Small Engine Mechanic

Maintains, tests and repairs engines of chainsaws, lawn mowers, garden tractors and other equipment with small engines. Registration or licensing may be required.
Training time 3 - 4 years
Average pay $53,160
Employment prospects Moderate
Employment size 500

What does a Small Engine Mechanic do?

  • detecting and diagnosing faults in engines and parts
  • dismantling and removing engine assemblies, transmissions, steering mechanisms and other components, and checking parts
  • repairing and replacing worn and defective parts and reassembling mechanical components, and referring to service manuals as needed
  • performing scheduled maintenance services, such as oil changes, lubrications and engine tune-ups, to achieve smoother running of vehicles and ensure compliance with pollution regulations
  • reassembling engines and parts after being repaired
  • testing and adjusting mechanical parts after being repaired for proper performance
  • diagnosing and testing parts with the assistance of computers


  • Chainsaw Mechanic
  • Lawnmower Mechanic
  • Outboard Motor Mechanic

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Certificate III in Marine Mechanical Technology
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