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Small Engine Mechanics

ANZSCO ID 321214

Overview

All Motor Mechanics

  • $1,436 Weekly Pay
  • Stable Future Growth

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

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.

You can work as a Small Engine Mechanic without formal qualifications if you are able to demonstrate your technical competency to employers. However, a certificate III in mobile plant technology, outdoor power equipment technology or marine mechanical technology is usually required.

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.

Prospects

Pathways

You can work as a Small Engine Mechanic without formal qualifications if you are able to demonstrate your technical competency to employers. However, a certificate III in mobile plant technology, outdoor power equipment technology or marine mechanical technology is usually required.

Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need. Visit

  • My Skills to compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes.
  • AAPathways website to explore Automotive Retail, Service and Repair and Automotive Manufacturing Sector VET training pathways.

Skills & Knowledge

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

Filter Skills & Knowledge

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

    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.

  6. Sales and marketing

    45% Skill level

    Showing, promoting, and selling including marketing strategy, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.

  7. English language

    45% Skill level

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

  8. Computers and electronics

    44% Skill level

    Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

  9. Mathematics

    41% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  10. Personnel and human resources

    41% Skill level

    Recruiting and training people, managing pay and other entitlements (like sick leave), and negotiating pay and conditions.

  11. Education and training

    40% Skill level

    Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

  12. Chemistry

    38% Skill level

    Chemical composition, structure, and properties. How chemicals are made, used, mixed, and can change.

  13. Physics

    37% Skill level

    The physical laws of matter, motion and energy, and how they interact through space and time.

  14. Economics and accounting

    36% Skill level

    Economics and accounting, the financial markets, banking and checking and reporting of financial data.

  15. Technical design

    35% Skill level

    Design techniques, tools, and principles used to make detailed technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

  16. Public safety and security

    33% Skill level

    Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.

  17. Production and processing

    33% Skill level

    Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.

  18. Transportation

    31% Skill level

    Moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road.

  19. Psychology

    27% Skill level

    Human behaviour; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; assessing and treating disorders.

  20. Communications and media

    24% Skill level

    Media production, communication, and dissemination. Includes written, spoken, and visual media.

Skills

Skills can be improved through training or experience.

  1. Repairing

    52% Skill level

    Fixing machines or systems.

  2. Equipment maintenance

    52% Skill level

    Maintaining equipment and deciding what maintenance will be needed in the future.

  3. Troubleshooting

    52% Skill level

    Figuring out why a machine or system went wrong and working out what to do about it.

  4. Operation monitoring

    48% Skill level

    Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

  5. Quality control analysis

    48% Skill level

    Doing tests and checking products, services, or processes to make sure they are working properly.

  6. Critical thinking

    45% Skill level

    Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.

  7. Operation and control

    43% Skill level

    Controlling equipment or systems.

  8. Active learning

    41% Skill level

    Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.

  9. Complex problem solving

    41% Skill level

    Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.

  10. Coordination with others

    41% Skill level

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  11. Monitoring

    41% Skill level

    Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.

  12. Active listening

    39% Skill level

    Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.

  13. Reading comprehension

    39% Skill level

    Reading work related information.

  14. Judgment and decision making

    37% Skill level

    Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.

  15. Speaking

    37% Skill level

    Talking to others.

  16. Time management

    37% Skill level

    Managing your own and other peoples' time to get work done.

  17. Equipment selection

    36% Skill level

    Deciding on the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.

  18. Social perceptiveness

    36% Skill level

    Understanding why people react the way they do.

  19. Learning strategies

    36% Skill level

    Figuring out the best way to teach or learn something new.

  20. Writing

    36% Skill level

    Writing things for co-workers or customers.

Abilities

Workers use these physical and mental abilities.

  1. Visualization

    54% Skill level

    Imagine how something will look after it is moved around or changed.

  2. Oral expression

    50% Skill level

    Communicate by speaking.

  3. Control precision

    48% Skill level

    Quickly change the controls of a machine, car, truck or boat.

  4. Finger dexterity

    48% Skill level

    Put together small parts with your fingers.

