Small Engine Mechanics maintain, test and repair engines of chainsaws, lawn mowers, garden tractors and other equipment with small engines.

Specialisations: Chainsaw Mechanic, Lawnmower Mechanic, Outboard Motor Mechanic.

Either extensive experience or a certificate III in mobile plant technology, outdoor power equipment technology or marine mechanical technology is needed to work as a Small Engine Mechanic.

Tasks

  • Detects and diagnoses faults in engines and parts.
  • Dismantles and removes engine assemblies, transmissions, steering mechanisms and other components, and checks parts.
  • Repairs and replaces worn and defective parts and reassembles mechanical components, and refers to service manuals as needed.
  • Performs scheduled maintenance services such as oil changes, lubrications and engine tune-ups to achieve smoother running of vehicles and ensure compliance with pollution regulations.
  • Reassembles engines and parts after being repaired.

All Motor Mechanics

  • $1,436 Weekly Pay
  • Stable Future Growth
  • Lower unemployment Unemployment

Small Engine Mechanics

  • 1,700 workers Employment Size
  • Medium skill Skill level rating
  • 82% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 43 hours Average full-time
  • 41 years Average age
  • 1% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Small Engine Mechanics (in their main job) fell over 5 years:
from 2,000 in 2011 to 1,700 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a very small occupation.
  • Location: Small Engine Mechanics work in many parts of Australia. Queensland has a large share of workers.
  • Industries: Most work in Other Services; Retail Trade; and Manufacturing.
  • Full-time: Most work full-time (82%, much higher than the average of 66%).
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 43 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 41 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
  • Gender: 1% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

Employment Outlook

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Main Industries

Main Employing Industries (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
Other Services43.9
Retail Trade34.1
Manufacturing6.2
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services3.1
Other Industries12.7

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StateSmall Engine MechanicsAll Jobs Average
NSW27.831.6
VIC21.325.6
QLD29.420.0
SA4.57.0
WA10.010.8
TAS4.02.0
NT2.01.0
ACT0.91.9

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketSmall Engine MechanicsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-199.3-5.05.0
20-2411.1-9.39.3
25-3418.6-22.922.9
35-4417.2-22.022.0
45-5422.0-21.621.6
55-5910.1-9.09.0
60-647.1-6.06.0
65 and Over4.5-4.24.2

Education Level

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

Source: ABS, ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
Type of QualificationSmall Engine MechanicsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate0.2-10.110.1
Bachelor degree1.5-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma3.2-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV64.0-21.121.1
Year 128.9-18.118.1
Year 115.4-4.84.8
Year 10 and below16.9-12.512.5

Either extensive experience or a certificate III in mobile plant technology, outdoor power equipment technology or marine mechanical technology is needed to work as a Small Engine Mechanic.

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Employers look for Motor Mechanics who are hardworking with a good work ethic, reliable and provide good customer service.

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Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Mechanical

    76% Skill level

    Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

  2. Customer and Personal Service

    52% Skill level

    Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  3. Engineering and Technology

    50% Skill level

    The use engineering science and technology to design and produce goods and services.

  4. Administration and Management

    49% Skill level

    Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.

  5. Clerical

    49% Skill level

    Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.

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The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

  1. Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel

    94% Important

    How much time do you spend using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls?

  2. Exposed to Contaminants

    90% Important

    How often are you exposed to pollutants, gases, dust or odours?

  3. Telephone

    89% Important

    How often do you talk on the telephone?

  4. Structured versus Unstructured Work

    86% Important

    How much freedom do you have to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals?

  5. Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment

    86% Important

    How often do you wear equipment like safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets?

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O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 49-3053.00 - Outdoor Power Equipment and Other Small Engine Mechanics.

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