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Small Engine Repair


Small engine repair programs prepare people to repair and maintain small engines such as lawn mowers and chainsaws.

Small engine repair programs prepare people to care for and repair small engines. Students learn to work on engines in lawnmowers and motorcycles. They also learn to work on snowmobiles, chain saws, and rotary tillers.

Small engine repair programs include topics such as:


Many community colleges and technical schools offer certificate and associate degree programs in small engine repair. A certificate program usually takes six months to one year of full-time study. An associate degree program at a community college usually takes two years of full-time study to complete.

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Program Admission

Proprietary schools, colleges, and universities all offer this program. If you want to study at a proprietary school, you can prepare for this program of study by completing your high school diploma or getting a GED. If you want to study at a college or university, you can prepare for this program by taking the following courses: four years of English, three years of math, three years of social studies, and two years of science. Some colleges also require two years of a second language.

Below is a list of high school courses that will help prepare you for this program of study:

Typical Course Work

Program Courses

A program in this field typically includes courses in the following subjects:

Things to Know

You can learn this career on the job, but employers tend to favor hires with some prior training.

You can expect to receive on-the-job training after you are hired. You may also take classes from a manufacturer of specialized equipment.

Most programs require students to purchase their own tools, safety equipment, and work clothes.

If you plan to open your own business, classes in small business administration can be helpful.

As small engine technology continues to advance, you will need to keep your skills up to date. Expect to take classes throughout your career. Your employer may pay for this training.


Tacoma Area

Bates Technical College (South Campus)