Outdoor Power Equipment Mechanics

Manufacturing > Maintenance, Installation & Repair

Projected Growth: Average

Projected Job Openings

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Job Description

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

Common job titles of Outdoor Power Equipment Mechanics include:

Experience and Education

Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is usually needed. For example, a teller would benefit from experience working directly with the public.

  • 48.05% said they needed a High School Diploma.

  • 27.27% said they needed a Some College Courses.

Tasks & Responsibilities

Wondering what Outdoor Power Equipment Mechanics REALLY do throughout a day at work? Perhaps you should know what you’ll be doing all day before pursuing a career. So here are some tasks that Outdoor Power Equipment Mechanics can be found doing during the work day. Hover over each task for information about relevance and importance. Scroll further to find a list of other careers that have similar tasks.

Essential Tasks

    Reassemble engines after repair or maintenance work is complete.

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

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

    Dismantle engines, using hand tools, and examine parts for defects.

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

    Sell parts and equipment.

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

    Repair and maintain gasoline engines used to power equipment such as portable saws, lawn mowers, generators, and compressors.

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

    Record repairs made, time spent, and parts used.

    Show customers how to maintain equipment.

Regular Tasks

    Grind, ream, rebore, and re-tap parts to obtain specified clearances, using grinders, lathes, taps, reamers, boring machines, and micrometers.

    Replace motors.

Occasional Tasks

    Remove engines from equipment, and position and bolt engines to repair stands.

What Tools and Technologies do Outdoor Power Equipment Mechanics use?

The future of work is gonna be… techy🤖. No matter the career path, you’ll have to understand what the experts use to get the job done. Employers want to see practical experience with these tools and technologies. Use these lists to figure out what tools you need to learn and see trends about up and coming tech. Scroll further to find a list of other careers that use similar tools.


Z benders

Work vans

Wireless tachometers

Wire strippers

Wire cutters

Wire crimpers

Vise grip pliers

All Tools

Valve spring compressors

Valve seat cutting tools

Valve refacing tools

Valve guide reamers

Valve grinders

Torx bit sets

Torque wrenches

Torque adapters

Test lights

Temperature guns

Tapered hand files

Taper feeler gauges

T handle hex wrenches

Starter punches

Starter clutch wrenches

Standard socket wrenches

Standard flex socket wrenches

Speed handles

Spark plug wrenches

Spark plug socket wrenches

Spark plug hole taps

Spark plug gauges


Solder guns

Socket wrench extensions

Small jet carburetor screwdrivers

Slot screwdrivers

Seal pullers

Ridge reamers

Power wrenches

Power drill bits

Portable air compressors

Piston ring expanders

Piston ring compressors

Phillips head screwdrivers

Personal computers


Parallel pin punches

Needle nose pliers

Mini hacksaws

Metric socket wrenches

Metric flex socket wrenches

Mechanics’ pick sets

Mechanical fingers

Measuring tapes

Main bearing plug gauges

Magneto bearing pullers

Magnetic pickup tools

Leakdown testers

Inspection mirrors

Inline spark testers

Impact drivers

Impact drills

Ignition testers

Hex sets

Gear pullers

Fuel line removers

Flywheel pullers

Flywheel holders

Fluted screw extractors

Flat tip screw starters

Flat cold chisels

Fixed tip snap ring pliers

Engine hour meters

Digital tachometers

Digital multimeters

Dial calipers

Dial bore gauges

Diagonal cutters

Dead blow hammers

Cylinder hones

Cylinder bore telescoping gauges

Crowfoot wrenches

Crankshaft straighteners

Cotter pin pullers

Computer data input scanners

Compression testing gauges

Combination wrenches

Combination pliers

Coil testers

Charging system testers

Channel lock pliers

Carburetor pressure gauges

Camshaft bearing pullers

Camshaft bearing drivers

Cam bearing plug gauges

Breaker bars

Bearing drivers

Battery terminal cleaners

Ball peen hammers

Automatic center punches

Allen wrench sets

Adjustable gap spark testers


Ideal Computer Systems Ideal OPE

Land & Sea DYNO-MAX


Sale processing software

Smart Equipment Repair

VersaDyne small engine test system

What Skills Do Outdoor Power Equipment Mechanics Need to Have?

Let’s be real… take a look in the mirror! Do you have the what it takes to join the other Outdoor Power Equipment Mechanics? The Skills? The Ability to succeed? If so, and you enjoy using these skills, then this job is for you. If not, GOOD NEWS, you can always pick up a new skill if you’re willing to put in the effort 💪


Equipment Maintenance

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


Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.


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

Operation Monitoring

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

Critical Thinking

Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Equipment Selection

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

Operation and Control

Controlling operations of equipment or systems.

Active Listening

Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

Quality Control Analysis

Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.

Complex Problem Solving

Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.


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Everything Outdoor Power Equipment Mechanics Should Know…

Outdoor Power Equipment Mechanics typically have vast knowledge of the subjects below. Think about this a lot… if you’re not a fan of the subjects, chances are this career isn’t for you. But, there’s plenty of time to learn and continue to learn throughout your career 🎓



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

English Language

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

Engineering and Technology

Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.

Education and Training

Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.


Knowledge of principles and procedures for personnel recruitment, selection, training, compensation and benefits, labor relations and negotiation, and personnel information systems.

Sales and Marketing

Knowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.

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