Trades & Services

Light Engine Mechanic

Light engine mechanics inspect, service, and repair motorised power equipment, such as motorcycles, motorboats, or outdoor power equipment.

  • Entry-level education

    Apprenticeship or traineeship

  • Job outlook

    1 2 3 4 5

What does a Light Engine Mechanic do?

Light vehicle mechanics inspect, service, and repair motorized power equipment. Mechanics often specialize in one type of equipment, such as motorcycles, motorboats, or outdoor power equipment.


Work activities

Light vehicle mechanics typically do the following:

  • discuss equipment issues, maintenance plans, and work to be done with customers
  • perform routine engine maintenance, such as lubricating parts and replacing spark plugs
  • test and inspect engines for malfunctioning parts
  • repair or replace worn, defective, or broken parts
  • reassemble and reinstall components and engines following repairs
  • keep records of inspections, test results, work performed, and parts used.

Key skills and interests

To become a light engine mechanic, you would need:

  • good technical and practical skills
  • to enjoy working with your hands
  • strong attention to detail
  • problem-solving skills
  • to be able to read technical manuals and wiring diagrams
  • good physical fitness and eyesight.



Working hours and conditions

Working Hours

You would usually work full time during regular business hours. You may need to work on weekends as part of a roster system, as the workshop is likely to be open on weekends to suit the needs of customers.


Light engine mechanics generally work in repair shops or workshops. The work can be dirty and greasy. You may need to wear overalls or other protective clothing. They sometimes make onsite repair calls, particularly if they work on motorboat engines.


How to become an Light Engine Mechanic?

Entry Level Education

To become a light engine mechanic you usually have to complete an apprenticeship or traineeship in Marine Mechanical Technology or Outdoor Power Equipment Technology. Employers generally require junior secondary school certificate or equivalent.


Job outlook

  • 1 2 3 4 5

Employment of light engine mechanics is projected to about as fast as the average for all occupations.

With smaller products, such as power tools, customers may decide to purchase a new product rather than to fix the engine. Light vehicle mechanics with formal training should have better job opportunities.


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