  5. Near vision

    48% Skill level

    See details that are up-close (within a few feet).

  6. Extent flexibility

    48% Skill level

    Bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.

  7. Arm-hand steadiness

    46% Skill level

    Keep your hand or arm steady.

  8. Multilimb coordination

    46% Skill level

    Use your arms and/or legs at the same time while sitting, standing, or lying down.

  9. Oral comprehension

    46% Skill level

    Listen to and understand what people say.

  10. Manual dexterity

    45% Skill level

    Quickly move your hand to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.

  11. Sorting or ordering

    45% Skill level

    Order or arrange things in a pattern or sequence (e.g., numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).

  12. Deductive reasoning

    43% Skill level

    Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.

  13. Problem spotting

    43% Skill level

    Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.

  14. Inductive reasoning

    43% Skill level

    Use lots of detailed information to come up with answers or make general rules.

  15. Categorising

    41% Skill level

    Come up with different ways of grouping things.

  16. Reaction time

    41% Skill level

    Quickly move your hand, finger, or foot when a sound, light, picture or something else appears.

  17. Selective attention

    41% Skill level

    Pay attention to something without being distracted.

  18. Depth perception

    39% Skill level

    Decide which thing is closer or further away from you, or decide how far away it is.

  19. Flexibility of closure

    39% Skill level

    See a pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) hidden in other distracting material.

  20. Hearing sensitivity

    39% Skill level

    Tell the difference between sounds.

Activities

These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.

  1. Handling and moving objects

    81% Skill level

    Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, moving and manipulating objects.

  2. Working with mechanical equipment

    77% Skill level

    Servicing, repairing, adjusting, and testing machines, devices, moving parts, and equipment.

  3. Controlling equipment or machines

    70% Skill level

    Operating machines or processes either directly or using controls (not including computers or vehicles).

  4. Making decisions and solving problems

    68% Skill level

    Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.

  5. Keeping your knowledge up-to-date

    67% Skill level

    Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.

  6. Working with the public

    62% Skill level

    Greeting or serving customers, clients or guests, and public speaking or performing.

  7. Doing physically active work

    58% Skill level

    Use your arms, legs and whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling objects.

  8. Planning and prioritising work

    57% Skill level

    Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.

  9. Checking for errors or defects

    54% Skill level

    Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials for errors, problems or defects.

  10. Researching and investigating

    53% Skill level

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  11. Scheduling work and activities

    51% Skill level

    Working out the timing of events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.

  12. Thinking creatively

    49% Skill level

    Using your own ideas for developing, designing, or creating something new.

  13. Collecting and organising information

    44% Skill level

    Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or checking information or data.

  14. Driving vehicles or equipment

    44% Skill level

    Running, manoeuvring, navigating, or driving things like forklifts, vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.

  15. Providing office support

    42% Skill level

    Doing day-to-day office work such as filing and processing paperwork.

  16. Checking compliance with standards

    40% Skill level

    Deciding whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.

  17. Estimating amounts, costs and resources

    40% Skill level

    Working out sizes, distances, amounts, time, costs, resources, or materials needed for a task.

  18. Looking for changes over time

    39% Skill level

    Comparing objects, actions, or events. Looking for differences between them or changes over time.

  19. Making sense of information and ideas

    37% Skill level

    Looking at, working with, and understanding data or information.

  20. Working with computers

    36% Skill level

    Using computers to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.

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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.

Work Environment

Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.

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Demands

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

  1. Using your hands to handle, control, or feel

    94% Important

    Spend time using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls.

  2. Exposure to contaminants

    90% Important

    Be exposed to pollutants, gases, dust or odours.

  3. Telephone

    89% Important

    Talk on the telephone.

  4. Unstructured work

    86% Important

    Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.

  5. Wear common protective or safety equipment

    86% Important

    Wear equipment like safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets.

  6. Face-to-face discussions

    85% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  7. Dangerous equipment

    84% Important

    Work near dangerous equipment like saws, machinery with open moving parts, or moving traffic.

