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Small Engine Mechanics Job Overview

Small engine techs, also known as small engine mechanics, service and repair a variety of power equipment including chainsaws, lawnmowers, motorboats and motorcycles. Small engine technicians often specialize in a particular type of equipment, however they may also service and repair closely-related equipment. They use a variety of techniques to diagnose problems. They replace or repair defective components. They also take apart engines and look for signs of wear and tear. Small engine techs perform routine maintenance on engines and they sometimes perform a complete engine overhaul.

Schools and Degrees

Due to the complexity of motor boats and motorcycles, some employers prefer candidates that have completed a formal training program. However, most small engine mechanics acquire their skills through on-the-job training or while being employed in related occupations. It may take three to five years of on-the-job training before a small engine tech becomes competent in all the elements of repairing motorboat and motorcycle engines. Due to less moving parts, less training time is required for outdoor equipment. Mechanics that seek to perform warranty work for manufactures and insurance companies are typically required to take manufacturer training programs.

Job Requirements

Small engine mechanics need the skills to diagnose fuel, mechanical and electrical problems and to make repairs. Small engine mechanics should have good problem solving abilities and be detailed oriented. They need the skills to use computerized engine analyzers, ammeters, voltmeters and compression gauges and other types of testing devices. Supervisor and management positions usually require leadership ability and experience. Those with experience and sales ability may become sales representatives.

Nature of Work

Small engine technicians typically work in well lighted and ventilated repair shops. Motorboat mechanics sometimes have to work outdoors in harsh weather conditions while repairing engines. They might also have to work in awkward or cramped positions in order to reach the boat's engine. Small engine mechanics may work less than 40 hours per week during the winter due to a decline in the use of motorboats, lawnmowers and motorcycles. However, they often schedule engine overhauls during the slow winter months. Usually, small engine technicians work full-time only during the spring and summer. During periods of high demand they may work significantly more than 40 hours per week.

Jobs and Outlook

The Bureau of Labor Statistics forecasts 12 percent growth in employment for small engine mechanics from 2006 to 2016 which is about as fast as average for all occupations. The growth of jobs is expected to be higher for motorboat and motorcycle mechanics than for outdoor equipment mechanics. Some of the major employers of small engine mechanics are motor vehicle dealers which includes boats and motorcycles. Retail hardware lawn and garden stores are also major employers. Small engine techs are also employed by small engine repair shops, equipment rental companies, marinas and boatyards, landscaping services and wholesale distributors. Employers prefer applicants that have knowledge of both 2 and 4 stroke engines and other types of emissions reducing technology. Some small engine techs are self-employed. The average yearly income in 2009 for small engine mechanics was $28,887.

Schools for Small Engine Mechanics are listed in the Browse Schools Section.

Metro Areas Sorted by Total Employment for:
Small Engine Mechanics

Listed below are metro areas sorted by the total number of people employed in Small Engine Mechanics jobs , as of 2016

2016 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov; 2014-24 State Occupational Projections, Projections Central, projectionscentral.com

     
Metro Area (Alabama) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Mobile 110 $36,660
Huntsville 90 $35,360
Dothan 60 $25,290
Montgomery 40 $32,890
Birmingham N/A $33,520
Hoover N/A $33,520
     
Metro Area (Arizona) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Scottsdale 490 $34,210
Mesa 490 $34,210
Phoenix 490 $34,210
Tucson N/A $32,270
     
Metro Area (Arkansas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Conway 70 $34,830
North Little Rock 70 $34,830
Little Rock 70 $34,830
Hot Springs 30 $26,330
     
Metro Area (California) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Los Angeles 890 $41,460
Long Beach 890 $41,460
Anaheim 890 $41,460
Riverside 200 $33,620
San Bernardino 200 $33,620
Ontario 200 $33,620
Sacramento 190 $42,550
Roseville 190 $42,550
Arcade 190 $42,550
Arden 190 $42,550
Carlsbad 160 $34,830
San Diego 160 $34,830
Hayward 130 $36,370
Oakland 130 $36,370
San Francisco 130 $36,370
Fresno 70 $28,100
San Jose 60 $24,830
Santa Clara 60 $24,830
Sunnyvale 60 $24,830
Santa Rosa 30 $42,630
Redding N/A $26,030
Santa Barbara N/A $26,490
Santa Maria N/A $26,490
     
