Small Engine Repair


Gain a working knowledge of types and operation of small engines, engine service, and repair of outdoor power equipment.

From lawnmowers to go-carts, to weed-eaters – if it has a small engine, learn to troubleshoot, repair, and even rebuild if necessary. The practical, hands-on learning experience from this course will provide benefits that last a lifetime. Whether you repair small engines for a living or just keep up with your own equipment, the class will easily pay for itself many times over. In about six weeks, you can have a working knowledge of types and operation of small engines, engine service, and repair of outdoor power equipment. Small engine repair professionals can earn over $20 an hour with experience.

A list of tools with a cost of approximately $100 will be given on the first day of the class.

The South Carolina Automobile Dealers Association's Auto Tech Development Program provides students with scholarships, job placement, and a free set of tools worth almost $10,000. The article "Expanding access to automotive careers in South Carolina" details how it is fill openings for automotive technicians in South Carolina.

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On-Campus Traditional. Classes meet on campus.
Virtual 100% online. Meets with a live instructor and classmates on specific days, at specific times. Uses web conferencing software, like Zoom.
Hybrid Some classes on campus. Some classes online or virtual.
Online 100% online. Due dates for projects and assignments. Self-paced work on your time.
CEUs Class Hours Course Title Cost
4.50 45

Small Engine Mechanic

Gain a working knowledge of types and operation of small engines, engine service, repair of outdoor power equipment, engine tune-up procedures, and troubleshooting methods, engine failure analysis, engine performance measurement, engine system and engine rebuild procedures. See for required tools. Lots of hands-on learning/training.



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Small Engine Mechanic

Small engine mechanics work on power equipment ranging from snowmobiles to chain saws. When equipment breaks down, mechanics use many strategies to diagnose the source and extent of the problem. Small engine mechanics identify mechanical, electrical, and fuel system problems and make necessary repairs.

Mechanics’ tasks vary in complexity and difficulty. Maintenance inspections and repairs, for example, involve minor adjustments or the replacement of a single part. Hand calibration, piston calibration, and spark plug replacement, however, may require taking an engine apart completely. Some mechanics use computerized equipment to tune racing motorcycles and motorboats.

Projected Job Growth


Average Annual Salary

According to EMSI data as of 2022

Where Can I Work?

  • Repair Shops
  • Home Improvement Companies
  • Industrial Equipment Production Companies

What’s next after I complete this program?

Enter the Workforce

Work for yourself or for a small business repairing gas trimmers, chainsaws, push riding mowers, and more.

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Academic programs count as academic credit for a certificate, diploma or degree and may transfer toward future academic endeavors at four-year colleges and universities.
Training programs can be completed in a matter of weeks or months, are focused on career training, and provide credentials and certificates needed in the specific fields of study. Coursework does not transfer.
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