  8. Loud or uncomfortable sounds

    83% Important

    Be exposed to noises and sounds that are distracting or uncomfortable.

  9. Spend time standing

    83% Important

    Spend time standing at work.

  10. Indoors, heat controlled

    80% Important

    Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.

  11. Freedom to make decisions

    79% Important

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

  12. Time pressure

    77% Important

    Work to strict deadlines.

  13. Being exact or accurate

    77% Important

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

  14. Contact with people

    76% Important

    Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.

  15. Contact with the public

    75% Important

    Work with customers or the public.

  16. Frequent decision making

    74% Important

    Frequently make decisions that impact other people.

  17. Bending or twisting your body

    70% Important

    Spend time bending or twisting your body.

  18. Impact of decisions

    66% Important

    Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.

  19. Making repetitive motions

    65% Important

    Spend time making repetitive motions.

  20. Dangerous conditions

    63% Important

    Work near dangers like high voltage electricity, flammable material, explosives or chemicals.

Values

Work values are important to a person’s feeling of satisfaction. All six values are shown below.

  1. Independence

    67% Important

    Work alone and make decisions. Workers are able to try out their own ideas, make decisions on their own, and work with little or no supervision.

  2. Support

    67% Important

    Supportive management that stands behind employees. Workers are treated fairly by their company, they are supported by management, and have supervisors who train them well.

  3. Working conditions

    52% Important

    Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.

  4. Achievement

    48% Important

    Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.

  5. Relationships

    48% Important

    Serve and work with others. Workers usually get along well with each other, do things to help other people, and are rarely pressured to do things that go against their sense of right and wrong.

  6. Recognition

    38% Important

    Advancement and the potential to lead. Workers are recognised for the work that they do, they may give directions and instructions to others, and they are looked up to in their company and their community.

Interests

Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.

  1. Practical

    100% Important

    Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants and animals, or materials like wood, tools, and machinery.

  2. Administrative

    48% Important

    Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.

  3. Enterprising

    43% Important

    Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.

  4. Analytical

    29% Important

    Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.

  5. Helping

    24% Important

    Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.

  6. Creative

    14% Important

    Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.

Occupational Information Network
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.

All Motor Mechanics

  • $1,436 Weekly Pay
  • Stable Future Growth

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

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.

You can work as a Small Engine Mechanic without formal qualifications if you are able to demonstrate your technical competency to employers. However, a certificate III in mobile plant technology, outdoor power equipment technology or marine mechanical technology is usually required.

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.

You can work as a Small Engine Mechanic without formal qualifications if you are able to demonstrate your technical competency to employers. However, a certificate III in mobile plant technology, outdoor power equipment technology or marine mechanical technology is usually required.

Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need. Visit

  • My Skills to compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes.
  • AAPathways website to explore Automotive Retail, Service and Repair and Automotive Manufacturing Sector VET training pathways.

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

Filter Skills & Knowledge

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

    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.

  6. Sales and marketing

    45% Skill level

    Showing, promoting, and selling including marketing strategy, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.

  7. English language

    45% Skill level

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

  8. Computers and electronics

    44% Skill level

    Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

  9. Mathematics

    41% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  10. Personnel and human resources

    41% Skill level

    Recruiting and training people, managing pay and other entitlements (like sick leave), and negotiating pay and conditions.

  11. Education and training

    40% Skill level

    Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

  12. Chemistry

    38% Skill level

    Chemical composition, structure, and properties. How chemicals are made, used, mixed, and can change.

  13. Physics

    37% Skill level

    The physical laws of matter, motion and energy, and how they interact through space and time.

  14. Economics and accounting

    36% Skill level

    Economics and accounting, the financial markets, banking and checking and reporting of financial data.

  15. Technical design

    35% Skill level

    Design techniques, tools, and principles used to make detailed technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

  16. Public safety and security

    33% Skill level

    Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.

  17. Production and processing

    33% Skill level

    Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.

  18. Transportation

    31% Skill level

    Moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road.

  19. Psychology

    27% Skill level

    Human behaviour; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; assessing and treating disorders.

  20. Communications and media

    24% Skill level

    Media production, communication, and dissemination. Includes written, spoken, and visual media.

