Outdoor Power Equipment and Other Small Engine Mechanics
SOC: 49-3053.00

Description:

Diagnose, adjust, repair, or overhaul small engines used to power lawn mowers, chain saws, recreational sporting equipment and related equipment.


National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.


Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
32,300 employed

Projected (2024):
33,800 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)


Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.


Alternate Titles:

  • Chain Saw Mechanic
  • Edge Trimmer Mechanic
  • Electric Golf Cart Repairers
  • Electric Wheelchair Repairer
  • Engine Mechanic
  • Engine Repairer, Production
  • Engine Repairer, Service
  • Engine Service Repairer
  • Engine Specialist
  • Garden Equipment Mechanic
  • Garden Implement Mechanic
  • Garden Machinery Mechanic
  • Garden Tractor Mechanic
  • Gas Engine Mechanic
  • Gas Engine Repairer
  • Gas Golf Cart Repairer
  • Go-Cart Mechanic
  • Golf Cart Mechanic
  • Jet Ski Mechanic
  • Lab Technician
  • Lawn Mower Mechanic
  • Lawn Mower Repairer
  • Lawnmower Repair Mechanic
  • Magneto Repairer
  • Mechanic
  • Mobility Scooter Repairer
  • Model Engine Mechanic
  • Motor Scooter Mechanic
  • Outdoor Power Equipment Mechanic (OPE Mechanic)
  • Outdoor Power Equipment Service Technician
  • Power Saw Mechanic
  • Power Wheelchair Mechanic
  • Repair Technician
  • Repairer, Engine, Production
  • Service Technician
  • Small Engine Mechanic
  • Small Engine Specialist
  • Small Engine Technician
  • Snowblower Mechanic
  • Snowmobile Mechanic
  • Vehicle Mechanic


  • Job Zone Two: Some Preparation Needed

    Experience:

    Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is usually needed. For example, a teller would benefit from experience working directly with the public.

    Education:

    These occupations usually require a high school diploma.

    Job Training:

    Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.


    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Technology Design
  • Equipment Selection
  • Programming
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • Equipment Maintenance
  • Troubleshooting
  • Repairing
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Building and Construction
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Psychology
  • Geography
  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • Therapy and Counseling
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Foreign Language
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation


  • Tasks:

  • 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.
  • Record repairs made, time spent, and parts used.
  • Perform routine maintenance such as cleaning and oiling parts, honing cylinders, and tuning ignition systems.
  • Obtain problem descriptions from customers, and prepare cost estimates for repairs.
  • Test and inspect engines to determine malfunctions, to locate missing and broken parts, and to verify repairs, using diagnostic instruments.
  • Repair or replace defective parts such as magnetos, water pumps, gears, pistons, and carburetors, using hand tools.
  • Sell parts and equipment.
  • Show customers how to maintain equipment.
  • Dismantle engines, using hand tools, and examine parts for defects.
  • Replace motors.
  • Grind, ream, rebore, and re-tap parts to obtain specified clearances, using grinders, lathes, taps, reamers, boring machines, and micrometers.
  • Remove engines from equipment, and position and bolt engines to repair stands.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Adjustable gap spark testers
  • Allen wrench sets
  • Automatic center punches
  • Ball peen hammers
  • Battery terminal cleaners
  • Bearing drivers
  • Breaker bars
  • Cam bearing plug gauges
  • Camshaft bearing drivers
  • Camshaft bearing pullers
  • Carburetor pressure gauges
  • Channel lock pliers
  • Charging system testers
  • Coil testers
  • Combination pliers
  • Combination wrenches
  • Compression testing gauges
  • Computer data input scanners
  • Cotter pin pullers
  • Crankshaft straighteners
  • Crowfoot wrenches
  • Cylinder bore telescoping gauges
  • Cylinder hones
  • Dead blow hammers
  • Diagonal cutters
  • Dial bore gauges
  • Dial calipers
  • Digital multimeters
  • Digital tachometers
  • Engine hour meters
  • Fixed tip snap ring pliers
  • Flat cold chisels
  • Flat tip screw starters
  • Fluted screw extractors
  • Flywheel holders
  • Flywheel pullers
  • Fuel line removers
  • Gear pullers
  • Hex sets
  • Ignition testers
  • Impact drills
  • Impact drivers
  • Inline spark testers
  • Inspection mirrors
  • Leakdown testers
  • Magnetic pickup tools
  • Magneto bearing pullers
  • Main bearing plug gauges
  • Measuring tapes
  • Mechanical fingers
  • Mechanics' pick sets
  • Metric flex socket wrenches
  • Metric socket wrenches
  • Mini hacksaws
  • Needle nose pliers
  • Parallel pin punches
  • Penlights
  • Personal computers
  • Phillips head screwdrivers
  • Piston ring compressors
  • Piston ring expanders
  • Portable air compressors
  • Power drill bits
  • Power wrenches
  • Ridge reamers
  • Seal pullers
  • Slot screwdrivers
  • Small jet carburetor screwdrivers
  • Socket wrench extensions
  • Solder guns
  • Spanners
  • Spark plug gauges
  • Spark plug hole taps
  • Spark plug socket wrenches
  • Spark plug wrenches
  • Speed handles
  • Standard flex socket wrenches
  • Standard socket wrenches
  • Starter clutch wrenches
  • Starter punches
  • T handle hex wrenches
  • Taper feeler gauges
  • Tapered hand files
  • Temperature guns
  • Test lights
  • Torque adapters
  • Torque wrenches
  • Torx bit sets
  • Valve grinders
  • Valve guide reamers
  • Valve refacing tools
  • Valve seat cutting tools
  • Valve spring compressors
  • Vise grip pliers
  • Wire crimpers
  • Wire cutters
  • Wire strippers
  • Wireless tachometers
  • Work vans
  • Z benders
  • Ideal Computer Systems Ideal OPE
  • Land & Sea DYNO-MAX
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Office software
  • RepairTRAX
  • Sale processing software
  • Smart Equipment Repair
  • VersaDyne small engine testing software
  • Web browser software


  • installation maintenance and repair


    industry stats

    SOC: 49-0000

    Total Employed: 5,374,150

    Average Annual Salary: $45,990