In a typical work setting, small engine mechanics:
- Have a low level of contact with others. They talk to customers on the phone or in person to learn about engine problems, but work alone most of the time.
- Are somewhat responsible for the health and safety of those who use the engines they repair.
- Occasionally must deal with unpleasant or rude customers.
Physical Work Conditions
- Often work indoors. Mechanics may on occasion work outdoors to test engines.
- Regularly are exposed to contaminants.
- Sometimes are exposed to hazardous equipment, situations, and conditions.
- Often wear protective or safety gear.
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- Sometimes are exposed to engine noise that is distracting or uncomfortable.
- Must be exact in their work and be sure all details are done. Errors could result in equipment failure or injuries to equipment owners.
- Must meet daily and weekly repair deadlines.
- Determine most of their daily tasks and goals independently. Work is often dictated by what customers bring to them.
- May work less than 40 hours a week during the winter months. Those who work in northern states and repair snowblowers and snowmobiles may work more in winter.
- May work more than 40 hours a week during the spring or summer, when people use their equipment the most.
- May work evenings or weekends during the summer to finish jobs on time.