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.
Personal requirements of a Light Engine Mechanic
- 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.
Duties & Tasks of a Light Engine Mechanic
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.
Working conditions for a Light Engine Mechanic
Light engine mechanics work in workshops and garages. Protective clothing is usually worn.
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