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Outdoor Power Equipment and Other Small Engine Mechanics

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Diagnose, adjust, repair, or overhaul small engines used to power lawn mowers, chain saws, recreational sporting equipment and related equipment.

    Work Activities
    • Record repairs made, time spent, and parts used.
    • Test and inspect engines to determine malfunctions, to locate missing and broken parts, and to verify repairs, using diagnostic instruments.
    • Dismantle engines, using hand tools, and examine parts for defects.
    • 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.
    • Repair or replace defective parts such as magnetos, water pumps, gears, pistons, and carburetors, using hand tools.
    • Perform routine maintenance such as cleaning and oiling parts, honing cylinders, and tuning ignition systems.
    • Reassemble engines after repair or maintenance work is complete.
    • Replace motors.
    • Obtain problem descriptions from customers, and prepare cost estimates for repairs.
    • Show customers how to maintain equipment.
    • Remove engines from equipment, and position and bolt engines to repair stands.
    • Sell parts and equipment.
    • Grind, ream, rebore, and re-tap parts to obtain specified clearances, using grinders, lathes, taps, reamers, boring machines, and micrometers.
    Skills
    • Equipment Maintenance

      Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.

    • Repairing

      Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.

    • Troubleshooting

      Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.

    WorkKeys®
    Applied Math
    4
    Workplace Documents
    4
    Graphic Literacy
    4
    Abilities
    • Finger Dexterity

      The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.

    • Arm-Hand Steadiness

      The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.

    • Manual Dexterity

      The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.

    Knowledge
    • Mechanical

      Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

    • Customer and Personal Service

      Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

    • English Language

      Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

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    Pay
    • Ohio Annual Salary $30,470/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage $14.65/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage
    Ohio Employment Trends
    • Currently Employed 1,290
    • Yearly Projected Openings 150
    Typical Education
    Personality
    Realistic: People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They do well at jobs that need:
    • Dependability
    • Attention to Detail
    • Integrity
    • Independence
    • Achievement/Effort
    • Analytical Thinking
    Tools
    • Spark plug tester
    • Sockets
    • Screwdrivers
    • Pullers
    • Compression pressure gauge
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    Tags
    • Bright Outlook occupations will grow rapidly in the next few years, have a large number of openings, or are new and emerging careers.
    • Apprenticeships are available for this occupation. These programs can help you get hands-on experience and build your skills.