What does a Small Engine Technician (435A) do?

Small Engine Technicians service and repair small gasoline and diesel-powered equipment including garden tractors, outboard motors, chainsaws, and lawn mowers.

Job Related Skills, Interests and Values

  • Reading and interpreting performance codes and standards including manufacturer service manuals, parts bulletins, and technical updates
  • Reviewing work orders and discussing work to be performed with supervisors or customers
  • Conducting repair cost estimates
  • 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 regarding work performed and general condition of equipment
  • Documenting work activities and writing operational reports

What Preparation and Training Do You Need?

  • Secondary school diploma or equivalent; math, science, and English credits an asset
  • Transportation Specialist High Skills Major program recommended for high school students
  • While not mandatory, completion of 5,000-hour apprenticeship, including on-the-job and in-school training, is recommended

What's Your Future as a Small Engine Technician (435A)?

  • Generally 40-hour week, though work may be seasonal
  • Extensive heavy lifting, bending, and standing required
  • Employers include dealer service shops, garages, and independent business establishments; self-employment is an option for many

Wage Rate

Apprentice wage increases with skill and experience. Fully qualified workers earn up to $20.00 per hour with opportunities for overtime.

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