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Outdoor Power Equipment Technician

Outdoor power equipment technicians repair, service and maintain small gasoline and diesel powered marine, power, recreational, construction and turf equipment.

  • Avg. Salary $63,051.00
  • Avg. Wage $31.36
  • Minimum Education Apprenticeship
  • Outlook N/A
  • Employed < 1500
  • In Demand High
Also Known As

Garden Equipment Technician, Gasoline Engine Technician, Lawn and Garden Equipment Technician, Marine Equipment Technician, Power Equipment Technician, Recreation Equipment Technician, Service Technician, Small Engine Mechanic, Turf Equipment Technician

NOC Codes

In Canada, the federal government groups and organizes occupations based on a National Occupational Classification (NOC) system. This alis occupation may not reflect the entire NOC group it is part of. Data for the NOC group can apply across multiple occupations.

The NOC system is updated every 5 years to reflect changes in the labour market. Government forms and labour market data may group and refer to an occupation differently, depending on the system used. Here is how this occupation has been classified over time:

  • 2006 NOC: Other Small Engine and Equipment Mechanics (7335) 
  • 2006 NOC-S: Other Small Engine and Equipment Mechanics (H435) 
  • 2011 NOC: Other small engine and small equipment repairers (7335) 
  • 2016 NOC: Other small engine and small equipment repairers (7335) 
Skills Shortage

Employers that Recruited in the Last 2 Years

34%
34%
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  • Certification Provincially Regulated
  • Strength Required Lift over 20 kg
Interest Codes
The Outdoor Power Equipment Technician is part of the following larger National Occupational Classification (NOC).
Other Small Engine and Equipment Mechanics
OBJECTIVE

Interest in precision working to use test devices to diagnose and isolate faults, and to test and adjust repaired equipment for proper performance

METHODICAL

Interest in analyzing information to perform scheduled maintenance service on equipment

innovative

Interest in speaking with supervisor to discuss work to be done and to review work orders

Reading Interest Codes
A Quick Guide

The interest code helps you figure out if you’d like to work in a particular occupation. 
It’s based on the Canadian Work Preference Inventory (CWPI), which measures 5 occupational interests: Directive, Innovative, Methodical, Objective and Social.

Each set of 3 interest codes is listed in order of importance.

A code in capital letters means it’s a strong fit for the occupation.

A code in all lowercase letters means the fit is weaker.

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Duties
Updated Mar 31, 2020

In Alberta, the outdoor power equipment technician trade has the following branches:

  • Power equipment technicians repair, service and maintain small gasoline and diesel powered equipment such as generators, mowers, aerators, golf carts, chain saws and various types of construction equipment.
  • Recreational equipment technicians repair, service and maintain small gasoline and diesel powered equipment such as snowmobiles, recreational multi-wheeled utility vehicles, outboard motors, jet drives in boats and personal watercraft.

In general, outdoor power equipment technicians:

  • Review and interpret work orders and technical manuals
  • Inspect engines, motors and other mechanical components and use test devices to diagnose and isolate faults
  • Adjust, repair or replace mechanical or electrical system parts and components using hand tools and equipment
  • Test and adjust repaired equipment for proper performance
  • Perform scheduled maintenance service on equipment
  • Advise customers on work performed and general condition of equipment
  • Estimate repair costs
Working Conditions
Updated Mar 31, 2020

Working conditions vary.

Power equipment technicians may work indoors in shops or they may travel to make service calls. Hours of work vary from regular hours to long and hectic hours during busy seasons.

Recreational equipment technicians usually work indoors in shops and occasionally outdoors. Most work a 40-hour, 5-day week. However, some evening, weekend or holiday work may be required particularly during the busier months.

Outdoor power equipment technicians may be required to lift and move items that weigh up to 65 kilograms. They must stand for long periods and sometimes work in awkward, tight, or confined spaces. The work often is dirty and greasy, and is noisy when engines are being tested. There is some risk of injury when working with hand and power tools, or with hot engines and sharp edges. Ventilation systems reduce the risk involved in working indoors near exhaust fumes.

  • Strength Required Lift over 20 kg
Skills & Abilities
Updated Mar 31, 2020

Outdoor power equipment technicians need:

  • Mechanical aptitude
  • Logical thinking
  • Basic computer skills
  • Customer relations skills
  • The ability to work alone or in a team
  • An interest in all types of machinery and engines, electronics and precision equipment

They should enjoy doing precise work, solving problems and working with their hands.

Educational Requirements
Updated Mar 31, 2020

To work in Alberta, an outdoor power equipment technician must be ONE of the following:

  • A registered apprentice
  • An Alberta-certified journeyperson
  • Someone who holds a recognized related trade certificate
  • Someone who works for an employer who is satisfied that the worker has the skills and knowledge expected of certified journeyperson
  • Self-employed

To register with Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training, apprentices must find a suitable employer who is willing to hire and train them. They must also meet ONE of the following:

  • Have an Alberta high school transcript with at least English Language Arts 10-2, Math 10-3, and Science 10, or equivalent
  • Have a pass mark in all 5 Canadian General Educational Development (GED) tests

Most employers prefer to hire high school graduates.

