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Outdoor Power Equipment Technician

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

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  • Avg. Salary $56,567.00
  • Avg. Wage $26.02
  • Minimum Education Apprenticeship
  • Outlook N/A
  • In Demand Lower
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

Skills Shortage

Employers that Recruited in the Last 2 Years

33%
33%
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  • Certification Regulated
  • Strength Required Lift over 20 kg
NOC & Interest Codes
The Outdoor Power Equipment Technician is part of the following larger National Occupational Classification (NOC).
Other Small Engine and Equipment Mechanics
NOC code: 7335
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 Dec 14, 2016

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.

In Alberta, the outdoor power equipment technician trade is divided into two 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.
Working Conditions
Updated Dec 14, 2016

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, five 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 about 65 kilograms. The work often is dirty and greasy, and 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 Dec 14, 2016

Outdoor power equipment technicians need the following characteristics:

  • mechanical ability and an interest in all types of machinery and engines, electronics and precision equipment
  • basic computer skills
  • customer relations skills
  • a willingness to work long hours in the busy season
  • the ability to work alone or as part of a team
  • the ability to think logically and keep up to date with changes in technology
  • the ability to work in a standing position for long periods of time
  • the ability to work in awkward, tight or confined spaces.

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

Educational Requirements
Updated Dec 14, 2016

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:

  • have an Alberta high school transcript with at least English Language Arts 10-2, Math 10-3 and Science 10, or equivalent, or a pass mark in all 5 GED tests, or pass an entrance exam.
  • find a suitable employer who is willing to hire and train an apprentice. Most employers prefer to hire high school graduates. 

The term of apprenticeship for the two branches of this trade 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 credit or certification.

Technical training is arranged by Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training and is currently offered at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) in Edmonton.

For more information, visit the Technical Training Centre on the Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training website.

 


Related Education

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

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Northern Alberta Institute of Technology

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Certification Requirements
Updated Dec 14, 2016

This is an Apprenticeship trade. For full details, see the related certification profile

Employment & Advancement
Updated Dec 14, 2016

Outdoor power equipment technicians are employed by private and public sector employers in a number of different industries. For example, they may be employed by equipment distributors, retailers, rental companies, construction companies, landscaping companies, golf courses, parks and recreation departments, forestry companies or equipment manufacturers.

Experienced technicians may move into supervisory or service manager positions, be self-employed or start their own businesses. Alberta certified journeyperson outdoor power equipment technicians who have the supervisory or management skills required by industry may apply for an Achievement in Business Competencies Blue Seal by contacting Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training.

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 in this occupation will be 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 (work opportunities generated by people leaving existing positions)
  • occupational growth (work opportunities resulting from the creation of new positions that never existed before)
  • 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 Dec 14, 2016

Journeyperson wage rates for power equipment technicians vary but generally range from $21 to $28 an hour plus benefits (2014 estimates).

Wage rates for recreational equipment technicians vary but generally range from $18 to $24 an hour plus benefits (2014 estimates).

Other small engine and small equipment repairers
NOC code: 7335

Survey Methodology

Survey Analysis

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Wages* Low (5th percentile) High (95th percentile) Average Median
Starting $15.00 $29.50 $22.16 $22.00
Overall $19.00 $30.61 $26.02 $27.50
Top $19.23 $33.65 $29.47 $32.00

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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.


Industry Information
Health Care & Social Assistance
Finance, Insurance, Real Estate, Leasing
ALBERTA, ALL INDUSTRIES
Information, Culture, Recreation

Skills Shortage

Employers that Recruited in the Last 2 Years

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33%

Recruiting Employers that Experienced Hiring Difficulties

38%
38%

Employers with Unfilled Vacancies of over 4 Months

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2015 Vacancy Rate

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Related High School Subjects
  • Trades, Manufacturing and Transportation
    • Mechanics
Related Post-Secondary Field of Study
  • Trades, Industrial and Related Training
Other Sources of Information
Updated Dec 14, 2016

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

For more information on career planning, education and jobs, visit the Alberta Learning Information Service (ALIS) website, call the Alberta Career Information Hotline toll-free at 1-800-661-3753 or 780-422-4266 in Edmonton, or visit an Alberta Works Centre near you.

Updated Mar 31, 2015. 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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