Outdoor Power and Recreational Equipment mechanicscarry out diagnosis, make repairs and scheduled maintenance on a large variety of vehicles and small powered equipment including, but not limited to, All Terrain Vehicles (ATV), Motorcycles, Snowmobiles, Generators, Pumps, Lawn Mowers, Lawn Tractors, Small Engine units and other motor vehicles using a large variety of electronic, mechanical testing equipment and tools. With the increasing technical advances currently being made each year, this process involves the use of many computerized diagnostic tools. An even greater variety of tools is used to complete the work depending on the area of expertise you decide to focus on. Besides diagnosis, repairing damaged and defective vehicles and items, mechanics also conduct routine and scheduled maintenance such as engine tune ups, alignment and running gear adjustments, replacement and balancing of tires, replacing the oil and filters, lubrications, engine and handling improvements. Tuning is also required to increase performance and functionality of the varied products. These repairs and maintenance must be completed to exacting safety standards and customer satisfaction.
With all of the high performance machinery, complex repairs and maintenance necessary, the new technology built into modern outdoor and recreational equipment components, knowledge of electronics is increasingly desirable in a mechanic as this position has developed into a Technician classification through many of these trades.
Traits & Talents
For a career in the Outdoor Power and Recreational Equipment service area, you should have a mechanical aptitude and genuine interest towards engines and knowledge of how vehicles work generally. Effective and political communication with customers to advise them on the condition and repair requirements is an asset. As a mechanic, you also need analytical abilities and problem-solving skills to understand and diagnose malfunctions quickly and accurately.
Mechanics are employed in a large number of sectors of this varied trade. The majority work in dealer-ships and repair shops in the service departments. Most of the work is done indoors; occasional outdoor service calls are required. Harmful materials and odors are controlled by stringent safety regulations.
The work is challenging as each vehicle presents a unique and distinct set of requirements to ensure it is serviced or repaired to the best of the technician's ability.
- Motor Vehicle Mechanic/Technician
- Parts Clerk
- Parts salesperson
- Equipment salesperson
- Heavy Machinery Mechanic