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Outdoor Power Equipment & Other Small Engine Mechanics

Also called: Mechanic, Outdoor Power Equipment Service Technician, Service Technician, Small Engine Mechanic

What they do:
Diagnose, adjust, repair, or overhaul small engines used to power lawn mowers, chain saws, recreational sporting equipment and related equipment.
On the job, you would:
  • Repair and maintain gasoline engines used to power equipment such as portable saws, lawn mowers, generators, and compressors.
  • Adjust points, valves, carburetors, distributors, and spark plug gaps, using feeler gauges.
  • Reassemble engines after repair or maintenance work is complete.


Engineering and Technology
  • mechanical
Arts and Humanities
  • English language
  • customer service
  • management
Manufactured or Agricultural Goods
  • manufacture and distribution of products


Basic Skills
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it


Hand and Finger Use
  • hold or move items with your hands
  • put together small parts with your fingers
Controlled Movement
  • quickly change the controls of a machine, car, truck or boat
  • use your arms and/or legs together while sitting, standing, or lying down
Ideas and Logic
  • notice when problems happen
  • order or arrange things
  • listen and understand what people say


People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Attention to Detail
  • Initiative
  • Dependability
  • Integrity
  • Cooperation
  • Analytical Thinking


You might use software like this on the job:

Data base user interface and query software
  • Ideal Computer Systems Ideal OPE
  • RepairTRAX
Analytical or scientific software
  • Land & Sea DYNO-MAX
  • VersaDyne small engine testing software
Point of sale POS software
  • Sale processing software


Education: (rated 2 of 5)
high school diploma/GED or
certificate after high school
usually needed

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Job Outlook

Below Average Outlook
New job opportunities are less likely in the future.
per year, on average
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