• Small Engine Repair

    Program Description

    The small engines shop is a pre-vocational program designed to prepare students to move on to regular education programs such as vocational-technical schools, trade schools, an apprentice level program, or entry level on the job training.

    Skills Taught:
    • Maintenance, diagnosis, and repair of various 2 and 4 cycle small engines.

    Emphasis on:
    • Quality of Work
    • Time Management
    • Proper Work Attitude
    • Focus on Task
    • Working Well With Others
    • Following Instructions
    • Following Safety Procedures
    • Organization

    Explore the following systems:
    • Fuel
    • Ignition
    • Mechanical
    • Lubrication
    • Cooling
    • Starting
    • Governor
    • Exhaust

    Employment Opportunities

    Outdoor Power Equipment and Other Small Engine Mechanics
    O*NET-Standard Occupation Classification Code: 49-3053.00

    Job Description:
    Diagnose, adjust, repair, or overhaul small engines used to power lawn mowers, chain saws, and related equipment.

    Sample of reported job titles:
    Mechanic, Service Technician, Small Engine Mechanic, Outdoor Power Equipment Service Technician, Golf Cart Mechanic, Lawnmower Repair Mechanic, Small Engine Technician


    • Repair and maintain gasoline engines used to power equipment such as portable saws, lawn mowers, generators, and compressors.
    • Adjust spark plug gaps, using a feeler gauge.
    • Perform routine maintenance such as cleaning and oiling parts.
    • Record repairs made, time spent, and parts used.
    • Obtain problem descriptions from customers, and prepare cost estimates for repairs.

    • Adjust points, valves, carburetors and distributors using feeler gauges.
    • Reassemble engines after repair or maintenance work is complete.
    • Repair or replace defective parts such as magnetos, water pumps, gears, pistons, and carburetors, using hand tools.
    • Sell parts and equipment.
    • Show customers how to maintain equipment.

    • Perform routine maintenance such as honing cylinders, and tuning ignition systems.
    • Test and inspect engines to determine malfunctions, to locate missing and broken parts, and to verify repairs, using diagnostic instruments. 

    Motorcycle Mechanics
    O*NET-Standard Occupation Classification Code: 49-3052.00

    Job Description:
    Diagnose, adjust, repair, or overhaul motorcycles, scooters, mopeds, dirt bikes, or similar motorized vehicles.

    Sample of reported job titles:
    Motorcycle Technician, Mechanic, Service Technician, Motorcycle Mechanic, All Terrain Vehicle Technician (ATV Technician), Motorcycle Service Technician, Custom Bike Builder, Motorsports Technician, Scooter Mechanic.


    • Listen to engines, examine vehicle frames, or confer with customers to determine nature and extent of malfunction or damage.
    • Dismantle engines and repair or replace defective parts, such as magnetos, carburetors, and generators.
    • Repair or replace other parts, such as headlights, horns, handlebar controls, gasoline and oil tanks, starters, and mufflers.
    • Replace defective parts using hand tools or power tools.

    • Repair and adjust motorcycle subassemblies, such as forks, transmissions, brakes, and drive chains, according to specifications.
    • Connect test panels to engines and measure generator output, ignition timing, and other engine performance indicators.
    • Reassemble and test subassembly units.

    • Remove cylinder heads and grind valves to scrape off carbon and replace defective valves, pistons, cylinders, and rings, using hand and power tools.
    • Disassemble subassembly units and examine condition, movement, or alignment of parts, visually or using gauges.
    • Hammer out dents and bends in frames, weld tears and breaks; then reassemble frames and reinstall engines. 

    Motorboat Mechanics
    O*NET-Standard Occupation Classification Code: 49-3051.00 

    Job Description:
    Repairs and adjusts electrical and mechanical equipment of gasoline or diesel powered inboard or inboard-outboard boat engines.

    Sample of reported job titles:
    Marine Technician, Marine Mechanic, Mechanic, Boat Mechanic, Boat Rigger, Outboard Technician, Outboard Motor Mechanic, Service Technician, Marine Propulsion Technician


    • Mount motors to boats and operate boats at various speeds on waterways to conduct operational tests.
    • Start motors, and monitor performance for signs of malfunctioning such as smoke, excessive vibration, and misfiring.
    • Document inspection and test results, and work performed or to be performed.
    • Idle motors and observe thermometers to determine the effectiveness of cooling systems.
    • Replace parts such as magneto points and spark plugs.

    • Disassemble and inspect motors to locate defective parts, using mechanic’s hand tools and gauges.
    • Set starter locks, and align and repair steering or throttle controls, using gauges, screwdrivers, and wrenches.
    • Adjust carburetor mixtures, electrical point settings, and timing while motors are running in water-filled test tanks.

    • Replace parts such as gears, piston rings and reassemble engines.
    • Repair engine mechanical equipment such as power-tilts, bilge pumps, or power take-offs.
    • Inspect and repair or adjust propellers and propeller shafts. 

    Mobile Heavy Equipment Mechanics
    O*NET-Standard Occupation Classification Code: 49-3042.00 

    Job Description:
    Diagnose, adjust, repair, or overhaul mobile mechanical, hydraulic, and pneumatic equipment, such as cranes, bulldozers, graders, and conveyors, used in construction, logging, and surface mining.

    Sample of reported job titles:
    Field Service Technician, Heavy Equipment Mechanic, Mechanic, Construction Equipment Mechanic, Field Mechanic, Mobile Heavy Equipment Mechanic, Forklift Technician, Heavy Duty Mechanic


    • Clean, lubricate, and perform other routine maintenance work on equipment and vehicles.
    • Schedule maintenance for industrial machines and equipment, and keep equipment service records.
    • Repair and replace damaged or worn parts.
    • Dismantle and reassemble heavy equipment using hoists and hand tools.

    • Operate and inspect machines or heavy equipment to diagnose defects.
    • Test mechanical products and equipment after repair or assembly to ensure proper performance and compliance with manufacturers’ specifications.
    • Examine parts for damage or excessive wear, using micrometers and gauges.

    • Diagnose faults or malfunctions to determine required repairs, using engine diagnostic equipment such as computerized test equipment and calibration devices.
    • Read and understand operating manuals, blueprints, and technical drawings.
    • Overhaul and test machines or equipment to ensure operating efficiency.