Skills

Skills can be improved through training or experience.

  1. Repairing

    52% Skill level

    Fixing machines or systems.

  2. Equipment maintenance

    52% Skill level

    Maintaining equipment and deciding what maintenance will be needed in the future.

  3. Troubleshooting

    52% Skill level

    Figuring out why a machine or system went wrong and working out what to do about it.

  4. Operation monitoring

    48% Skill level

    Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

  5. Quality control analysis

    48% Skill level

    Doing tests and checking products, services, or processes to make sure they are working properly.

  6. Critical thinking

    45% Skill level

    Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.

  7. Operation and control

    43% Skill level

    Controlling equipment or systems.

  8. Active learning

    41% Skill level

    Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.

  9. Complex problem solving

    41% Skill level

    Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.

  10. Coordination with others

    41% Skill level

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  11. Monitoring

    41% Skill level

    Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.

  12. Active listening

    39% Skill level

    Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.

  13. Reading comprehension

    39% Skill level

    Reading work related information.

  14. Judgment and decision making

    37% Skill level

    Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.

  15. Speaking

    37% Skill level

    Talking to others.

  16. Time management

    37% Skill level

    Managing your own and other peoples' time to get work done.

  17. Equipment selection

    36% Skill level

    Deciding on the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.

  18. Social perceptiveness

    36% Skill level

    Understanding why people react the way they do.

  19. Learning strategies

    36% Skill level

    Figuring out the best way to teach or learn something new.

  20. Writing

    36% Skill level

    Writing things for co-workers or customers.

Abilities

Workers use these physical and mental abilities.

  1. Visualization

    54% Skill level

    Imagine how something will look after it is moved around or changed.

  2. Oral expression

    50% Skill level

    Communicate by speaking.

  3. Control precision

    48% Skill level

    Quickly change the controls of a machine, car, truck or boat.

  4. Finger dexterity

    48% Skill level

    Put together small parts with your fingers.

  5. Near vision

    48% Skill level

    See details that are up-close (within a few feet).

  6. Extent flexibility

    48% Skill level

    Bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.

  7. Arm-hand steadiness

    46% Skill level

    Keep your hand or arm steady.

  8. Multilimb coordination

    46% Skill level

    Use your arms and/or legs at the same time while sitting, standing, or lying down.

  9. Oral comprehension

    46% Skill level

    Listen to and understand what people say.

  10. Manual dexterity

    45% Skill level

    Quickly move your hand to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.

  11. Sorting or ordering

    45% Skill level

    Order or arrange things in a pattern or sequence (e.g., numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).

  12. Deductive reasoning

    43% Skill level

    Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.

  13. Problem spotting

    43% Skill level

    Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.

  14. Inductive reasoning

    43% Skill level

    Use lots of detailed information to come up with answers or make general rules.

  15. Categorising

    41% Skill level

    Come up with different ways of grouping things.

  16. Reaction time

    41% Skill level

    Quickly move your hand, finger, or foot when a sound, light, picture or something else appears.

  17. Selective attention

    41% Skill level

    Pay attention to something without being distracted.

  18. Depth perception

    39% Skill level

    Decide which thing is closer or further away from you, or decide how far away it is.

  19. Flexibility of closure

    39% Skill level

    See a pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) hidden in other distracting material.

  20. Hearing sensitivity

    39% Skill level

    Tell the difference between sounds.

Activities

These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.

  1. Handling and moving objects

    81% Skill level

    Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, moving and manipulating objects.

  2. Working with mechanical equipment

    77% Skill level

    Servicing, repairing, adjusting, and testing machines, devices, moving parts, and equipment.

  3. Controlling equipment or machines

    70% Skill level

    Operating machines or processes either directly or using controls (not including computers or vehicles).

  4. Making decisions and solving problems

    68% Skill level

    Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.

  5. Keeping your knowledge up-to-date

    67% Skill level

    Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.

  6. Working with the public

    62% Skill level

    Greeting or serving customers, clients or guests, and public speaking or performing.

