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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 2015

Source: 2015 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov.

     
Metro Area (Alabama) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Huntsville 80 $32,260
Mobile 70 $38,750
Anniston 40 $26,190
Jacksonville 40 $26,190
Oxford 40 $26,190
Dothan 40 $28,950
Birmingham N/A $34,420
Hoover N/A $34,420
     
Metro Area (Arizona) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Phoenix 470 $32,480
Scottsdale 470 $32,480
Mesa 470 $32,480
Tucson 110 $30,920
Lake Havasu City 40 $22,750
Kingman 40 $22,750
     
Metro Area (Arkansas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Conway 60 $33,970
North Little Rock 60 $33,970
Little Rock 60 $33,970
Hot Springs 40 $28,290
     
Metro Area (California) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Anaheim 720 $42,210
Long Beach 720 $42,210
Los Angeles 720 $42,210
Roseville 310 $34,290
Arden 310 $34,290
Sacramento 310 $34,290
Arcade 310 $34,290
Riverside 180 $33,470
Ontario 180 $33,470
San Bernardino 180 $33,470
San Diego 150 $34,510
Carlsbad 150 $34,510
Oakland 140 $35,230
Hayward 140 $35,230
San Francisco 140 $35,230
Salinas 50 $34,120
Merced 30 $43,260
Santa Barbara N/A $23,780
Santa Maria N/A $23,780
Redding N/A $25,990
Fresno N/A $35,240
Thousand Oaks N/A $42,530
Oxnard N/A $42,530
Ventura N/A $42,530
Santa Clara N/A $42,810
San Jose N/A $42,810
Sunnyvale N/A $42,810
     
Metro Area (Colorado) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Lakewood 220 $39,440
Aurora 220 $39,440
Denver 220 $39,440
Colorado Springs N/A $35,010
Fort Collins N/A $36,910
     
Metro Area (Connecticut) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Hartford 380 $46,310
East Hartford 380 $46,310
West Hartford 380 $46,310
Stamford 180 $46,780
Bridgeport 180 $46,780
Norwalk 180 $46,780
New Haven 100 $32,040
Danbury N/A $45,130
     
Metro Area (Florida) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
West Palm Beach 580 $35,690
Fort Lauderdale 580 $35,690
Miami 580 $35,690
Tampa 350 $31,420
Clearwater 350 $31,420
St. Petersburg 350 $31,420
Kissimmee 290 $33,150
Sanford 290 $33,150
Orlando 290 $33,150
Ocala 170 $27,690
Fort Myers 170 $33,640
Cape Coral 170 $33,640
Jacksonville 160 $29,580
Brent 120 $23,780
Ferry Pass 120 $23,780
Pensacola 120 $23,780
Winter Haven 110 $26,910
Lakeland 110 $26,910
Immokalee 90 $39,700
Naples 90 $39,700
Marco Island 90 $39,700
Melbourne 80 $31,860
Palm Bay 80 $31,860
Titusville 80 $31,860
Deltona 60 $33,010
Ormond Beach 60 $33,010
Daytona Beach 60 $33,010
Port St. Lucie 60 $34,550
Vero Beach 50 $28,920
Sebastian 50 $28,920
Tallahassee 50 $30,110
Panama City 40 $29,010
Sarasota 40 $34,420
North Port 40 $34,420
Bradenton 40 $34,420
     
Metro Area (Georgia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Roswell 410 $28,040
Sandy Springs 410 $28,040
Atlanta 410 $28,040
Brunswick N/A $19,190
     
Metro Area (Hawaii) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Lahaina 40 $47,250
Wailuku 40 $47,250
Kahului 40 $47,250
Urban Honolulu 40 $52,160
     
Metro Area (Idaho) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Boise City 90 $38,380
     
Metro Area (Illinois) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Peoria N/A $30,830
     
Metro Area (Indiana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Anderson 150 $40,230
Carmel 150 $40,230
Indianapolis 150 $40,230
Fort Wayne 60 $26,970
Goshen N/A $23,270
Elkhart N/A $23,270
     
Metro Area (Iowa) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
West Des Moines N/A $27,210
Des Moines N/A $27,210
Ames N/A $28,990
Iowa City N/A $30,530
     
Metro Area (Kentucky) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Fayette 70 $35,230
Lexington 70 $35,230
Bowling Green 30 $33,760
     
Metro Area (Louisiana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Metairie 50 $33,930
New Orleans 50 $33,930
Baton Rouge 50 $43,320
     
Metro Area (Maine) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
South Portland 80 $35,880
Portland 80 $35,880
     
Metro Area (Maryland) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Towson 240 $34,600
Columbia 240 $34,600
Baltimore 240 $34,600
     
