Other Small Engine and Small Equipment Repairers

(NOC 7335)

in All Trades and Transportation

Workers in this group test, repair and service small gasoline and diesel-powered engines and equipment, such as garden tractors, lawn mowers and other related equipment. They are employed by dealer service shops and by independent service establishments.

Job Outlook

Average

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  • Estimate Weak growth employment change, 2017-2019
  • Estimate 20 openings due to growth and retirements, 2017-2019
  • Estimate Moderate rate of unemployment in 2016

Compared to: All Trades and Transportation

  • Estimate Decline slightly employment change, 2017-2019
  • Estimate 3400 openings due to growth and retirements, 2017-2019
  • Estimate High rate of unemployment in 2016

The employment outlook over the next few years for this occupational group is “average”, which indicates the chances of a qualified individual finding work is comparable to the average for all occupations in Nova Scotia. This is not a large occupation in Nova Scotia so job opportunities may not be that frequent. The number employed in this occupation is expected to grow slightly over the next few years, which should provide some additional opportunities for employment. With a large percent of workers being 55 years of age and older, retirements are expected to be a key contributor to employment opportunities over the coming years. Other Small Engine and Small Equipment Repairers most commonly work full-time hours. Furthermore, the jobs are typically permanent positions.

The median employment income for 55% of Other Small Engine and Small Equipment Repairers who worked full-time, year-round in 2015 was $37,761. Across all occupations in Nova Scotia, 59% of those who worked full-time year round had a median employment income of $43,600.
(Source: 2016 Census)

Hourly Pay

N/A

Minimum

N/A

Median

N/A

Maximum

Annual Pay

N/A

Minimum

$30,752

Median

N/A

Maximum

Compared to: All Trades and Transportation

Hourly Pay

$13.00

Minimum

$20.35

Median

$34.00

Maximum

Annual Pay

$7,580

Minimum

$37,269

Median

$79,787

Maximum

About the job

Nature of work

Workers in this group test, repair and service small gasoline and diesel-powered engines and equipment, such as garden tractors, lawn mowers and other related equipment. They are employed by dealer service shops and by independent service establishments.

Job duties

Workers in this group perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Review work orders and discuss work to be performed with supervisor.
  • Inspect and test engines and other mechanical components using test devices to diagnose and isolate faults.
  • Adjust, repair or replace mechanical or electrical system parts and components using hand tools and equipment.
  • Test and adjust repaired equipment for proper performance.
  • Perform scheduled maintenance service on equipment.
  • Advise customers on work performed and general condition of equipment.
  • Determine estimates of repair cost.

Sample job titles

  • lawn and garden equipment technician
  • outdoor power equipment technician
  • small engine and equipment mechanic
  • small engine mechanic
  • small engine repairer
  • small engine technician
  • small equipment repairer

Skills

This work requires a mechanical aptitude. You should be able to follow instructions and perform detailed work. Patience and the ability to be methodical are required when testing motors and equipment. Analytical skills are required to determine what is causing equipment to malfunction and decide on the necessary repairs. A background in high school mathematics and the sciences is helpful. You should also have good motor coordination, physical strength, and stamina.

Job requirements

  • Completion of high school is usually required.
  • Completion of a three- to four-year apprenticeship program in small engine or equipment repair or a combination of several years of work experience in the trade and some high school or college courses in small engine or equipment repair are usually required for trade certification.

Other considerations

Workers may be self-employed and provide services as needed to their clients. Therefore, earnings may vary throughout the year and depend upon the person's ability to attract and retain customers. Progression to supervisory positions is possible with experience.

By the numbers

Quick look

130

employed in 2016

93.5%

employed full-time

26.9%

self employed

5.4%
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94.6%
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52.4

median age

Compared to: All Trades and Transportation

57,925

employed in 2016

88.8%

employed full-time

12.7%

self employed

5.3%
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94.7%
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46.8

median age

Where will I likely work?

37.8%

Halifax

16.2%

Southern

16.2%

Cape Breton

13.5%

Northern

10.8%

Annapolis Valley

Compared to: All NS Occupations

47.0%

Halifax

15.6%

Northern

12.9%

Annapolis Valley

12.7%

Cape Breton

11.8%

Southern

Top Industries of Employment

44.8%

Other Services

10.3%

Wholesale Trade

10.3%

Public Administration

6.9%

Educational Services

6.9%

Information, Culture & Recreation

What is the age of Employment?

