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Light Engine Mechanic

Apprenticeship Traineeship Year 10 Preferred

Also known as Light Engine Technician, Outdoor Power Equipment Mechanic, Mechanic and Small Engine Mechanic.

Light engine mechanics test, service and repair small engines and parts in boats and other small engine-powered equipment such as chainsaws, brush-cutters, lawnmowers, pumps and stationary engines.

Light engine mechanics work in workshops and garages.

Protective clothing is usually worn.


    Light engine mechanics may perform the following tasks:

  • problem-solving skills
  • able to read and interpret technical information from service manuals
  • determine mechanical and electrical faults through discussion with users, listening to engines and using specialised testing equipment
  • dismantle faulty engine assemblies, check parts using precision measuring equipment and refer to workshop manuals
  • clean, lubricate and tune engines to ensure they run properly
  • repair damaged or faulty parts by straightening, welding, machining or hand-making new metal parts
  • repair and adjust electrical faults
  • renove small dents in panels, spray paint and do minor trim repairs
  • set up and water-test outboard motors


  • enjoy practical and manual activities
  • able to cope with the physical demands of the job
  • normal eyesight and hearing
  • aptitude for technical activities
  • no skin allergies or reactions to grease, oil or petrol

Interest Area



Lawnmower Mechanic - diagnoses faults and performs necessary repairs on lawnmowers and related equipment.

Outboard Motor Mechanic - diagnoses faults and performs necessary repairs on boat engines.


Apprenticeship Traineeship Year 10 Preferred

To become a light engine mechanic you usually have to complete an apprenticeship or traineeship in Marine Mechanical Technology or Outdoor Power Equipment Technology.

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

Additional Information

    Employees of franchised dealerships usually receive training in the service and repair of machines from their manufacturer.


Light engine mechanics are employed by outboard engine firms, chainsaw dealers and lawnmower repair firms. They may also run their own businesses. Career opportunities include field service, supervision, sales, management and teaching.

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