Train to Become a Small Engine Mechanic​

In Penn Foster Career School's Small Engine Repair classes, you'll learn how to troubleshoot and repair small gasoline engines with hands-on exercises and tools, as well as disassemble and rebuild all types of small engines, including two-stroke, four-stroke, outboard, and riding mower engines. Our career diploma program provides you with tools to help you prepare for the Outdoor Power Equipment Association (OPE) national certification test.

Prepare for the Outdoor Power Equipment (OPE) Certification

Outdoor Power Equipment Association (OPE) offers a voluntary national small engine repair certification test. The only way to become OPE-certified is to successfully complete their certification exam. Penn Foster Career School's Small Engine Repair program includes the OPE Certification Exam Prep Book to help you prepare for the examination.
Prepare for the Outdoor Power Equipment (OPE) Certification
Why Choose Penn Foster Career School?
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Curriculum for Success
Curriculum for Success
Get the skills and knowledge you need to help you learn how to become a small engine mechanic.​
Set your goals
Set Your Goals and Pace
Customize your study schedule with progress-tracking and goal-setting tools that keep you moving forward.
Proven Reputation
With 58,000 + graduates in 2019 from our accredited high school, career school, and college, you're in good hands!
Connect with Other Students
Connect in real-time with other Small Engine Repair students as part of the Penn Foster Community.
Why Become a Small Engine Mechanic?
Penn Foster Career School can help you take the first step on your career path as you prepare to seek small engine mechanic jobs or to simply maintain your own equipment. There are opportunities to use your small engine repair skills in a variety of locations, including dealerships, repair shops, hardware and other retail stores, equipment rental agencies, and even your own small engine mechanic business. In 2019, the average annual salary for a small engine mechanic was $37,840.¹
Why Become a Small Engine Mechanic?
Student Experience

A Customized Learning Experience

With mobile-friendly coursework, progress-tracking and goal-setting tools, virtual simulations, and informative videos to help you succeed, the Penn Foster Experience (PFx) is online learning like no other.
Small Engine Repair Class Details
In the Penn Foster Career School Small Engine Repair course, you will study topics such as electrical systems, outdoor power equipment, fuel systems, lawn mowers, cooling systems, and more! This program includes a number of practical exercises that will give you the opportunity to apply your knowledge to real-life examples.
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Snap-on Student Excellence Program
Snap-on Student Excellence Program
Students enrolled in the Small Engine Repair training program are eligible to participate in the Snap-on Student Excellence Program. This program allows students in trades and technology education programs to purchase high-quality Snap-on tools at a preferred student discount.
Fix My Hog Video Resources
Students enrolled in the Online Small Engine Repair Program are eligible for an 80% discount on a one-year subscription of the Fix My Hog online garage full of premium online how-to videos for motorcycle repair. This video resource site can serve as a supplement to your Penn Foster program, but is not required to complete your courses. Learn more about this offer here.
Fix My Hog

Important State Requirements: Be sure to check here for the requirements in your state.

With flexible, affordable payment options, you can get started on your Small Engine Repair training online today.
  • It feels awesome to be a Penn Foster graduate. I get a lot of questions at work on how I ended up where I am. People will stop me when I am training crews or helping out in the field and ask where I learned that. I'm always happy to tell them Penn Foster.
    Erin D.
    Small Engine Repair Graduate
  • Penn Foster gave me the knowledge that I needed to do my job better faster and more productive.
    Luther B.
    Small Engine Repair Graduate
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¹ Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Small Engine Mechanics, on the Internet here (visited June 20, 2020). Statements found in the United States Department of Labor Occupational Outlook Handbook are not a guarantee of any post-graduation salary, in part because the data used to create the Occupational Outlook Handbook includes workers from differing educational backgrounds, levels of experience, and geographic areas of the country.