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.


Small Engine Technician (435A)

Ask Yourself: Yes No
Do you have good hand-eye coordination?
Do you have good manual dexterity? Are you mechanically inclined?
Are you a continual learner? Do you enjoy keeping up with the latest technology?
Are you able to follow Health & Safety guidelines?
Are you able to lift more than 50lbs? Are you able to stand or sit for long periods of time?
Do you have great communication skills? Do you enjoy working with computerized equipment?
Are you reliable, a self-starter and able to work with minimal supervision?

If you checked YES to the majority of these questions, a career as a Small Engine Technician (435A) may be for you!

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  • Automotive Service Technician

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