  7. Doing physically active work

    58% Skill level

    Use your arms, legs and whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling objects.

  8. Planning and prioritising work

    57% Skill level

    Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.

  9. Checking for errors or defects

    54% Skill level

    Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials for errors, problems or defects.

  10. Researching and investigating

    53% Skill level

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  11. Scheduling work and activities

    51% Skill level

    Working out the timing of events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.

  12. Thinking creatively

    49% Skill level

    Using your own ideas for developing, designing, or creating something new.

  13. Collecting and organising information

    44% Skill level

    Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or checking information or data.

  14. Driving vehicles or equipment

    44% Skill level

    Running, manoeuvring, navigating, or driving things like forklifts, vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.

  15. Providing office support

    42% Skill level

    Doing day-to-day office work such as filing and processing paperwork.

  16. Checking compliance with standards

    40% Skill level

    Deciding whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.

  17. Estimating amounts, costs and resources

    40% Skill level

    Working out sizes, distances, amounts, time, costs, resources, or materials needed for a task.

  18. Looking for changes over time

    39% Skill level

    Comparing objects, actions, or events. Looking for differences between them or changes over time.

  19. Making sense of information and ideas

    37% Skill level

    Looking at, working with, and understanding data or information.

  20. Working with computers

    36% Skill level

    Using computers to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.

Occupational Information Network
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.

Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.

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Demands

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

  1. Using your hands to handle, control, or feel

    94% Important

    Spend time using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls.

  2. Exposure to contaminants

    90% Important

    Be exposed to pollutants, gases, dust or odours.

  3. Telephone

    89% Important

    Talk on the telephone.

  4. Unstructured work

    86% Important

    Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.

  5. Wear common protective or safety equipment

    86% Important

    Wear equipment like safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets.

  6. Face-to-face discussions

    85% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  7. Dangerous equipment

    84% Important

    Work near dangerous equipment like saws, machinery with open moving parts, or moving traffic.

  8. Loud or uncomfortable sounds

    83% Important

    Be exposed to noises and sounds that are distracting or uncomfortable.

  9. Spend time standing

    83% Important

    Spend time standing at work.

  10. Indoors, heat controlled

    80% Important

    Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.

  11. Freedom to make decisions

    79% Important

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

  12. Time pressure

    77% Important

    Work to strict deadlines.

  13. Being exact or accurate

    77% Important

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

  14. Contact with people

    76% Important

    Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.

  15. Contact with the public

    75% Important

    Work with customers or the public.

  16. Frequent decision making

    74% Important

    Frequently make decisions that impact other people.

  17. Bending or twisting your body

    70% Important

    Spend time bending or twisting your body.

  18. Impact of decisions

    66% Important

    Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.

  19. Making repetitive motions

    65% Important

    Spend time making repetitive motions.

  20. Dangerous conditions

    63% Important

    Work near dangers like high voltage electricity, flammable material, explosives or chemicals.

Values

Work values are important to a person’s feeling of satisfaction. All six values are shown below.

  1. Independence

    67% Important

    Work alone and make decisions. Workers are able to try out their own ideas, make decisions on their own, and work with little or no supervision.

  2. Support

    67% Important

    Supportive management that stands behind employees. Workers are treated fairly by their company, they are supported by management, and have supervisors who train them well.

  3. Working conditions

    52% Important

    Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.

  4. Achievement

    48% Important

    Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.

  5. Relationships

    48% Important

    Serve and work with others. Workers usually get along well with each other, do things to help other people, and are rarely pressured to do things that go against their sense of right and wrong.

  6. Recognition

    38% Important

    Advancement and the potential to lead. Workers are recognised for the work that they do, they may give directions and instructions to others, and they are looked up to in their company and their community.

Interests

Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.

  1. Practical

    100% Important

    Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants and animals, or materials like wood, tools, and machinery.

  2. Administrative

    48% Important

    Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.

  3. Enterprising

    43% Important

    Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.

  4. Analytical

    29% Important

    Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.

  5. Helping

    24% Important

    Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.

  6. Creative

    14% Important

    Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.

Occupational Information Network
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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