The term of apprenticeship for the power equipment technician branch is 3 years (three 12-month periods) that include a minimum of:

  • 1,000 hours of on-the-job training and 6 weeks of technical training in the first year
  • 8 weeks of technical training in the second and third year

The term of apprenticeship for the recreational equipment technician branch is 3 years (three 12-month periods) that include a minimum of:

  • 1,000 hours of on-the-job training and 6 weeks of technical training in the first year
  • 1,000 hours of on-the-job training and 8 weeks of technical training in the second and third year

High school students can earn credits toward apprenticeship training and a high school diploma at the same time through the Registered Apprenticeship Program (RAP).

Applicants who have related training or work experience may be eligible for admission, credit, or certification. Credits may reduce the period of apprenticeship.

Technical training is arranged by Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training. For more information, see the Apprenticeship Training Catalogue.

Outdoor power equipment technicians need to stay up to date with changes in technology.


Related Education

The following schools offer programs or courses that are related to this occupation but are not required to enter the field.

Apprenticeship Trades

Northern Alberta Institute of Technology

For a broad list of programs and courses that may be related to this occupation try searching using keywords.

Certification Requirements
Updated Mar 31, 2020

Those who are certified have good prospects in a variety of career paths.

Outdoor Power Equipment Technician

Outdoor power equipment technicians repair, service and maintain small gasoline and diesel powered marine, power, recreational, construction and turf equipment. For more information, see the Trades and Occupations section of Alberta’s Tradesecrets website.

Legislation

Under Alberta’s Apprenticeship and Industry Training Act [pdf] and Outdoor Power Equipment Technician Trade Regulation [pdf], you do not have to be certified if you are self-employed or work for an employer who is satisfied that you have the skills and knowledge expected of a journeyperson certified by Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training. To learn the trade, you must become a registered apprentice.

What You Need

The term of apprenticeship for each branch of this trade is 3 years (12-month periods). Each year includes a minimum of 1,000 hours of on-the-job training and 6 to 8 weeks of technical training.

Apprentices must find suitable employers who are willing to hire and train apprentices, and successfully complete technical training examinations.

Working in Alberta

Outdoor power equipment technicians trained in other provinces and territories can work in Alberta if they hold a certificate or license recognized by the Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training Board or have the skills and knowledge expected of a journeyperson certified in Alberta. For more information, see the Recognized Trade Certificates page of the Tradesecrets website.

Contact Details

Any of the Apprenticeship and Industry Training Client Service Offices located throughout Alberta. For a list of office locations and telephone numbers, click on “Contact Us” on the home page of the Tradesecrets website (tradesecrets.alberta.ca).

Additional Information

Certified tradespeople who want to build their business skills may obtain an Achievement in Business Competencies (Blue Seal) Certificate from Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training.

Employment & Advancement
Updated Mar 31, 2020

Outdoor power equipment technicians are employed by private and public sector employers in a variety of industries. They may be employed by:

  • Equipment distributors
  • Retailers
  • Rental companies
  • Construction companies
  • Landscaping companies
  • Golf courses
  • Parks and recreation departments
  • Forestry companies
  • Equipment manufacturers

Experienced technicians may move into supervisory or service manager positions, be self-employed or start their own businesses. In the recreational equipment field, technicians may experience seasonal layoffs during the winter months.

Outdoor power equipment technicians are part of the larger 2011 National Occupational Classification 7335: Other Small Engine and Equipment Mechanics. In Alberta, 76% of people employed in this classification work in the following industries:

The employment outlook [pdf] in this occupation is influenced by a wide variety of factors including:

  • Time of year (see above)
  • Trends and events affecting overall employment, especially in the industries listed above
  • Location in Alberta
  • Employment turnover (when people leave existing positions)
  • Occupational growth (when new positions are created)
  • Size of the occupation

Employment turnover is expected to increase as members of the baby boom generation retire over the next few years.

Wage & Salary
Updated Mar 31, 2020

Journeyperson outdoor power equipment technicians wage rates vary, but generally range from $21 to $28 an hour, plus benefits (2020 estimates).

Other small engine and small equipment repairers

Survey Methodology

Survey Analysis

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Wages* Low (5th percentile) High (95th percentile) Average Median
Starting $17.00 $35.00 $25.17 $25.00
Overall $23.83 $38.50 $31.36 $32.00
Top $24.04 $48.00 $37.29 $38.00

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* All wage estimates are hourly except where otherwise indicated. Wages and salaries do not include overtime hours, tips, benefits, profit shares, bonuses (unrelated to production) and other forms of compensation.

B: Good Reliability
Data Reliability Code Definition

Good Reliability, represents a CV of between 6.01% and 15.00% and/or fewer than 30 survey observations and/or if survey observations represent less than 50% of all estimated employment for the occupation.


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Skills Shortage

Employers that Recruited in the Last 2 Years

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Recruiting Employers that Experienced Hiring Difficulties

66%
66%

Employers with Unfilled Vacancies of over 4 Months

9%
9%

Vacancy Rate

4%
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Other Sources of Information
Updated Mar 31, 2020

Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training website: tradesecrets.alberta.ca

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Updated Mar 31, 2020. The information contained in this profile is current as of the dates shown. Salary, employment outlook, and educational program information may change without notice. It is advised that you confirm this information before making any career decisions.

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