May 11, 2003 8:45 PM
|does anyone have any thoughts or advice on choosing
a school for professional mechanics?
besides Barnett and UBI, are there any others worth
|school of life..||hackmechanic|
May 11, 2003 8:55 PM
|Seriously, you'll learn more working in a shop, even volunteering, than you will in school. School will give you the numbers to memorize and the torque specs and the basics on wheelbuilding and the like but it's not the same as the real world. I've worked with UBI graduates and they usually aren't as good as the kid who fixes his own bikes because he's too poor to buy new stuff and has to make his old stuff work.|
May 11, 2003 9:09 PM
|The mechanic schools that are out there are great for learning the details, and I think they can probably be useful for mechanics looking to brush up on new technology and refine some of there skills. For someone just starting out however, just find a way to get a job in a shop. That was how I learned it, that was how every other mechanic I know learned it. It really is the best way.
A lot of what they teach in those schools will be picked up along the way, and the rest of it can probably be learned at home by reading the books. To be a good mechanic, experience is what is needed. Anybody can learn to use a torque wrench and follow the mfg. specs, but there are some things they don't teach in the books, things you learn by feel and by doing it. That is what seperates a great mechanic from simply a competent one. Get out there and get your hands dirty. It's the best way to learn, its free (actually, a lot of the time they will even pay you!!!!.....well....kinda) and it's a lot of fun.
I've moved into a sales position at my current job, but I still like to go in back and get my hands dirty every now and then. I like working on bikes and I'm very thankful for the skills I learned under other mechanics when I was younger. I started working in a bike shop when I was 15 and I knew nothing. Now I'm 23 and still learning things every day I go to work. Best job in the world (as long as you don't need to make actual money or anything:)
|also agree nm||gtx|
May 12, 2003 7:45 AM
|Park Tool School ???||coonass|
May 12, 2003 5:24 AM
|Don't know any pros/cons, but it may be worth looking into..
Obviously, the threads that recommended a job at an LBS would be the best training ground.
|Park Tool School ???||russw19|
May 12, 2003 11:32 AM
|That Park Tool School book is pretty darn good. You can also learn much of what you need to know just by reading the repair area of Park's website. But if you want something as a hard copy to reference, the Park book is very good. I don't really think the class is worth the money, but just get the book and read it.
|I also find "Zinn & the Art of Road Bike Maintenance" helpful nm||TNSquared|
May 12, 2003 1:24 PM