Metro Area (Colorado) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Lakewood 230 $40,580
Aurora 230 $40,580
Denver 230 $40,580
Colorado Springs 90 $36,340
Grand Junction 30 $26,080
Fort Collins N/A $36,370
     
Metro Area (Connecticut) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
East Hartford 440 $49,680
West Hartford 440 $49,680
Hartford 440 $49,680
Stamford 200 $51,700
Norwalk 200 $51,700
Bridgeport 200 $51,700
New Haven 110 $32,020
     
Metro Area (Florida) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
West Palm Beach 580 $36,320
Fort Lauderdale 580 $36,320
Miami 580 $36,320
Clearwater 370 $34,170
Tampa 370 $34,170
St. Petersburg 370 $34,170
Orlando 310 $33,310
Sanford 310 $33,310
Kissimmee 310 $33,310
Ocala 150 $26,950
Cape Coral 140 $37,400
Fort Myers 140 $37,400
Pensacola 110 $24,580
Ferry Pass 110 $24,580
Brent 110 $24,580
Marco Island 110 $38,520
Immokalee 110 $38,520
Naples 110 $38,520
Winter Haven 90 $27,430
Lakeland 90 $27,430
Tallahassee 60 $31,150
Deltona 60 $35,110
Daytona Beach 60 $35,110
Ormond Beach 60 $35,110
Panama City 50 $26,820
Sarasota 50 $31,620
Bradenton 50 $31,620
North Port 50 $31,620
Sebastian 50 $31,730
Vero Beach 50 $31,730
Punta Gorda 40 $27,570
Port St. Lucie 30 $46,630
Crestview N/A $29,940
Destin N/A $29,940
Fort Walton Beach N/A $29,940
Jacksonville N/A $34,370
Titusville N/A $36,060
Palm Bay N/A $36,060
Melbourne N/A $36,060
Gainesville N/A $56,230
     
Metro Area (Georgia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Atlanta 150 $39,840
Roswell 150 $39,840
Sandy Springs 150 $39,840
Savannah 30 $30,920
Albany 30 $38,100
Brunswick N/A $19,960
     
Metro Area (Hawaii) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Urban Honolulu 60 $43,580
Lahaina N/A $47,540
Wailuku N/A $47,540
Kahului N/A $47,540
     
Metro Area (Idaho) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Boise City N/A $34,660
     
Metro Area (Illinois) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Peoria 40 $34,470
     
Metro Area (Indiana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Anderson 210 $37,090
Carmel 210 $37,090
Indianapolis 210 $37,090
Fort Wayne 70 $28,500
     
Metro Area (Iowa) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
West Des Moines N/A $27,530
Des Moines N/A $27,530
Cedar Rapids N/A $31,340
Ames N/A $31,450
     
Metro Area (Kansas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Wichita N/A $36,700
     
Metro Area (Kentucky) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Fayette 80 $36,540
Lexington 80 $36,540
Bowling Green 40 $28,230
     
Metro Area (Louisiana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Metairie 60 $30,550
New Orleans 60 $30,550
Lafayette 50 $30,990
Baton Rouge N/A $34,290
     
Metro Area (Maine) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
South Portland 120 $34,420
Portland 120 $34,420
Bangor 40 $31,030
     
Metro Area (Maryland) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Towson 270 $35,510
Columbia 270 $35,510
Baltimore 270 $35,510
     
Metro Area (Michigan) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Warren 320 $31,460
Dearborn 320 $31,460
Detroit 320 $31,460
Wyoming 130 $37,360
Grand Rapids 130 $37,360
East Lansing 70 $29,700
Lansing 70 $29,700
Ann Arbor 50 $36,370
     
Metro Area (Mississippi) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Pascagoula 50 $30,450
Biloxi 50 $30,450
Gulfport 50 $30,450
Hattiesburg 30 $32,650
     
Metro Area (Missouri) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Springfield N/A $42,280
     
Metro Area (Nevada) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Paradise 70 $40,770
Henderson 70 $40,770
Las Vegas 70 $40,770
     
Metro Area (New Jersey) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Hammonton 30 $34,080
Atlantic City 30 $34,080
     
Metro Area (New Mexico) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Albuquerque 60 $33,790
     
