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NOC Code: NOC Code: 7335 Occupation: Other small engine and small equipment repairers
Occupation Description: Occupation Description:
Workers in this unit group test, repair and service small gasoline and diesel-powered engines and equipment, such as garden tractors, lawn mowers and other related equipment. They are employed by dealer service shops and by independent service establishments. Workers in this unit group test, repair and service small gasoline and diesel-powered engines and equipment, such as garden tractors, lawn mowers and other related equipment. They are employed by dealer service shops and by independent service establishments.

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Essential Skills Essential Skills Levels
Reading Reading 1 2 3
Writing Writing 1 2
Document Use Document Use 1 2 3
Digital Technology Digital Technology 1 2
Oral Communication Oral Communication 1 2 3
Money Math Money Math 1 2 3
Scheduling or Budgeting and Accounting Scheduling or Budgeting and Accounting 1 2 3
Measurement and Calculation Measurement and Calculation 1 2 3
Data Analysis Data Analysis 1 2 3
Numerical Estimation Numerical Estimation 1 2
Job Task Planning and Organizing Job Task Planning and Organizing 1 2
Decision Making Decision Making 1 2
Problem Solving Problem Solving 1 2
Finding Information Finding Information 1 2
Critical Thinking Critical Thinking 1 2 3


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Reading
  • Read instructions on labels and product packaging. For example, read handling and storage instructions on the labels of flammable products. (1)
  • Read comments on work orders and short email. For example, read descriptions of equipment faults on work orders. Read email to learn about parts they need and delivery dates for supplies. (1)
  • Read bulletins from equipment manufacturers. For example, read bulletins to learn about upcoming training events, equipment recalls and changes to warranty programs. (2)
  • Read notices and memos from managers and supervisors. For example, read notices from supervisors to learn about changes to hours of work, billing practices and equipment purchases. (2)
  • Read magazines and promotional materials to keep abreast of industry practices and to learn about new tools and products. For example, read magazines such as Powerboat to learn about new high performance outboard motors and Consumer Reports on lawn mowers. Read product brochures from a wide variety of manufacturers and suppliers to learn about equipment, tools and accessories. (2)
  • Read repair manuals and technical service bulletins for detailed troubleshooting, repair, maintenance and assembly instructions. For example, read technical service bulletins to learn the procedures for adjusting and maintaining equipment such as trimmers, augers and chainsaws. Read repair manuals to learn the sequenced tasks needed to overhaul gas and diesel-powered engines. (3)
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Writing
  • Write brief reminder notes. For example, write brief assembly instructions in logbooks to remind yourself how to reassemble components such as carburetors, alternators, engines and gearboxes. (1)
  • Write email. For example, email suppliers to request information about parts shipments. E-mail equipment manufacturers to request information about upcoming training and to clarify service bulletins and recall notices. (2)
  • Write short notes and comments on warranty claim forms and work orders. For example, record observations and describe condition of parts and equipment on work orders and justify warranty coverages on claim forms. Write brief notes to customers about equipment operation and maintenance on work orders and invoices. (2)
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Document Use
  • Identify symbols located on labels, signs, material packaging, schematics and technical drawings. For example, learn about the toxic properties of cleaners by identifying hazard symbols on labels. Identify symbols on technical drawings and schematics to determine current types, polarities, centrelines and rotation directions. (1)
  • Scan labels on product packaging and equipment for part numbers, serial numbers, dimensions, capacities and operating specifications. For example, scan labels on spark plug packaging to locate part numbers. (1)
  • Complete entry forms such as warranty claims, job estimates and invoices. For example, record customers' contact information, part identification numbers, dates, times, dimensions, quantities and unit prices on work orders. Enter model numbers, purchase dates, failure codes and part numbers on warranty claim forms. (2)
  • Study schematics to learn how electrical, hydraulic, oil circulation and pneumatic systems operate. For example, review schematics for electronic and mechanical regulator charging systems to troubleshoot faults with switches, voltage regulators, starters and alternators. Scan schematics to understand fluid flows through hydraulic and oil circulation systems. (3)
  • Examine a variety of technical drawings to identify parts and their order and positioning. For example, examine engine assembly drawings to identify the correct positioning of covers, gaskets, bearings, sprockets, snap rings, springs and bushings. Scan charts to troubleshoot faults and locate information needed to complete repairs. (3)
  • Obtain information from lists and tables. For example, locate dates, model numbers, ignition types, horsepower and torque ratings, compression ratios, stroke lengths and other data in parts lists. Locate bore sizes, gear ratios, clearances, dimensions and other data in specification tables. (3)
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Digital Technology
  • Use email applications such as Outlook to exchange information and documents with suppliers, manufacturers, co-workers and colleagues. (2)
  • Use computer and software applications. For example, use computerized diagnostic equipment such as gas analyzers. (2)
  • Access the company's databases to input information such as customers' addresses, services rendered and inventory received, and generate invoices and quotes and locate repair and inventory data. (2)
  • Launch Internet browsers to access service, maintenance and repair information. Locate specifications, drawings, bulletins, notices and repair procedures on electronic 'listservs' and manufacturer websites. Visit bookmarked sites and locate information using general search functions. (2)
  • Use programs such as Word to enter information onto invoice and inventory templates and to print forms. (2)
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Oral Communication
  • Discuss repair parts and supplies with partspersons and suppliers. For example, talk with parts people to determine prices and availabilities for small engine parts. (1)
  • Discuss repairs with customers. Answer customers' questions, respond to their complaints, provide advice and gather information needed to carry out repairs. For example, speak with customers to discuss costs and time estimates for repairs and to explain maintenance schedules and procedures. (2)
