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Small Engine Mechanics

Small Engine Mechanics
Quick Facts : Small Engine Mechanics*
2010 Median Pay$31,790
Entry Level EducationHigh school diploma or equivalent
Work Experience in Related OccupationNone
Number of Jobs, 201268,800
Job Outlook21% (Faster than average)
Employment Change14,300

Small engine mechanics inspect, service, and repair motorized power equipment. Mechanics often specialize in one type of equipment, such as motorcycles, motorboats, or outdoor power equipment. Mechanics? tasks vary in complexity and difficulty.

What Small Engine Mechanics Do

  • Discuss equipment issues, maintenance plans, and work performed with customers
  • Perform routine engine maintenance, such as lubricating parts and replacing spark plugs
  • Test and inspect engines for malfunctioning parts
  • Reassemble and reinstall components and engines following repairs
  • Keep records of inspections, test results, work performed, and parts used

Work Environment

Small engine mechanics generally work in well-ventilated and noisy repair shops. They sometimes make onsite repair calls, which may require working in poor weather conditions. Although most work full time during regular business hours, seasonal work hours often fluctuate. Workers are often busiest during the spring and summer, when use of equipment is the highest.
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Job Outlook

Employment of small engine mechanics is expected to grow 21 percent from 2010 to 2020, however, employment growth will vary be specialty.
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The average salary of small engine mechanics in May 2010 was $31,790.
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Becoming a Small Engine Mechanics

Employers prefer to hire mechanics who have completed formal training programs. However, many mechanics learn their trade informally on the job.
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