- Senior bicycle store workshop and retail positions
- Mechanic in unsupervised sole employee workshop
- Specialist bicycle servicing providers (wheel building, suspension servicing)
- Bicycle industry tourism providers (guides, workshop)
- Bicycle mechanic on professional racing teams
- Other areas of opportunity within the industry:
- bicycle store ownership
- bicycle import businesses
- bicycle coaching and fitting
- bicycle designing and building
This programme will also provide a great step towards other industry-related positions such as working in research, marketing, journalism or event management.
- Open entry.
- If English is not your first language, you must provide:
- New Zealand University Entrance OR
- Overall Academic IELTS 5.5 with no individual band score lower than 5.0 (achieved in one test completed in the last two years), OR
- Acceptable alternative evidence of the required IELTS (see here for NZQA proficiency table and here for list of recognised proficiency tests).
If you need to improve your English Language skills, we offer a wide range of English programmes.
Applications are processed on a first-come, first-served basis until the programme has reached its capacity.
You will need to cover your travel, food and accommodation costs during the block courses.
You will study
Through this programme, you will learn how to:
- Work safely and efficiently in a professional bicycle workshop
- Diagnose and overhaul an extensive range of bicycle components spread across all bicycle systems:
- frame preparation
- tyres and hubs
- drive train
- Research and design bicycle solutions to meet specific customer end user needs
- Communicate and work with customers, co-workers and other industry providers.
|Carry out diagnostic procedures, and repair and/or overhaul a range of bicycle components and systems under broad guidance; and inspect frames and forks||40|
|Effectively communicate with customers to interpret their needs and make recommendations for component and system solutions based on end-user requirements||5|
|Apply design principles and ergonomic considerations to select and tune components and systems of a bicycle to fit a rider||5|
|Apply wheel-building techniques for a specific purpose and end user||5|
|Conduct research to plan and price a bicycle for a specific purpose and end user||5|
- Online learning: 10-12 hours per week.
- Two, fortnight-long block courses held at Otago Polytechnic's Central Otago Campus (60 hours per fortnightly block course).
- 160 hours industry work experience (40 hours per week) at any suitable bicycle workshop location within New Zealand.
Student loans and allowance
Full-time domestic students of this programme are eligible for student loans and allowances (dependent on age and financial circumstances.) Please contact Studylink for additional information. Phone 0800 88 99 00 or visit www.studylink.govt.nz
Recognition of prior learning
If you already have extensive knowledge and skills gained from practical experience in this area, enquire about our recognition of prior learning process at Capable NZ. You may have already gained credits towards this qualification in the course of your life. Visit Capable NZ.
While every effort is made to ensure that this sheet is accurate, Otago Polytechnic reserves the right to amend, alter or withdraw any of the contained information. The fees shown in this document are indicative ONLY. Both domestic and international fees are subject to change and are dependent on the development and implementation of Government policies. Please note that additional fees may from time to time be required for external examination, NZQA fees and/or additional material fees.