What types of small engines will I learn to repair in this course?
Penn Foster's online Small Engine Repair Program prepares students to repair typical two-stroke and four-stroke engines, outboard engines, and marine engines.
Why become a small engine mechanic?
Small engine mechanics play a vital role in servicing and repairing outdoor equipment such as lawn mowers and leaf-blowers. Mechanics who work on outdoor power equipment and other small engines will continue to be in-demand because of the widespread use of these engines in gardening, tree work, landscape construction, and similar activities. The average national salary for small engine mechanics was $44,080 in 2022, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.*
How long does it take to become a small engine mechanic?
Depending on your education and experience, it can take up to a year to become a small engine mechanic. While postsecondary education isn't required and many shops and businesses will provide some on-the-job training, job prospects are best for those who have completed training programs, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
What qualities make a good mechanic?
Good small engine mechanics are detail-oriented, have strong troubleshooting and mechanical skills, and are able to work in a variety of environments. They should also have a strong understanding of customer service and organizational skills. Many skills can be developed through training in our online Small Engine Repair Program, including how to start your own repair business.