe Rookie Posts: 27,802
    Most shops always need staff as generally the pay sucks, Halfords is probably your best chance of getting a job but you won't get Cytech training from them!

    Within West Mids you also have the Spesh concept store at the Fort and Trek in Cov just towards the M6 from the Ricoh.
    Current steed - Whyte T129, 2013 frame, mongrel Revelations, Giant dropper, Stans S1 wheelset. 12, Magura Trail Sport brakes, 1x11. 12.8Kg
  • supersonicsupersonic Posts: 82,708 Lives Here
    Cytech not worth it a good mechanic doesn't need them to learn, and a good shop will fill you in on the rest.
  • Go for City & Guilds with Alf & Teresa at the Bike-Inn at Spalding. Far better qualification.
    http://www.bike-inn.co.uk
  • brady10brady10 Posts: 195
    Using Cytech Level 3 or City & Guilds, how could they benefit me in looking for a mechanics job in a top end team?
    WOW really? Carbon Fibre Hubs?? Well how about chucking that kebab in the bin?
  • supersonicsupersonic Posts: 82,708 Lives Here
    They won't - to be a mechanic in a top end team you need to start in a shop and work up. Learn your trade through experience.
  • GhosttGhostt Posts: 192
    supersonic wrote:
    They won't - to be a mechanic in a top end team you need to start in a shop and work up. Learn your trade through experience.
    Trouble is, you look at all the mechanic ads on various sites and the vast majority want Cytech 2 minimum. Seems you need the qualification to even get into the shop in the first place!
    Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go - T.S. Eliot
  • The RookieThe Rookie Posts: 27,802
    Sign of the times, if they can get someone with cytech2 easily enough (and in the current climate they probably can) and pay no more money, they can advertise that all their Mechanics are Cytech trained and its cost them nothing....
    Current steed - Whyte T129, 2013 frame, mongrel Revelations, Giant dropper, Stans S1 wheelset. 12, Magura Trail Sport brakes, 1x11. 12.8Kg
  • GhosttGhostt Posts: 192
    ^ Aye, it's becoming the A level of the bike world! Thing is, I've looked into it and what they actually teach at level 2 is pretty outdated. Hydraulic brakes and suspension systems are only covered at Level 3, yet if you went to work in a bike shop I imagine you'd encounter them on a daily basis
    Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go - T.S. Eliot
  • That's why you are better off going for the C&G at the Bike Inn- way more practical and comprehensive
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