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.
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.