What Does a Turf Equipment Technician Do?

Turf Equipment Technicians (421C) are responsible for lawn maintenance equipment. They diagnose, repair and maintain large and small tractors, golf carts, traction units (Power trains), small powered equipment (leaf blowers) and tow-behind equipment (utility wagons, implements).

Job Related Skills, Interests and Values

  • Inspecting, testing, diagnosing and repairing lawn maintenance equipment 
  • Sharpening mower blades, repairing diesel engines and fixing brake lines
  • Using hand and power tools
  • Setting up and operating shop equipment including rotary blade grinders, bed knife, reel, pressure washer
  • Operating lift equipment including hoists, front end loaders, fork lifts and ski steers
  • Attaching tow-behind implements to drive units and securing and maintaining trailer hitches
  • Servicing and maintaining traction units including fuel systems, fuel injection systems, diesel and gasoline engines and electric and electronic components
  • Inspecting wheels, tires and mounting hardware
  • Tuning two and four cycle engines
  • Inspecting and repairing car bodies
  • Preparing equipment for winter storage
  • Disposing of unwanted or excessive explosives
  • Driving, parking and operating heavy equipment
  • Observing safety protocol

You may find additional information about this trade and applicable standards at the Ontario College of Trades (OCOT) website – follow this sector link:http://www.collegeoftrades.ca/membership/resources/training-standards

What Preparation and Training Do You Need?

A Turf Equipment Technician is an unrestricted trade in the motive power sector, which means that it does not require a valid Certificate of Apprenticeship to work in the trade. However, apprenticeship training is recommended and a Certificate of Apprenticeship is available upon successful completion.

Grade 12 or the equivalent (GED or ACE) is required under the Ontario College of Trades Apprenticeship Act (2009) to be apprenticed in this trade. Completion of a 5000 hour on the job training and  three 8 week blocks of in-school training is required to complete the apprenticeship.  In-school training includes courses in:

  • protecting self and others
  • setting up and operating shop equipment, two-behind equipment and mowing equipment
  • servicing and maintaining golf carts, sprayer equipment, traction units and small powered equipment

To succeed in this trade, you should possess fine motor skills and have the ability to problem solve.

What’s Your Future as a Turf Equipment Technician?

Turf Equipment Technicians work outdoors and inside a shop. Because these tradespeople are exposed to high noise levels, fumes, dirt and sharp implements, adhering to all safety precautions is very important. 

Employment opportunities for this occupation are expected to remain stable with the increasing number of golf courses and parks. Employers who hire Turf Equipment Technicians include:

  • Independent repair shops
  • Golf courses
  • Sod farms
  • Equipment rental firms
  • Lawn care companies
  • Landscaping companies
  • Municipal, provincial or federal government parks services

Wage Rate

Fully qualified Turf Equipment Technicians can earn an average of $12 - $22 per hour, not including overtime and benefits.


 Ask Yourself: Is Working as a Turf Equipment Technician For You?


Do you enjoy working indoors or outdoors in various weather?

Yes      No

Do you have strong problem solving skills?

Yes      No

Are you good at sizing things up, and implementing solutions?

Yes      No

Are you mechanically inclined and enjoy tinkering with engines and machinery?

Yes      No

Are you physical fit, and able to kneel, bend,  lift, carry and manipulate heavy objects?

Yes      No

Do you have good customer service skills?

Yes      No

Do you persist until the job is done just right?

Yes      No


If you answered Yes to most of these questions, a career as a Turf Equipment Technician May be for You!

You may also want to explore other careers that require similar interests and skills, such as:

  • Small Engine Mechanic
  • Automotive Service Technician
  • Heavy Equipment Mechanic
  • Band Saw Technician
  • Ski Lift Mechanic
  • Motorcycle Mechanic
  • Recreational Vehicle Technician

For more information, check out the Golf Equipment Technicians Association of Canada.

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