What does a Turf Equipment Technician (421C) do?

Turf Equipment Technicians 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
  • Safely using hand and power tools and observing all safety protocols
  • Setting up and operating shop equipment including rotary blade grinders, bed knives, reels, and pressure washers
  • 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
  • Safely driving, parking, and operating heavy equipment
  • Preparing equipment for winter storage
  • Disposing of unwanted or excessive explosives

What Preparation and Training Do You Need?

  • Secondary school diploma or equivalent; math and English credits an asset
  • While not mandatory, completion of apprenticeship including 5,000 on-the-job hours and three 8-week in-school training sessions, is recommended

What's Your Future as a Turf Equipment Technician (421C)?

  • Work outdoors and inside a shop
  • Exposure to noise, fumes, dirt, and sharp implements; attention to safety is paramount
  • Employers include independent repair shops, golf courses, sod farms, equipment rental firms, lawn care companies, landscaping companies, and government parks services

Wage Rate

Apprentice wage increases with skill and experience. Fully qualified workers earn up to $22.00 per hour, often with benefits and opportunities for overtime.

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