|Quick Facts: Small Engine Mechanics|
|2014 Median Pay||
$34,130 per year
$16.41 per hour
|Typical Entry-Level Education||See How to Become One|
|Work Experience in a Related Occupation||None|
|On-the-job Training||See How to Become One|
|Number of Jobs, 2014||71,700|
|Job Outlook, 2014-24||4% (Slower than average)|
|Employment Change, 2014-24||3,200|
Small engine mechanics inspect, service, and repair motorized power equipment. Mechanics often specialize in one type of equipment, such as motorcycles, motorboats, or outdoor power equipment.
Small engine mechanics generally work in well-ventilated but noisy repair shops. They sometimes make onsite repair calls, which may require working in poor weather conditions. Although most work full time, seasonal work hours often fluctuate. Workers are often busiest during the spring and summer, when equipment use is the highest.
Small engine mechanics typically enter the occupation with a high school diploma or postsecondary nondegree award and learn their trade through on-the-job training. As motorized power equipment becomes more sophisticated, employers increasingly prefer to hire mechanics who have completed postsecondary education programs.
The median annual wage for small engine mechanics was $34,130 in May 2014.
Employment of small engine mechanics is projected to grow 4 percent from 2014 to 2024, slower than the average for all occupations. Those with formal training should have better job opportunities.
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