Advanced Certification Seminars

UBI Mechanic Classes - Advanced Certification - Wheel Building

The following classes are short seminars, 2 to 3 days in length, designed for experienced mechanics, or previous graduates who have completed our Professional Repair and Shop Operation course. They are intended to take the mechanic to the next level and achieve the status of master mechanic. Although these classes are scheduled to be taken in sequence as an entire week, they can also be taken individually. A substantial tuition discount is offered when taking both seminars together.

  • Monday and Tuesday: UBI & DT Swiss Certified Wheel Building - $700 tuition, with a $50 registraion fee ($750 total) (Wheelset included in tuition!)
  • Wednesday through Friday: Certified Suspension Technician - $650 tuition, with a $50 registration fee ($700 total)
  • Entire Week - Both Classes: $1,250 tuition (includes a $100 tuition discount!), with a $100 registration fee ($1,350 total)

Important Note Regarding the UBI/DT Swiss Wheel Building Course

UBI Mechanic Classes - Advanced Certification - Suspension Technician

Starting in 2018 there will be updated wheel build selections available and students will get to keep the wheelset they build in class, included in the tuition price.

The wheel set will be graded and safety checked before leaving UBI. UBI will have wheel boxes available for purchase and can assist with getting them shipped within the U.S. if a student cannot physically take the wheel set with them.

A wheel build selection worksheet will be sent to the student at the time of class registration. The student will have to let UBI know no fewer than 30 days before start of class what wheels they want to build and keep.

DT Swiss Wheel Options


Special Advanced Seminar Discounts Available!

We are currently offering an additional $100 discount off the Advanced Mechanics Week if you sign up for both the Professional Repair and Shop Operation Course and the Advanced Mechanic Seminar Week consecutively. This discount is in addition to our standard discount of $100 off our Advanced Mechanic Seminar Week (both seminars). That's a total savings of $200 off the Advanced Course, plus you can save on travel expenses by taking them both at once!


UBI/DT SWISS CERTIFIED WHEEL BUILDER

UBI Mechanic Classes - Advanced Certification - Wheel Building

Monday and Tuesday

Who Will Benefit:

  • Experienced Mechanics
  • Graduates of our Pro Class
  • Career Oriented Mechanics
  • Those Seeking Certification

Prerequisites:

Previous graduate of our Professional Repair and Shop Operation course or a minimum of 1 year experience as a professional bicycle shop mechanic. Previous wheel building experience is also highly recommended.


What You'll Learn

This course is suitable for experienced mechanics who have had some prior wheel building experience or those students who have taken our Professional Repair and Shop Operation course who would like to build on that foundation. We cover the most advanced topics of wheel building, from the theory and physics of the rotating wheel, to varied lacing patterns. Our primary goal is to start you on the path to becoming a master wheel builder. Students will build and keep a high quality set of wheels using all DT Swiss components. Those students who pass the final certification exam will become UBI/DT Certified Wheel Builders.


Some of the topics we cover include:

  • Customizing for the Discriminating Customer
  • Hubs, Spoke, & Rim Selection
  • Lacing Patterns
  • Precise Spoke Length Calculation
  • Wheel Design and Symmetry
  • Wheel Dynamics and Loading
  • Tool Selection

CERTIFIED SUSPENSION TECHNICIAN

UBI Mechanic Classes - Advanced Certification - Suspension Technician

Wednesday through Friday

Who Will Benefit:

  • Experienced Mechanics
  • Graduates of our Pro Class
  • Career Oriented Mechanics
  • Those Seeking Certification

Prerequisites:

Previous graduate of our Professional Repair and Shop Operation course or a minimum of 1 year experience as a professional bicycle shop mechanic.


What You Will Learn

Bicycle suspension is one of the most dynamic topics in the industry. With suspension systems becoming more advanced, and even beginner-level bikes coming equipped with suspension, demand for suspension technicians is high. Our 3 day seminar will bring you up to speed on all the current suspension systems, as well as prepare you to service most other systems on the market. By the end of the seminar, suspension theory will be demystified, and you will be intimately familiar with the workings of all the popular suspension fork and shock designs, as well as the various linkage and full-suspension frame designs on today's market.


Some of the topics we cover include:

  • Suspension Terminology and History
  • Damper Design, Service and Tuning
  • Spring Design, Service and Tuning
  • Linkage and Frame Designs
  • Suspension Upgrades and Tuning
  • Safety and Liability

Tuition Information

The tuition for both Advanced Mechanic Seminars is $1,250. This represents a $100 discount if taken together, or they may be taken individually for the above prices. There is also an additional $100 discount offered if taking both seminars and the Professional Repair course back to back. A $100 registration fee is required with your signed class application. Click here for a schedule of classes. For more information, check our mechanics class FAQ page!


Additional Prerequisite Details

Students who do not meet the prerequisite for any of the Advanced Certification Seminars may still take the seminar as an audit, but will be ineligible for advanced certification.


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