36.8%

45-54

21.1%

35-44

21.1%

25-34

10.5%

55-64

10.5%

15-24

Compared to: All Trades and Transportation

34.1%

45-54

33.0%

35-44

18.7%

55-64

13.2%

25-34

Top levels of education

43.8%

Trades certificate

$46,911 median annual income
28.1%

College certificate or diploma

$40,560 median annual income
15.6%

Less than high school

N/A
12.5%

High school

$38,501 median annual income

Compared to: All Trades and Transportation

29.4%

Trades certificate

$40,890 median annual income
25.5%

High school

$28,089 median annual income
22.6%

College certificate or diploma

$39,023 median annual income
18.2%

Less than high school

$25,753 median annual income
2.7%

Bachelor's degree

$36,972 median annual income

Education & training

Adult high school/secondary diploma programs

This program is typically offered at the high school level.

This instructional program class comprises any program that defines the prescribed requirements, specified by the appropriate jurisdiction, for the completion of and graduation from a secondary school program of academic subject matter offered for adult learners outside of the regular secondary school program. This does not include adult compensatory education programs resulting in completion of a high school equivalency certificate or diploma.

Institutions providing this program

Universite Sainte-Anne

Siège Social: 1695, Route 1

Pointe-de-l'Église, NS B0W 1M0

(902) 769-2114

Nova Scotia Community College - Annapolis Valley Campus

50 Elliott Road

Lawrencetown, NS B0S 1M0

(902) 825-3491

Nova Scotia Community College - Cumberland Campus

PO Box 550, 1 Main Street

Springhill, NS B0M 1X0

(902) 597-3737

Nova Scotia Community College - Akerley Campus

21 Woodlawn Road

Dartmouth, NS B2W 2R7

(902) 491-4900

Nova Scotia Community College - Burridge Campus

372 Pleasant Street

Yarmouth, NS B5A 2L2

(902) 742-3501

Nova Scotia Community College - Kingstec Campus

236 Belcher Street

Kentville, NS B4N 0A6

(902) 678-7341

Nova Scotia Community College - Lunenburg Campus

75 High Street

Bridgewater, NS B4V 1V8

(902) 543-4608

Nova Scotia Community College - Institute of Technology Campus

5685 Leeds Street

Halifax, NS B3K 2T3

(902) 491-6722

Nova Scotia Community College - Pictou Campus & School of Fisheries

PO Box 820, 39 Acadia Avenue

Stellarton, NS B0K 1S0

(902) 752-2002

Nova Scotia Community College - Shelburne Campus

PO Box 760, 1575 Lake Road

Shelburne, NS B0T 1W0

(902) 875-8640

Nova Scotia Community College - Strait Area Campus & Nautical Institute

226 Reeves Street

Port Hawkesbury, NS B9A 2A2

(902) 625-2380

Nova Scotia Community College - Marconi Campus

PO Box 1042, 1240 Grand Lake Road

Sydney, NS B1P 6J7

(902) 563-2450

Nova Scotia Community College - Truro Campus

36 Arthur Street

Truro, NS B2N 1X5

(902) 893-5385

Electrical/electronics equipment installation and repair - General

This program is typically offered at the trades/college level.

This instructional program class comprises any program that generally prepares individuals to apply technical knowledge and skills to operate, maintain, and repair electrical and electronic equipment. These programs include courses in electrical circuitry, simple gearing, linkages and lubrication of machines and appliances, and the use of testing equipment.

Institutions providing this program

Apprenticeship Training

Department of Labour and Advanced Education 2021 Brunswick Street, PO Box 578

Halifax, NS B3J 2S9

(800) 494-5651

Electrical/electronics maintenance and repair technology - Other

This program is typically offered at the trades/college level.

This instructional program class comprises any program not listed above that relates to Electrical/Electronics Maintenance and Repair Technology.

Institutions providing this program

Apprenticeship Training

Department of Labour and Advanced Education 2021 Brunswick Street, PO Box 578

Halifax, NS B3J 2S9

(800) 494-5651

Employment requirements & contacts

No regulating bodies were found under this occupation profile

Contacts

Electro-Federation Canada - Atlantic
,
Tel: (902) 497-1084

Additional resources

There are no additional resources for this occupation.

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