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Lawnmower Repairers - Preparation

To work as a small engine mechanic, you typically need to:

  • have a high school diploma or equivalent; and
  • complete moderate-term, on-the-job training.

Education after high school

Some small engine mechanics learn their skills through formal training programs. Professional-technical schools and two-year colleges offer the programs. Most programs offer a combination of class instruction and hands-on practice. Programs last from six months to two years. Two-year programs usually grant an associate degree. Other programs grant a certificate. The number of schools offering these programs is limited.

On-the-job training

Most small engine mechanics get training on the job from experienced mechanics. You begin by working as a helper. As a helper, you perform routine services and make minor repairs. As you get more experience, you work on more complex tasks. During training, you learn to:

  • replace parts;
  • service electrical systems; and
  • overhaul engines.

On-the-job training usually lasts two to three months. It may last longer for those who did not also have formal training.

Source: Illinois Career Information System (CIS) brought to you by Illinois Department of Employment Security.