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Old 02-03-2013, 03:31 PM   #1
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Certified mechanic's course

Hi everyone!

I would like to take a professional/accredited bike mechanics course this year. I am a certified auto technician but after 36 years, I am looking for another skill for my retirement days.

I have looked into UBI in Washington, someone else recommended a Park Tool course...

What advise do the pro mechanics here on twospoke recommend? I have to plan ahead as I have 3 weeks vacation and will have to fly to wherever.

Any suggestions greatly appreciated! Thanks in advance,
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Are you prepared to spend thousands on a course that will allow you to earn $10/hour? For what it's worth, if I owned a shop, I would look to hire someone with a natural aptitude for mechanics, and a passion for bicycles. A certificate from a school wouldn't impress me much.



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i went to aviation school and the degrees aren't worth anything, really. american airlines was starting people at 8 bucks and hour. i made more working on golf carts.

i think it would be a hard life trying to pay bills as a bicycle mechanic

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i went to aviation school and the degrees aren't worth anything, really. american airlines was starting people at 8 bucks and hour. i made more working on golf carts.
I can't wait to jump on a plane now.
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The OP is retiring, and maybe not worried about making a living.
I always wanted to take the Barnett Bicycle Institute course. It's lengthy and pricey. I have the four volume set. Very detailed, no shortcuts. The former head mechanic at a good shop in Philadelphia swore by it.

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i went to aviation school and the degrees aren't worth anything, really. american airlines was starting people at 8 bucks and hour. i made more working on golf carts.

i think it would be a hard life trying to pay bills as a bicycle mechanic
A&P licensing?
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From what I understand, Park Tool's course is taught through independent shops and goes by their BBB-2 text.

While I would not expect to make a lot of money wrenching as compared to other fields, I think for retirement it'd be a good gig and a labor of love.


UBI and BBI have a ton fo literature they will send you via mail; as I understand it another school is due to open in the Carolinas in the not too distant future.

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yes, thats the schools and degrees i pursued. once it got to the licensing part, 9-11 happened and aviation jobs dried up (even worse then offering 8 bucks an hour starting pay) so i stayed in construction and then went back into the army to work blackhawks. after doing some of the training, i ended up getting out for a family hardship and getting hired as an army civilian working aviation. unfortunately, none of the fun of being military and all the bummer of having to do the same paperwork as if i were an XO or CO.

i keep trying to get our CO to get some m-f pt going but they aren't really big on having pt for civilians. and we don;t even get to ride in the helicopters after we work on them
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yes, thats the schools and degrees i pursued. once it got to the licensing part, 9-11 happened and aviation jobs dried up (even worse then offering 8 bucks an hour starting pay) so i stayed in construction and then went back into the army to work blackhawks. after doing some of the training, i ended up getting out for a family hardship and getting hired as an army civilian working aviation. unfortunately, none of the fun of being military and all the bummer of having to do the same paperwork as if i were an XO or CO.

i keep trying to get our CO to get some m-f pt going but they aren't really big on having pt for civilians. and we don;t even get to ride in the helicopters after we work on them
You must have went to Ft Eustis for training then hu? I would be in no hurry to do any FCF flights

I allways wanted a ride in a F-15 c or d model 30 seconds is all I asked for. Full vertical take off, look up at the sky, look in the mirror at the same time and hope not to pass out

Closest I got was back seat in the hush house on a no. 1 engine AB. blowout engine run.
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yes, fort eustis. h co, 71st trans for training. the reclass company, ha ha ha. i just want to ride in a chinook. flight test won;t let me ride, boeing won;t let me ride, no one will. said its not approved. every tdy trip to philly, i try to talk those guys into letting me do a ride along and they keep saying no.

i guess i could bring it up next time i run into our commander. i never remember to ask him when i bump into him anywhere. he is a really cool guy but i just never think to see if i can bum a ride with him. he was a chinook pilot forever



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