Motorcycle, marine and small engine mechanics maintain and repair engines of motorcycles, motorboats and outdoor power equipment such as lawn mowers, tractors and chain saws.
A good small-engine mechanic should be able to:
Motorcycle mechanics specialize in the repair and overhaul of motorcycles, motor scooters, mopeds, dirt bikes and all-terrain vehicles. Besides repairing engines, they may work on transmissions, brakes and ignition systems. Mechanics often service just a few makes and models of motorcycles because most work for dealers that service only the products they sell.
Marine equipment (boat) mechanics repair and adjust the electrical and mechanical equipment of inboard and outboard boat engines.
Outdoor power equipment and other small-engine mechanics service and repair outdoor power equipment such as lawn mowers, garden tractors, edge trimmers and chain saws.
Knowledge of basic electronics is essential, and skills learned as a small-engine repairer may transfer to similar occupations, such as automotive, diesel or heavy vehicle mechanics. Experienced mechanics with leadership ability may advance to shop supervisor or service manager jobs. Mechanics with sales ability sometimes become sales representatives or open their own repair shops.
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