Outdoor Power Equipment and Other Small Engine Mechanics

Diagnose, adjust, repair, or overhaul small engines used to power lawn mowers, chain saws, recreational sporting equipment and related equipment.

Median Annual Wage: $32,120

Education: High school diploma or equivalent (57%); Post-secondary certificate (22%); Less than high school diploma (10%)

Projected Growth: Slower than average (3% to 7%)

Related Job Titles: Service Technician; Mechanic; Small Engine Mechanic; Outdoor Power Equipment Service Technician; Golf Cart Mechanic; Lawnmower Repair Mechanic; Small Engine Technician

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Source: O*NET OnLine information for Outdoor Power Equipment and Other Small Engine Mechanics.

More Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Careers

  • Adjust points, valves, carburetors, distributors, and spark plug gaps, using feeler gauges.
  • Reassemble engines after repair or maintenance work is complete.
  • Record repairs made, time spent, and parts used.
  • Perform routine maintenance such as cleaning and oiling parts, honing cylinders, and tuning ignition systems.
  • Obtain problem descriptions from customers, and prepare cost estimates for repairs.
  • Repair or replace defective parts such as magnetos, water pumps, gears, pistons, and carburetors, using hand tools.
  • Test and inspect engines to determine malfunctions, to locate missing and broken parts, and to verify repairs, using diagnostic instruments.
  • Sell parts and equipment.
  • Show customers how to maintain equipment.
  • Dismantle engines, using hand tools, and examine parts for defects.
  • Replace motors.
  • Grind, ream, rebore, and re-tap parts to obtain specified clearances, using grinders, lathes, taps, reamers, boring machines, and micrometers.
  • Remove engines from equipment, and position and bolt engines to repair stands.

Source: O*NET OnLine information for Outdoor Power Equipment and Other Small Engine Mechanics.

  • Equipment Maintenance - Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
  • Troubleshooting - Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
  • Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
  • Operation and Control - Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Quality Control Analysis - Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
  • Equipment Selection - Determining the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Source: O*NET OnLine information for Outdoor Power Equipment and Other Small Engine Mechanics.

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