How to become a Engine Reconditioner

Engine reconditioners set up and operate machinery to restore and recondition the machined surfaces of engines and related vehicle components.

Personal requirements of a Engine Reconditioner

  • Enjoy practical and manual activities
  • Mechanical aptitude
  • Good eyesight (may be corrected) for precision work
  • Able to keep up to date with technological change

Education & Training for a Engine Reconditioner

To become an engine reconditioner you have to complete an apprenticeship. Entry requirements may vary, but employers generally require Year 10.

Duties & Tasks of a Engine Reconditioner

Engine reconditioners:

  • 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.

Working conditions for a Engine Reconditioner

Engine reconditioners work in specialised workshops, sometimes concentrating on one aspect of the job.

Employment Opportunities for a Engine Reconditioner

Engine reconditioners work in automotive engine re-manufacturing companies. They may undertake post-apprenticeship courses in the motor mechanic, automotive, electrical, fitting and turning, and engine management fields. This can lead to specialisations in performance development or specialist modification work. Qualified tradespeople with advanced academic knowledge in production engineering may take up positions as technical officers or technicians and work with design engineers. Some engine reconditioners complete courses in business management and become owners of their own businesses. Other career options include positions in industry for teachers and trainers, technical sales representatives or field representatives.

Avg. weekly wage:


Future growth:


Employment by state:

ACT ACT 1.3%


NT NT 1.5%

QLD QLD 17.8%

SA SA 8.9%

TAS TAS 2.4%

VIC VIC 30.9%

WA WA 13.2%

Hours worked:



Lower unemployment

Gender split:

Male 98.9%

Female 1.1%

Education level:

Not completed Year 12: 12.7%

Highest qualification is secondary school: 7%

Highest qualification is a Certificate 3 or 4: 72.5%

Highest qualification is a Diploma or Advanced Diploma: 5.7%

Highest qualification is a Bachelor degree: 2.1%

Age brackets:

15-19 - 5.6%

20-24 - 15.4%

25-34 - 25%

35-44 - 18%

45-54 - 18.2%

55-59 - 9.9%

60-64 - 5.4%

65 and Over - 2.5%

*The data above is sourced from the Department of Employment’s Job Outlook website.

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