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Engine Reconditioner

Apprenticeship Year 10 Preferred

Also known as Automotive Machinist.

Engine reconditioners set up and operate machinery to restore and recondition the machined surfaces of engines and related vehicle components.

Engine reconditioners work in specialised workshops, sometimes concentrating on one aspect of the job.

They wear protective clothing and may use special cleaning fluids.


    Engine reconditioners may perform the following tasks:

  • dismantle, check and inspect engines for wear
  • re-grind camshafts and crankshafts
  • repair and recondition cylinder heads and cylinder blocks
  • check various components using micrometers and dial indicators
  • diagnose reasons for engine failure
  • pressure-test cylinder blocks and cylinder heads
  • install engines in cars, boats, trucks or tractors
  • assemble engines after repair
  • balance tailshafts, crankshafts and flywheels


  • enjoy practical and manual activities
  • mechanical aptitude
  • good eyesight (may be corrected) for precision work
  • able to keep up to date with technological change

Interest Area

Manual/Practical Technical/Engineering


Apprenticeship Year 10 Preferred

To become an engine reconditioner you usually have to complete an apprenticeship in Automotive Engine Reconditioning.

Entry requirements may vary, but employers generally require Year 10.

Additional Information

    In NSW, engine reconditioners must be certified by NSW Fair Trading. To work as an engine reconditioner in the ACT, you must have a motor vehicle repair licence or work under the supervision of a licensed repairer. Contact the ACT Office of Regulatory Services for further information.

    Once you are employed, you may be able to develop, and have recognised, additional skills under the Automotive Industry Retail, Service and Repair Training Package that will expand your career opportunities within this industry.


Engine reconditioners work in automotive engine re-manufacturing companies. They may undertake post-apprenticeship courses in the motor mechanic, automotive, electrical, fitting and turning, and engine management fields. This can lead to specialisations in performance development or specialist modification work. Qualified tradespeople with advanced academic knowledge in production engineering may take up positions as technical officers or technicians and work with design engineers.

Some engine reconditioners complete courses in business management and become owners of their own businesses. Other career options include positions in industry for teachers and trainers, technical sales representatives or field representatives.

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Job Outlook for Engine Reconditioner Auto Skills Australia Motor Traders' Association of NSW Motor Trades Association ACT NSW Fair Trading Office of Regulatory Services (ACT)

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