Small Engines Mechanic

Ryan Deacon

Job description

Small engine repair is a vocational occupation that involves the maintenance and repair of small engines such as low power internal combustion engines (gasoline/petrol) or electric engines. Equipment repaired includes chain saw, string trimmers, leaf blower, snow blowers, lawn mowers, wood chippers, go karts, and sometimes more powerful engines used in outboard motors, snowmobiles and motorcycles.
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Why would you like to work in that industry?

I am interested in this industry because I look forward to getting the ATV, dirt bike or snowmobiles running again and getting the customers riding again.

Are there jobs available?

Yes there are small engine mechanic jobs available in Toronto and all around Ontario.

Are there opportunities for promotions or to grow in this industry?

Yes there are opportunities for promotion to grow in this industry.

From a baseline mechanic you can end up becoming the shop manager or even running your own small engine mechanic shop.

What is the average salary?

The average salary ranges from $40,000-$60,000 and from $15 a hour up to $30 a hour

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Highlight the key qualifications for this job/career.

  • Reading and interpreting performance codes and standards such as manufacturer's service manuals, parts bulletins, technical updates etc.
  • Reviewing work orders and discussing work to be performed with supervisors or customers
  • Determining estimates of repair costs
  • Setting up and operating small power equipment
  • Inspecting and testing small engines using various diagnostic and testing devices
  • Performing scheduled maintenance on equipment
  • Advising customers on the work performed and general condition of the equipment
Documenting work activities as well as writing operational reports

what level of education will you need?

Grade 12 or the equivalent GED is required under the Ontario College of Trades Apprenticeship Act. It would be beneficial to have credits in mathematics, English and Science. To achieve success in this trade, Apprenticeship training includes 5,000 hours on-the-job training and in-school instruction. Upon you need to do a successfully written examination, the candidate will be recognized by the OCOT Program Development and Standards Unit with a Certificate of Qualification. However, a Small Engine Technician is an unrestricted trade which means that you do not need a Certificate of Qualification to work in this trade.

what schools offer that program?

Your in-school component is comprised of 2 eight week blocks of training and could take place at a community college such as Durham College of Applied Arts and Technology, Georgian College, Centennial College, Conestoga College Guelph campus or at Niagara College.

when do you expect to start in the career?

I expect to start working as a small engine mechanic by the age of 25.

what do you hope to accomplish in this career?

I hope to successfully finish my apprenticeship and hopefully own my own shop on day.

what are your short term and long term goals?

My short term goal is to get my apprenticeship and long term goal is to run my own Small Engine Mechanics shop.

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