Help Wanted

January 2019 UPDATE: We are still looking for an experienced (Master or Journeyman) and/or Apprentice Mechanic . See job descriptions below.

All staff should love to ride bikes AND ride to work at least 3 times per week. This is not discrimination, just a fact of working at a bike shop. And besides, why wouldn't you ride?!

Benefits include: Voice in the Company (we work collectivly), Paid Vacation, Paid Sick Time, Friendly Shop Atmosphere, Great White Center Location, Temperate NW climate, Top wages paid, DOE.


Email Resume and Cover Letter to aaron@rideyourbike.com

Shop Description

Aaron's Bicycle Repair is an open atmosphere repair shop (the repair benches are not hidden in a back room). The shop is extremely clean and well organized. We sell bikes, helmets, limited clothing (T-Shirts and Cycling Caps) and all parts & accessories but primarily focus on quality repair. Our motto about Tune-ups is - Your bike will work better than new! We do it right the first time. The repair benches are the first thing the customer sees when coming in the door. We own nearly every bike tool known to man! The customer is welcome anywhere in the shop except in the immediate repair bench area and behind the cash wrap. We strive to make folks feel comfortable and don't use technobabble unless the customer speaks it first (i.e. we call the BB the "crank bearing"). West Seattle/White Center is like a small town and we know a lot of customers by first name. We have a book library where customers can borrow books on all things bike. Our customers are a mix of families, commuters, MTBers, Roadies and women! The people of White Center / West Seattle are very laid back and there is much variety in the people we serve. We love quality beer and good coffee.

Job Descriptions

Journeyman Mechanic (or Master Mechanic, DOE)

Full Time (40 hours per week)

OPEN

2+ years shop experience (Journeyman) 7+ years shop experience (Master) required . Must be highly motivated, mechanically inclined, and career oriented. A current apprentice mechanic who loves bicycles. Must have build over 50 wheels. Must be willing to learn from senior mechanics. Must be open to the ABR way of bike repair. Must not have an elitist attitude about bicycles. If you only want to work on nice bikes, look elsewhere. Must work well with people and not mind if the customer watches you work. Must be extremely organized and clean. Must be friendly and a good listener. Must be out-going. Must want to read a lot about bicycle mechanics. It is a career position and the candidate will take on their own education. You will be assigned reading and homework, but the main drive must come from your own desire to learn more about bicycle mechanics through reading! After 5 years (or DOE) experience at ABR you will receive Master Mechanic status. Testing, lots of reading and study and peer review will be included in your regimen. Higher pay will accompany completion.

Responsibilities will include but are not limited to: customer service, general bike repair, house keeping duties, opening and closing procedures, being an environmental & recycling steward1. Must ride to work at least 3 days a week 2.

A Journeyman mechanic is working on his/her own tool set however at most shops tools are supplied. Journeyman tenure is 5 years.



Apprentice Mechanic OPEN

Full Time (40 hours per week)

Graduation from United Bicycle Institute or Barnett Bicycle Institute is a plus but not required. School gives you a good start to a foundation and shows that you are willing to learn and are motivated to do a good job.

An apprentice mechanic who loves bicycles: Must be highly motivated, mechanically inclined, and career minded. Will learn every aspect of bicycle repair and to build wheels. Must be willing to learn from senior mechanics. Must be open to the ABR way of bike repair. Must not have an elitist attitude about bicycles (if you only want to work on the nice bikes, look elsewhere). Must work well with people and not mind if the customer watches you work. Must be extremely organized and clean. Must be friendly and a good listener. Must be out-going. Must want to read a lot about bicycle mechanics. This can turn into a full time, year round position for the right person. It is a career position and the candidate will take on their own education. You will be assigned reading and homework, but the main drive must come from your own desire to learn bike mechanics through reading, reading, reading! You must read one repair book per week and report back what you have learned. 3 month reviews will test your resolve. After a 2-year apprenticeship is completed you will become a Journeyman Mechanic for 5 years, then you graduate to Master Mechanic status. Testing, lots of reading and study and peer review will be included in your regimen. Higher pay will accompany completion. Must complete continuing education: Seminars, Interbike, Bike Repair School, Reading, etc.

Responsibilities will include but are not limited to: customer service, general bike repair, house keeping duties, opening and closing procedures, being an environmental & recycling steward1. Must ride to work at least 3 days a week 2.

An apprentice mechanic will get special discount on tool purchases and be expected (but not required) to acquire their own tool set over time.



Master Mechanic

Full Time FILLED

5 + years experience. Master mechanics often have their own shop. This can include personal shops, previously owned shops, or a current bike shop. If they do not have a shop, they live and breathe mechanics day and night. It is their favoirte thing! Not all shop owners are master mechanics, however. Peer recognition and respect are required. There is no official certification program in the bicycle industry. Presenting these suggestions we hope to change that. Electricians, plumbers and auto mechanics all have similar definitions. The field of bicycle mechanics is just as technical if not more so. Higher wages for mechanics and attracting career minded employees are the goals.



Master Mechanic

Filled: Val With ABR since 2004. Val passed away on August 10th, 2011

Val is the former owner if Bikesmith. 30+ years experince and he still loves it! Val works on Sundays, only.

5 + years experience. Master mechanics often have their own shop. This can include personal shops, previously owned shops, or a current bike shop. If they do not have a shop, they live and breathe mechanics day and night. It is their favoirte thing! Not all shop owners are master mechanics, however. Peer recognition and respect are required. There is no official certification program in the bicycle industry. Presenting these suggestions we hope to change that. Electricians, plumbers and auto mechanics all have similar definitions. The field of bicycle mechanics is just as technical if not more so. Higher wages for mechanics and attracting career minded employees are the goals.



Owner / Master Mechanic

Filled: Aaron Founded ABR on April 7th, 1997

Aaron does it all, but his passion is bicycle repair. Don't mistake his focus for rudeness! He doesn't mind if you watch him work, but needs elbow room! Aaron rides to work everyday.





Everyone's Responsibilities

1 Caring for the environment and recycling is important if humanity is to continue to exist. It is EVERYONES job! It includes making adjustments to your work life AND your home life. It means doing things like recycling, considering the packaging your purchases come in, taking a bag to the store, or your own cup to get coffee.
Using less energy is very important. Right now humanity uses way more energy than the earth provides. We are using hundreds of years worth of energy (in the form of fossil fuel) every day. It cannot go on much longer. Change the light bulbs in your house to compact flourecant. Turn off lights when not needed, wear a sweater when it is cold.

2Driving a car is bad for the planet. The less we do of it the better. Riding a bike doesn't hurt the planet at all. Not even a scratch! Everyone can ride a bike, or a trike or a recumbent or a recumbent trike or a hand cycle. The point is we are a transportation oriented shop not a recreational one. Our main goal is to encourage bike use for daily transport. If you are unable to ride sometimes, take the bus! Three times a week is easy and you and the planet will feel better.