Light Engine Mechanic


Light engine mechanics test, service and repair small engines and parts in boats and other small engine-powered equipment such as chainsaws, brush-cutters, lawnmowers, pumps and stationary engines.

Duties & Tasks

Light engine mechanics may perform the following tasks:

  • determine mechanical and electrical faults through discussion with users, listening to engines and using specialised testing equipment
  • dismantle faulty engine assemblies, check parts using precision measuring equipment and refer to workshop manuals
  • clean, lubricate and tune engines to ensure they run properly
  • repair damaged or faulty parts by straightening, welding, machining or hand-making new metal parts
  • repair and adjust electrical faults
  • remove small dents in panels, spray paint and do minor trim repairs
  • set up and water-test outboard motors.


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Working Conditions

Light engine mechanics work in workshops and garages. Protective clothing is usually worn.

Personal Requirements

  • enjoy practical and manual activities
  • able to cope with the physical demands of the job
  • normal eyesight and hearing
  • aptitude for technical activities
  • problem-solving skills
  • able to read and interpret technical information from service manuals
  • no skin allergies or reactions to grease, oil or petrol.

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