Outdoor Power Equipment Mechanic

Working as an Outdoor Power Equipment Technician you would usually work in a workshop or combined workshop/retail-sales environment. You would diagnose problems, repair and service engine and engine components, cooling and petrol fuel systems and clutch assemblies. You would also repair charging, starting, ignition, electrical/electronic engines and drive management systems on power equipment.

Summary of Training

  • Follow environmental and sustainability best practice in an automotive workplace
  • Follow safe working practices in an automotive workplace
  • Service and repair rotary cutting systems
  • Service and repair chainsaw cutting systems
  • Inspect and service line trimming systems and components
  • Service and repair post boring systems
  • Service and repair post hole digging systems
  • Service and repair reciprocating cutting systems
  • Inspect and service pumping systems
  • Diagnose and repair pumping systems
  • Inspect and service outdoor power equipment engines
  • Diagnose and repair outdoor power equipment engines
  • Overhaul outdoor power equipment engines
  • Inspect and service cordless electric tool skins
  • Diagnose and repair cordless electric tool skins
  • Develop and carry out diagnostic test strategies
  • Use and maintain tools and equipment in an automotive workplace
  • Manage complex customer requirements in an automotive workplace
  • Build customer relations in an automotive workplace
  • Work effectively with others in an automotive workplace
  • Identify basic automotive faults using troubleshooting processes
  • Use and maintain electrical test equipment in an automotive workplace
  • Test and repair basic electrical circuits
  • Inspect, test and service batteries
  • Diagnose and repair charging systems
  • Diagnose and repair starting systems
  • Diagnose and repair ignition systems
  • Service and repair drum cutting systems
  • Test and service 240V portable generators
  • Test and service electric outdoor power equipment
  • Service and repair outdoor power equipment engine management systems
  • Inspect and service cooling systems
  • Diagnose and repair cooling systems
  • Inspect and service engines
  • Remove, inspect and refit wheel hubs and associated brake components
  • Use and maintain measuring equipment in an automotive workplace
  • Carry out oxyacetylene welding, thermal heating and cutting
  • Carry out basic gas metal arc welding

Please note that this Job & Training Description provides an example of the selection of non-core units. Alternative combinations of units may be selected and in some cases prerequisite units may need to be completed. For advice contact Apprenticeship Network providers or an approved Registered Training Organisation.

This Australian Apprenticeship occupation may attract incentives under the Australian Government Australian Apprenticeships Incentive System. For more information contact an Apprenticeship Network provider, call the Australian Apprenticeships referral line on 13 38 73, or look at the Australian Apprenticeships Priority List.

Job Pathways

Automotive Retail, Service and Repair

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Industry Group
Automotive, Transport & Maritime

Work Type
Manual & Realistic

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Commencements Change

The change in Australian Apprenticeships commencements in this overall industry in the past two years. Commencements in 20/21: 14825

Source: VOCSTATS, extracted on 2/8/2022. AATIS analysis.

Graduate Employment

Australian Apprentice graduates from this overall industry in employment (in any industry).

Source: NCVER National Student Outcomes Survey, 2020, unpublished. AATIS analysis.

Graduate Wage

Average wage of Australian Apprentice graduates from this overall industry employed full-time after training.

Source: NCVER National Student Outcomes Survey, 2020, unpublished. AATIS analysis.

Industry Growth

Predicted growth in employment in this overall industry over the next 5 years.

Source: National Skills Commission, 2022. AATIS analysis.

Industry Size

The number of employees in this overall industry compared with other Australian industries.

Source: National Skills Commission, 2022. AATIS analysis.

Industry Wage

Average wage of employees in this overall industry.

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2022. AATIS analysis.

Availability Information

Outdoor Power Equipment Mechanic - AUR30720
Full Time

(Nominal Duration)

36 mths 48 mths 48 mths 48 mths 48 mths 48 mths 48 mths 48 mths
Part Time
Commencements 0 0 10 0 0 0 0 0
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Commencement data source: National Apprentices and Trainees collection, VOCSTATS, extracted 2/8/2022, rounded estimates for January 2021 to December 2021. This data is for general information purposes only.

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