Engine reconditioners set up and operate machinery to restore and recondition the machined surfaces of engines and related vehicle components.
Duties & Tasks
Engine reconditioners may perform the following tasks:
- dismantle, check and inspect engines for wear
- re-grind camshafts and crankshafts
- repair and recondition cylinder heads and cylinder blocks
- check various components using micrometers and dial indicators
- diagnose reasons for engine failure
- pressure-test cylinder blocks and cylinder heads
- install engines in cars, boats, trucks or tractors
- assemble engines after repair
- balance tailshafts, crankshafts and flywheels.
Engine reconditioners work in specialised workshops, sometimes concentrating on one aspect of the job. They wear protective clothing and may use special cleaning fluids.
- enjoy practical and manual activities
- mechanical aptitude
- good eyesight (may be corrected) for precision work
- able to keep up to date with technological change.