Outdoor Power Equipment and Other Small Engine Mechanics

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About the Job

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

It is also Called

  • Vehicle Mechanic
  • Snowmobile Mechanic
  • Snowblower Mechanic
  • Small Engine Technician
  • Small Engine Specialist
  • Small Engine Mechanic
  • Service Technician
  • Repairer, Engine, Production
  • Repair Technician
  • Power Wheelchair Mechanic
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What They Do

  • Remove engines from equipment, and position and bolt engines to repair stands.
  • Grind, ream, rebore, and re-tap parts to obtain specified clearances, using grinders, lathes, taps, reamers, boring machines, and micrometers.
  • Replace motors.
  • Dismantle engines, using hand tools, and examine parts for defects.
  • Show customers how to maintain equipment.
  • Sell parts and equipment.
  • 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.
  • Obtain problem descriptions from customers, and prepare cost estimates for repairs.
  • Perform routine maintenance such as cleaning and oiling parts, honing cylinders, and tuning ignition systems.

Interests

People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: I.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Investigative interests.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Support, but also value Independence and Working Conditions in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
  • Clerical - Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • Repairing - Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.
  • Troubleshooting - Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
  • Equipment Maintenance - Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
  • 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.
  • Quality Control Analysis - Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Preparation Required

These occupations usually require a high school diploma.

Wages

In 2016, the average annual wage in California was $37,980 with most people making between $22,840 and $53,330

Outlook

0.87%
avg. annual growth

During 2014, this occupation employed approximately 2,300 people in California. It is projected that there will be 2,500 employed in 2024.

This occupation will have about 20 openings due to growth and about 50 replacement openings for approximately 70 total annual openings.