Small Engine Mechanic



OFO No: 653305





Other names for Small Engine Mechanic:

  • Chainsaw Mechanic
  • Garden Machinery Repairer
  • Inboard / Outboard Engine Mechanic
  • Lawnmower Mechanic
  • Outboard Motor Mechanic

What is a Small Engine Mechanic?

Small Engine Mechanics are responsible for the service, maintenance and repairing of small engines.

Examples of engine they may work on:

  • Outboard motors (boats)
  • Motorcycles
  • Chainsaws
  • Lawnmowers and edge trimmers

Some Small Engine Mechanics may be qualified Diesel Mechanics or have a similar qualification.

What does a Small Engine Mechanic do?

  • inspects the motors
  • carries out routine maintenance
  • trouble-shoots
  • uses diagnostic equipment correctly
  • makes sure engine is in good running order
  • cleans brakes, electrical systems, fuel lines, etc
  • replaces old or worn out parts
  • uses tools like: screwdrivers, pliers, wrenches, hoists etc
  • keeps records

Are you … ?

  • good with your hands?
  • mechanically minded?
  • observant?
  • systematic?
  • organised?
  • reliable?

How do I become a Small Engine Mechanic?   


  • Apprenticeship
  • Trade Test


  • Learnership – Automotive Repair and Maintenance (Motorcycles) NQF Level 2, 3 and 4
  • Trade Test


  • Learnership – Mechanical Engineering (Fitting & Machining) (Fitter and Turner) NQF Level 2, 3 and 4
  • Trade Test


  • Learnership – Welding Pratice (All Positions: Mechanical Engineering) NQF Level 2, 3 and 4
  • Trade Test


  • National Certificate: Motor, Diesel and Tractor Mechanics: N1, N2
  • National Certificate: Engineering Studies: N3


  • Artisan Internship
  • Trade Test


  • RPL (Recognised Prior Learning) for Artisans: CLICK HERE
  • If you have already been working a long time as a Small Engine Mechanic without qualifications, you may be able to get your qualification through RPL
  • Trade Test


  • CLICK HERE to check for a training institution near you to see what they offer.
  • Make sure you understand their entry requirements for each course.
  • To avoid scams, make sure your institution is registered with the Department of Higher Education. 
  • CLICK HERE to check accredited Private Higher Education Institutions. 

OTHER CAREERS TO CONSIDER:  Machine Technician … or … Automotive Electrician

Is becoming a Small Engine Mechanic the right career choice for me?