  • Talk to co-workers and supervisors about a wide range of subjects. For example, discuss repair procedures and work processes at staff meetings and talk about assignments and deadlines with supervisors. (2)
  • Exchange detailed repair information with manufacturers' technical support representatives and other small engine mechanics. For example, phone helplines to discuss unusual electrical, cooling and hydraulic system faults with manufacturers' technical support representatives. Explain repair procedures to co-workers and colleagues by providing detailed, step-by-step instructions. (3)
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Money Math
  • Receive payments from customers and make change. (1)
  • Prepare invoices and price quotes. Calculate labour charges by multiplying hours worked by shop rates. Determine discount and surcharge amounts and add charges for parts and materials and calculate applicable taxes. (3)
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Scheduling or Budgeting and Accounting
  • Prepare financial summaries. For example, reconcile cash floats, count cash and credit receipts and record totals for deposit slips and close out books. (2)
  • Forecast repair and maintenance costs for equipment. For example, an equipment mechanic at a golf course may budget annual repair costs for garden tractors, mowers, bunker rakes and golf carts. In the forecasts, they include expenditure breakdowns for parts and supplies and provisions for cost overruns. (3)
  • Create and modify repair shop schedules. Sequence repair and maintenance activities to ensure the timely, orderly and efficient completion of work. Consider the type of work being carried out, the availability of parts and the importance of the equipment to customers. Modify schedules when disruptions are caused by shortages of parts and materials. (3)
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Measurement and Calculation
  • Take a variety of measurements. For example, measure battery and charging system voltages, pressures supplied by pumps and compressors and the temperatures of cooling systems. Measure clearances, gaps and the sizes of equipment parts and components. (1)
  • Calculate amounts of coolants and oil and gas mixtures. For example, mix antifreezes and two-stroke engine fuels to specified ratios. (2)
  • Take a variety of measurements using specialized measuring tools. For example, use micrometers, bore gauges and callipers to precisely measure the dimensions of pistons, cylinder bores, bearings and shafts. Use feeler gauges to measure valve lash distances, point openings and piston ring gaps. (3)
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Data Analysis
  • Compare measurements of pressure, distance, temperature, torque, voltage and amperage to specifications. For example, compare measurements of pressure to original equipment manufacturers' specifications to determine the condition of hydraulic pumps. (1)
  • Count parts and determine the quantities needed to maintain specified inventory levels. Calculate parts' overages and shortages by comparing inventory counts to previous counts and computer generated totals. (2)
  • Analyze compression, pressure, temperature, power, torque and electrical energy measurements. For example, compare a series of pressure readings produced by pumps, compressors and pistons operating at various speeds to troubleshoot equipment and part faults. (3)
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Numerical Estimation
  • Estimate the times required to complete repairs. Consider the requirements of the tasks, the times taken to complete similar tasks in the past and the availability of parts. (1)
  • Estimate percentages of wear and remaining life for a wide variety of parts including batteries, hoses, pull cords and propeller shafts. (2)
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Job Task Planning and Organizing
  • Other small engine and small equipment repairers organize their daily activities according to the work assigned to them by supervisors. They schedule their activities and organize repair tasks to ensure the efficient use of labour, parts and equipment. Other small engine and small equipment repairers may plan the job tasks of helpers and apprentices to ensure the efficient completion of repairs, housekeeping duties and effective use of tools. (2)
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Decision Making
  • Decide which tools to use, procedures to follow and tests to perform in order to troubleshoot, repair and maintain small engines and equipment. Consider the type of small engines and equipment being serviced and the nature of the repairs. (1)
  • Choose among refurbish, repair and replacement options for worn and broken parts and equipment. (2)
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Problem Solving
  • Receive complaints about the work carried out. Determine the reasons for customers' dissatisfaction and attempt to resolve the complaints by explaining scheduling, billing and repair procedures. Allow customers to examine the worn and damaged parts that were replaced during repairs. Refer unresolved complaints to managers and supervisors for follow-up and resolution. (1)
  • Repair deadlines have been missed. Inform supervisors and customers why the deadlines were missed and adjust work schedules to complete the work as quickly as possible. (1)
  • Small engines cannot be repaired because repair parts and data such as specifications and instructions are unavailable. Contact specialty suppliers for rare and out-of-production parts and sometimes fabricate parts that are not available. Find specifications and instructions by consulting customers, service managers, co-workers, colleagues, suppliers and manufacturers. (2)
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Finding Information
  • Locate information about repairs. Review work orders, recall notices and service bulletins and speak to co-workers, supervisors, customers and manufacturers. Inspect, operate and test defective equipment needing repairs to gather operational data and to learn about faults. (2)
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Critical Thinking
  • Assess the condition of small engine parts and components. For example, assess the condition of chainsaw engines by reviewing manufacturers' specifications, taking direct measurements and inspecting parts visually. (2)
  • Evaluate the suitability of shop tools, diagnostic equipment, repair parts and supplies. Consider criteria such as cost, warranties, recommended applications, power ratings, expected life spans and ease of use. For example, a mechanic may judge the suitability of parts, materials and supplies such as spark plugs and lubricants, paying particular attention to ease of installation and improved equipment performance. (2)
  • Evaluate the quality of repairs. Consider criteria such as post-repair pressure, voltage readings and the results of functional tests such as the operation of starting systems and hydraulic controls. Inspect repairs for misaligned belts and pulleys, excessive noises and vibrations, unusual fumes and leaking seals, connections and hoses. (3)
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