About the Skill Builders Program
Explore Your Options, Build a Bridge that Will Lead to Your New Career
Santa Monica College offers a selection of skill builders (noncredit) courses available to the community at no cost (free)! Taking these skill builders (noncredit) classes can be done individually, or in some cases taking a series of classes can earn a certificate of completion. Skill builder classes provide robust learning environments and opportunities for personal and professional growth. These classes are practical, relevant stepping stones, helping you build essential skills for entry-level jobs.
Skill builder classes provide job training and can serve as a first step toward pursuing a certificate of achievement or associate degree at SMC.
Certificates of Completion
This noncredit program will introduce students to the basics of bicycle maintenance and provide a pathway to jobs as entry-level mechanics, bicycle sales positions or bicycle shop management. Areas to be covered include introduction to small business operations, technical and mechanical skill development, drive-train design and maintenance, wheel and hub systems, brake systems, suspensions, handlebar, and stem assembly and an introduction to “pedal-assist”, electric and light- electric vehicle (LEV) technologies. This program will explore the various career pathways in the bicycle industry at the local, national and international levels. This program is not intended as a substitute for any credit certificate or associate degree. It is recommended that students have an intermediate or higher skill level in ESL.
BICYCLE MAINTENANCE - NONCREDIT 901, Bicycle Maintenance Level 1
This course provides a basic understanding of bicycle maintenance and adjustments and techniques to fix the most common problems. Topics include technical and mechanical skill development, tool selection and use, drive-train systems, wheel and hub systems, brake systems, suspensions, handlebar, and stem assemblies. Career pathways in the bicycle industry at the local, national and international levels will be explored.
BICYCLE MAINTENANCE - NONCREDIT 902, Bicycle Maintenance Level 2
This course provides a foundation for those who wish to pursue a career in the bicycle industry including owning their own shops, working at a local bicycle shop, starting their own bicycle-related business, or finding employment in the bicycle industry. Topics in shop operations include customer service, sales, inventory management, customer segment focus, computer system selection, cash flow projections, establishing and developing vendor relationships, insurance, service ticket writing, pricing, and labor rates.