Metro Area (New York) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Albany 160 $32,940
Troy 160 $32,940
Schenectady 160 $32,940
Cheektowaga 160 $34,070
Niagara Falls 160 $34,070
Buffalo 160 $34,070
Syracuse 140 $30,220
Kingston 50 $36,330
Utica 40 $43,090
Rome 40 $43,090
Rochester N/A $30,090
     
Metro Area (North Carolina) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Raleigh 90 $39,240
Salem 60 $29,630
Winston 60 $29,630
Asheville 30 $31,050
High Point N/A $29,610
Greensboro N/A $29,610
     
Metro Area (North Dakota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Bismarck N/A $23,850
     
Metro Area (Ohio) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Elyria 170 $31,080
Cleveland 170 $31,080
Columbus 160 $31,020
Toledo 150 $24,760
Dayton 110 $32,010
Canton N/A $27,180
Massillon N/A $27,180
Akron N/A $34,710
     
Metro Area (Oklahoma) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Oklahoma City 100 $25,390
Tulsa 70 $46,130
     
Metro Area (Oregon) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Eugene 50 $30,960
     
Metro Area (Pennsylvania) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Pittsburgh 160 $32,470
Erie 60 $28,290
Williamsport 60 $28,460
Lancaster 60 $30,450
     
Metro Area (South Carolina) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Columbia 80 $33,890
Mauldin 60 $30,070
Greenville 60 $30,070
Anderson 60 $30,070
Florence 50 $28,820
Spartanburg 40 $29,380
North Charleston N/A $27,700
Charleston N/A $27,700
Beaufort N/A $42,770
Hilton Head Island N/A $42,770
Bluffton N/A $42,770
     
Metro Area (South Dakota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Sioux Falls 70 $26,390
Rapid City 40 $31,360
     
Metro Area (Tennessee) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Franklin 240 $29,940
Murfreesboro 240 $29,940
Davidson 240 $29,940
Nashville 240 $29,940
Knoxville 130 $30,920
Morristown 30 $26,800
     
Metro Area (Texas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Fort Worth 700 $35,620
Dallas 700 $35,620
Arlington 700 $35,620
Houston 620 $35,170
Sugar Land 620 $35,170
The Woodlands 620 $35,170
New Braunfels 270 $46,200
San Antonio 270 $46,200
Austin 220 $24,190
Round Rock 220 $24,190
Lubbock 120 $23,430
Longview 80 $28,290
Tyler 50 $25,500
Beaumont 50 $30,130
Port Arthur 50 $30,130
Odessa 30 $33,360
San Angelo 30 $33,380
Waco N/A $33,490
     
Metro Area (Utah) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Salt Lake City 80 $33,430
St. George 30 $31,150
Clearfield 30 $34,200
Ogden 30 $34,200
     
Metro Area (Vermont) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
South Burlington 70 $35,630
Burlington 70 $35,630
     
Metro Area (Virginia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Richmond 190 $29,190
Radford 30 $30,680
Christiansburg 30 $30,680
Blacksburg 30 $30,680
Lynchburg N/A $28,610
Charlottesville N/A $40,730
     
Metro Area (Washington) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Yakima 70 $41,650
Seattle N/A $37,670
Bellevue N/A $37,670
Tacoma N/A $37,670
Spokane Valley N/A $37,720
Spokane N/A $37,720
     
Metro Area (West Virginia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Charleston N/A $28,200
     
Metro Area (Wisconsin) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Madison 110 $27,950
Racine 80 $34,710
Green Bay 70 $47,220
Beloit N/A $21,420
Janesville N/A $21,420
West Allis N/A $36,600
Milwaukee N/A $36,600
Waukesha N/A $36,600

Most Popular Industries for :
Small Engine Mechanics

Industries representing at least 1% of total jobs for the occupation.

2016 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov; 2014-24 State Occupational Projections, Projections Central, projectionscentral.com

Industry Jobs Percent Annual Median Salary
Hardware And Garden Stores 12,500 48% $27,900
Amusement Gambling And Recreation 2,130 8% $30,120
Maintenance And Repair 1,980 7% $27,250
Durable Goods Wholesale 1,960 7% $30,190
Auto And Auto Parts Dealers 1,860 7% $28,530
Rental And Lease 1,790 6% $30,350
Office Services And Staffing 1,730 6% $30,650
Government 660 2% $39,620
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