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Train in the Mountain Bike Capital of the World
Bicycle Technician Program

Train in the Mountain Bike Capital of the World
Bicycle Technician Program

Bicycle Assembly & Repair Technician Program

Whether you're a beginner, intermediate or advanced cycling enthusiast, NWACC's unique location within Northwest Arkansas and along the Missouri trailhead offers you access to affordable, industry-recognized training that can enhance your hobby or put you on the trail to a career in the cycling industry.

In a year's time, you can earn a Bicycle Industry Employers Association (BIEA) - accredited certification in bicycle assembly and repair and gain skills in bicycle mechanics, wheel repair and assembly, bearing and suspension systems, service department operations, electric bikes and more. 

But your training doesn't have to brake at a technical certificate. NWACC offers pathways to earn an Associate of Applied Science in General Technology, which can easily transfer to the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith and be applied toward a Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership or Operations and Logistics - which can be earned online. 

Read further to learn more about courses, academic paths and possible careers. 

Bicycle Technician Program

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Academic Paths & Careers

NWACC offers a technical certificate in bicycle assembly and repair and an AAS in general technology, as well as transfer options to pursue a bachelor's degree. View the information below to learn more about the academic path that best fits your career goals.

Fall Semester:

  • BIKE 1003 Introduction to Bicycle Mechanics
  • BIKE 1013 Basic Bicycle Mechanics
  • BIKE 1023 Bicycle Braking Systems
  • BIKE 1033 Bicycle Drivetrain Systems
  • BIKE 1043 Ball Bearing Systems
  • ENGL 1013 Composition I
  • MATH 1003 Survey of Technical Math OR higher

Spring Semester:

  • BIKE 2013 Bicycle Wheel Repair and Assembly
  • BIKE 2023 Suspension Systems
  • BIKE 2023 Electric Bikes
  • BIKE 2033 Service Department Operation
  • COMM 1013 Public Speaking
  • BADM 2513 Business Organization and Management
View a PDF of all courses required to earn a Technical Certificate in Bicycle Assembly and Repair

Courses taken to earn a Technical Certificate in Bicycle Assembly and Repair can be applied toward obtaining an Associate of Applied Science in General Technology.

View all courses required to earn an AAS in General Technology

NWACC's Associate of Applied Science in General Technology can easily transfer and be applied toward the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith's Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership or Operations and Logistics - which can be earned online. 

Careers Paths:

Technical Certificate in Bicycle Assembly and Repair
As a certified technician, you’ll have skills in assembling and repairing bicycles, as well as critical thinking, problem solving and customer service which can prepare you for entry-level technician jobs within the cycling industry such as in retail, manufacturing, and engineering technology.

Associate of Applied Science in General Technology
All certificate course credits can be applied toward an Associate of Applied Science in General Technology. The degree can be customized to meet your industry-specific career goals such as specializing in bike mechanics, electrical instrumentation, HVAC, plumbing, solar energy, manufacturing, horticulture, computer aided design and more. After taking 15 hours of general education credits, 45 hours of coursework can be dedicated to technician training in a variety of technical areas.

Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership
Your Associate of Applied Science in General Technology can be easily transferred to the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith and applied toward a Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership. This degree path draws upon your knowledge of many disciplines, including leadership, social sciences, technology and communication, and prepares you for success in leadership roles in emerging global, corporate, government and industrial environments. This bachelor’s degree can be earned all online, offering you the flexibility to pursue it while maintaining employment.

Bachelor of Science in Operations and Logistic
Your Associate of Applied Science in General Technology can be easily transferred to the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith and applied toward a Bachelor of Science in Operations and Logistics. On this degree path, you’ll learn how to improve efficiencies in logistics, procurements, distribution, and sourcing, and address the management of relationships with stakeholders. This bachelor’s degree can be earned all online, offering you the flexibility to pursue it while maintaining employment.


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Try a Bicycle Technician Class

Not ready to enroll into NWACC's bicycle technician program but interested in taking some classes to enhance your cycling hobby? NWACC offers non-credit evening classes for those who want to expand their knowledge in bike mechanics and operations or who are still deciding whether to participate in the full program. 

If you do decide to pursue a certificate or an associate degree after taking a few courses (in the correct order), the courses can be easily applied toward your bicycle degree path.

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Cycling and Technician Education Center 

As funding allows, NWACC plans to remodel its physical plant into a new Cycling and Technician Education Center (C-TEC). The first phase includes the opening of the new Bike Technician Lab in fall 2021, which will be located within the center and house the college's bicycle technician classes. The plans for the second phase include retrofitting the rest of the center to house additional BIEA accredited-programs like trail-building, design and fabrication and manufacturing, as well as space for changing and hygiene stations and a bicycle repair station.

 

Construction Images

View images below to see the progress of the construction on the new Cycling and Technician Education Center. 

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"The average BIEA - accredited graduate will be highly competent working in the cycling industry on day one of employment. Graduates will be in a great position to work in any market in the U.S. as a professional technician. There has never been a better time to begin a career in bikes."

Dave Olson
President and Partner of Erik’s Bike Shop
Board Chair of BIEA
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