Small Engine Technician

Small Engine Technician Apprenticeship and Certification Act
Unrestricted Trade
Designated Red Seal Trade Trade Code 435A
NOC 7335


  • Small engine technicians repair and service small gasoline and diesel powered equipment such as garden tractors, lawn mowers and other related equipment
  • Review work orders and discuss work to be performed with supervisor
  • Determine estimates of repair cost
  • Set up and operate small-power equipment
  • Inspect and test small engines and other mechanical components using test devices to diagnose and isolate faults
  • Adjust, repair or replace mechanical or electrical system parts and components using hand tools and equipment
  • Perform scheduled maintenance service on equipment
  • Maintain and repair engines and engine components
  • Test and adjust repaired equipment for proper performance
  • Advise customers on work performed and general condition of equipment

Personal Qualities

  • You enjoy working both indoors and outdoors
  • You enjoy working to close and exacting tolerances
  • You have the stamina to be on your feet for long periods of time and must bend down and crouch frequently
  • You like to study and keep up with changing technology
  • You will make a significant investment in tools
  • You like working with computerized equipment
  • You like working with small engines

Career Opportunities

  • Small engine technicians are employed by dealer service shops and by independent service establishments
  • Some small engine technicians own their own business

Educational/Training Requirements

  • The minimum entry for apprenticeship is Grade 12
  • Completion of a 4,520 hour apprenticeship program is required
  • If you have completed 5,000 hours of on the job experience/training but have not completed the apprenticeship program you may be eligible to challenge the Certificate of Qualification

Training Availability

Regional OYAP Training

Durham College – Whitby Campus

Apprenticeship Training

Durham College – Whitby Campus
1610 Champlain Avenue
Whitby ON L1N 6A7

Fleming College
599 Brealey Drive
Peterborough ON K9J 4B1