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Job Category: Outdoor Power Equipment and Other Small Engine Mechanics
 
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Description: Diagnose, adjust, repair, or overhaul small engines used to power lawn mowers, chain saws, and related equipment.
 
Tasks:
  • Repair and maintain gasoline engines used to power equipment such as portable saws, lawn mowers, generators, and compressors.

  • Adjust points, valves, carburetors, distributors, and spark plug gaps, using feeler gauges.

  • Reassemble engines after repair or maintenance work is complete.

  • Record repairs made, time spent, and parts used.

  • Perform routine maintenance such as cleaning and oiling parts, honing cylinders, and tuning ignition systems.

  • Obtain problem descriptions from customers, and prepare cost estimates for repairs.

  • Repair or replace defective parts such as magnetos, water pumps, gears, pistons, and carburetors, using hand tools.

  • Test and inspect engines to determine malfunctions, to locate missing and broken parts, and to verify repairs, using diagnostic instruments.

  • Sell parts and equipment.

  • Show customers how to maintain equipment.

 
Typical Jobs in this Category:
  • Engine Repairer, Production
  • Engine Repairer, Service
  • Gas-Engine Repairer
  • Magneto Repairer
  • Power-Saw Mechanic
  • Small-Engine Mechanic
 
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Wages and Employment Trends (National):
Median Wages (2008): $13.91 hourly; $28,920 annual
Employment (2006): 32,892
Projected Growth (2006 - 2016): 5.51%
Projected Need (2006 - 2016): 8,403
 
Job Zone:
Title: Job Zone Two: Some Preparation Needed
Education: These occupations usually require a high school diploma.
Related Experience: Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is usually needed. For example, a teller would benefit from experience working directly with the public.
Job Training: Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.
Job Zone Examples: These occupations often involve using your knowledge and skills to help others. Examples include sheet metal workers, forest fire fighters, customer service representatives, physical therapist aides, salespersons (retail), and tellers.
SVP Range: (4.0 to < 6.0)
 
Work Activities:
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems - Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.

  • Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment - Servicing, repairing, adjusting, and testing machines, devices, moving parts, and equipment that operate primarily on the basis of mechanical (not electronic) principles.

  • Handling and Moving Objects - Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.

  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge - Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.

  • Getting Information - Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.

  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material - Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.

  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events - Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.

  • Controlling Machines and Processes - Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles).

  • Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment - Running, maneuvering, navigating, or driving vehicles or mechanized equipment, such as forklifts, passenger vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.

  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work - Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.

 
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