Metro Area (Michigan) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Dearborn 250 $30,640
Warren 250 $30,640
Detroit 250 $30,640
Wyoming 120 $35,380
Grand Rapids 120 $35,380
East Lansing 70 $29,030
Lansing 70 $29,030
Flint 50 $26,910
     
Metro Area (Mississippi) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Pascagoula 60 $28,510
Biloxi 60 $28,510
Gulfport 60 $28,510
Jackson N/A $31,540
     
Metro Area (Missouri) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Jefferson City 30 $30,120
Springfield N/A $33,970
     
Metro Area (Nevada) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Paradise 60 $35,450
Henderson 60 $35,450
Las Vegas 60 $35,450
     
Metro Area (New Jersey) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Trenton 30 $29,550
     
Metro Area (New Mexico) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Albuquerque 60 $32,550
     
Metro Area (New York) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Niagara Falls 160 $40,120
Buffalo 160 $40,120
Cheektowaga 160 $40,120
Troy 110 $33,870
Schenectady 110 $33,870
Albany 110 $33,870
Kingston 50 $36,200
Binghamton 40 $34,460
Syracuse N/A $28,380
Rochester N/A $42,460
     
Metro Area (North Carolina) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Raleigh 100 $34,680
Durham 40 $39,160
Chapel Hill 40 $39,160
Asheville N/A $28,280
High Point N/A $31,890
Greensboro N/A $31,890
Salem N/A $32,180
Winston N/A $32,180
Wilmington N/A $39,510
     
Metro Area (North Dakota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Bismarck 40 N/A
     
Metro Area (Ohio) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Columbus 250 $27,720
Elyria 210 $25,940
Cleveland 210 $25,940
Toledo 200 $24,180
Canton 90 $26,320
Massillon 90 $26,320
Dayton 90 $29,360
Akron N/A $33,250
     
Metro Area (Oklahoma) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Oklahoma City 90 $24,290
Tulsa 40 $31,340
     
Metro Area (Oregon) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Salem 70 $35,430
Eugene 50 $34,680
     
Metro Area (Pennsylvania) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Pittsburgh 170 $31,560
Erie 110 $27,870
Lancaster N/A $27,630
Carlisle N/A $28,460
Harrisburg N/A $28,460
Reading N/A $32,970
     
Metro Area (South Carolina) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Charleston 90 $29,040
North Charleston 90 $29,040
Beaufort 80 $42,650
Hilton Head Island 80 $42,650
Bluffton 80 $42,650
Florence 40 $33,240
Spartanburg N/A $27,120
Columbia N/A $29,810
Anderson N/A $32,180
Mauldin N/A $32,180
Greenville N/A $32,180
     
Metro Area (South Dakota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Sioux Falls 40 $22,040
     
Metro Area (Tennessee) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Murfreesboro 220 $29,710
Franklin 220 $29,710
Davidson 220 $29,710
Nashville 220 $29,710
Knoxville 100 $28,980
Morristown 40 $25,900
Johnson City N/A $23,950
     
Metro Area (Texas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Sugar Land 750 $37,060
The Woodlands 750 $37,060
Houston 750 $37,060
Arlington 580 $35,900
Fort Worth 580 $35,900
Dallas 580 $35,900
New Braunfels 120 $41,200
San Antonio 120 $41,200
Austin 110 $37,240
Round Rock 110 $37,240
Waco 80 $27,210
Tyler 60 $23,920
Longview 60 $27,080
Lubbock N/A $21,410
Port Arthur N/A $27,620
Beaumont N/A $27,620
Corpus Christi N/A $29,830
     
Metro Area (Utah) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Salt Lake City 70 $31,600
Clearfield 50 $29,460
Ogden 50 $29,460
St. George N/A $31,130
     
Metro Area (Vermont) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
South Burlington 60 $36,760
Burlington 60 $36,760
     
Metro Area (Virginia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Richmond 130 $35,330
Lynchburg 100 $28,170
Harrisonburg 40 $29,290
Charlottesville 30 $42,270
     
Metro Area (Washington) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Bellevue 200 $34,290
Tacoma 200 $34,290
Seattle 200 $34,290
Yakima N/A $41,180
     
Metro Area (Wisconsin) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Madison 90 $29,560
Racine 80 $34,910
Fond du Lac 30 $33,960
Beloit N/A $19,820
Janesville N/A $19,820
Appleton N/A $26,060
Waukesha N/A $39,750
Milwaukee N/A $39,750
West Allis N/A $39,750
Green Bay N/A $45,130

Most Popular Industries for :
Small Engine Mechanics

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

Source: 2015 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov.

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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