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 like garden tractors, lawn mowers and other related equipment. They work for dealer service shops and by independent service companies.

Job Outlook

Undetermined

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  • Estimate change in employment not available for this occupation.
  • Estimate openings due to growth and retirements not available for this occupation.
  • Estimate rate of unemployment not available for this occupation.

Compared to: All Trades and Transportation

  • Estimate 205 employment change, 2019-2021
  • Estimate 4385 openings due to growth and retirements, 2018-2020
  • Estimate rate of unemployment not available for these occupation.

This is not a large occupation in Nova Scotia so job opportunities may not be that frequent. 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 Mechanics most commonly work full-time hours. Also, a fair portion of the workforce is self-employed, so having the option to "work for yourself" may appeal to some individuals’ interests/motivations.

The median employment income for 50% of Other Small Engine and Small Equipment Mechanics 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

$12.95

Minimum

$16.00

Median

$24.00

Maximum

Annual Pay

N/A

Minimum

$30,752

Median

N/A

Maximum

Compared to: All Trades and Transportation

Hourly Pay

$13.50

Minimum

$27.25

Median

$35.50

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 like garden tractors, lawn mowers and other related equipment. They work for dealer service shops and by independent service companies.

Job duties

Workers in this group:

  • Review work orders and discuss work to be completed 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

  • High school is usually required.
  • 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

185

employed in 2016

83.3%

employed full-time

27.8%

self employed

5.6%
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94.4%
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52.4

median age

Compared to: All Trades and Transportation

57,925

employed in 2016

85.9%

employed full-time

11.8%

self employed

5.3%
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94.7%
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46.8

median age

Where will I likely work?

40.0%

Halifax

17.1%

Southern

17.1%

Cape Breton

14.3%

North Shore

11.4%

Annapolis Valley

Compared to: All NS Occupations

47.0%

Halifax

15.6%

North Shore

12.9%

Annapolis Valley

12.7%

Cape Breton

11.8%

Southern

Top Industries of Employment

44.8%

Other services (except public administration)

10.3%

Wholesale trade

10.3%

Public administration

6.9%

Educational services

6.9%

Arts, entertainment and recreation

What is the age of Employment?

23.0%

45-54

23.0%

65+

20.0%

35-44

20.0%

55-64

9.0%

25-34

6.0%

15-24

Compared to: All Trades and Transportation

24.4%

45-54

22.1%

55-64

17.7%

35-44

17.7%

25-34

10.9%

15-24

Top levels of education

38.9%

Apprenticeship

$21,549 median annual income
30.6%

College Diploma

$36,590 median annual income
19.4%

Less than high school

N/A
11.1%

High school

N/A

Compared to: All Trades and Transportation

29.2%

Apprenticeship

$46,494 median annual income
25.5%

High school

$31,260 median annual income
22.3%

College Diploma

$42,050 median annual income
18.7%

Less than high school

$28,319 median annual income
2.8%

Bachelor

$30,527 median annual income

Education & training

Adult High School Siploma or Equivalent

High School Program

The Nova Scotia School for Adult Learning (NSSAL) administers, coordinates, and supports the development and delivery of adult education programs through learning partners in Nova Scotia. Our learning partners include the Nova Scotia Community College, Adult High Schools, Université Sainte-Anne, and community-based learning organizations that offer tuition-free programming across the province. NSSAL offers clear, accessible pathways from adult basic education to a high school credential or GED, empowering Nova Scotians to achieve their learning and employment goals.

Institutions providing this program

Universite Sainte-Anne

Pointe-de-l'Église, NS

Nova Scotia Community College - Adult Learning

Various, NS

Adult High Schools

Various, NS

Community Learning Organizations

Various, NS

Electrical/Electronics Equipment Installation and Repair

College or Trades Program

These programs prepare students to apply technical knowledge and skills to operate, maintain, and repair electrical and electronic equipment. They 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

Halifax, NS

Employment requirements & contacts

No regulating bodies were found under this occupation profile

Contacts

Electro-Federation Canada - Atlantic
Toronto, ON

Additional resources

There are no additional resources for this occupation.