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Outdoor Power Equipment & Other Small Engine Mechanics

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

Where in the Army? In the Army: Aircraft Powertrain Repairer; Automatic Test Systems Operator/Maintainer; Automotive Maintenance Warrant Officer; Construction Equipment Repairer; Engineer Equipment Maintenance Warrant Officer; STRYKER Systems Maintainer; Self Propelled Artillery Systems Maintainer; Senior Automotive Maintenance Warrant Officer/Senior Ordnance Logistics Warrant Officer; Tactical Power Generation Specialist; Tracked Vehicle Repairer; Wheeled Vehicle Mechanic

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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:
  • Record repairs made, time spent, and parts used.
  • Test and inspect engines to determine malfunctions, to locate missing and broken parts, and to verify repairs, using diagnostic instruments.
  • Dismantle engines, using hand tools, and examine parts for defects.


Engineering and Technology
  • mechanical
  • product and service development
  • customer service
  • sales and marketing
Arts and Humanities
  • English language
Education and Training
  • teaching and course design


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
  • put together small parts with your fingers
  • keep your arm or hand steady
Ideas and Logic
  • notice when problems happen
  • order or arrange things


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


You might use software like this on the job:

Spreadsheet software
  • Microsoft Excel Hot Technology
Data base user interface and query software
  • RepairTRAX
  • Smart Equipment Repair
Analytical or scientific software
  • Land & Sea DYNO-MAX
  • VersaDyne small engine test system


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

Job Outlook

Below Average Outlook
New job opportunities are less likely in the future.

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