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Completion of high school or other formal education is not
necessarily required for a job as a bicycle mechanic, although
employers may prefer applicants who are high school graduates. If
you are considering this kind of work, you will benefit from taking
vocational-technical or shop classes in high school. Such classes
will give you the opportunity to work with your hands, follow
blueprints or other directions, and build equipment. Science
classes, such as physics, will give you an understanding of the
principles at work behind the design of equipment as well as help
you to understand how it functions. Since you will most likely be
working in a retail environment, consider taking business,
accounting, or computer classes that will teach you business and
related skills. Don't forget to take English or communication
classes. These classes will help you develop your communication
skills, an asset when dealing with customers, as well as your
research and reading skills, an asset when your work includes
reviewing maintenance and repair documentation for many different
types of bikes.
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