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24 Associates's Degrees Annually
#184 in Popularity (Associate's)
$36,940 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Small Engine Mechanics Technology Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many small engine mechanics and repair technology/technician graduations there were in 2019-2020 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Basic Certificate 116
Undergraduate Certificate 97
Associate Degree 21

What Small Engine Mechanics Technology Majors Need to Know

People with careers related to small engine mechanics and repair technology/technician were asked what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important for their jobs. They weighted these areas on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the highest.

Knowledge Areas for Small Engine Mechanics and Repair Technology/Technician Majors

According to O*NET survey takers, a major in small engine mechanics and repair technology/technician should prepare you for careers in which you will need to be knowledgeable in the following areas:

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  • Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
  • Engineering and Technology - Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.

Skills for Small Engine Mechanics and Repair Technology/Technician Majors

The following list of skills has been highlighted as some of the most essential for careers related to small engine mechanics and repair technology/technician:

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  • Repairing - Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.
  • Equipment Maintenance - Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
  • Troubleshooting - Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
  • Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
  • Operation and Control - Controlling operations of equipment or systems.

Abilities for Small Engine Mechanics and Repair Technology/Technician Majors

As a small engine mechanics and repair technology/technician major, you will find yourself needing the following abilities:

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  • Finger Dexterity - The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
  • Arm-Hand Steadiness - The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
  • Manual Dexterity - The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).

What Can You Do With a Small Engine Mechanics Technology Major?

Below is a list of occupations associated with small engine mechanics and repair technology/technician:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Outdoor Power Equipment and Other Small Engine Mechanics 10.4% $35,400

Who Is Getting an Associate’s Degree in Small Engine Mechanics Technology?

21 Associate's Degrees Annually
10% Percent Women
38% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
This major attracts more men than women. About 90% of the graduates in this field are male.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of small engine mechanics and repair technology/technician majors is as follows:

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Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 0
Black or African American 0
Hispanic or Latino 3
White 13
International Students 0
Other Races/Ethnicities 5

How Much Do Small Engine Mechanics Technology Majors Make?

Salaries According to BLS

Average salaries range from $36,940 to $42,330 (25th to 75th percentile) for careers related to small engine mechanics and repair technology/technician. This range includes all degree levels, so the salary for a person with just a bachelor’s degree may be a little less and the one for a person with an advanced degree may be a little more.

To put that into context, according to BLS data from the first quarter of 2020, the typical high school graduate makes between $30,000 and $57,900 a year (25th through 75th percentile). The average person with a bachelor’s degree (any field) makes between $45,600 and $99,000. Advanced degree holders make the most with salaries between $55,600 and $125,400.

Median Salary for a Small Engine Mechanics Technology Major  ( 36940 to 42330 )
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Some careers associated with small engine mechanics and repair technology/technician require an advanced degree while some may not even require a bachelor’s. In general, the more advanced your degree the more career options will open up to you. However, there is significant time and money that needs to be invested into your education so weigh the pros and cons.

Find out what the typical degree level is for small engine mechanics and repair technology/technician careers below.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
Less than a High School Diploma 8.6%
High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED) 32.2%
Post-Secondary Certificate - awarded for training completed after high school (for example, in agriculture or natural resources, computer services, personal or culinary services, engineering technologies, healthcare, construction trades, mechanic and repair technologies, or precision production) 39.2%
Some College Courses 17.1%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 2.9%

Online Small Engine Mechanics Technology Programs

In 2019-2020, 44 schools offered a small engine mechanics and repair technology/technician program of some type. The following table lists the number of programs by degree level, along with how many schools offered online courses in the field.

Degree Level Colleges Offering Programs Colleges Offering Online Classes
Certificate (Less Than 1 Year) 0 0
Certificate (1-2 years) 32 0
Certificate (2-4 Years) 3 0
Associate’s Degree 9 0
Bachelor’s Degree 0 0
Post-Baccalaureate 0 0
Master’s Degree 0 0
Post-Master’s 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

Is a Degree in Small Engine Mechanics Technology Worth It?

The median salary for a small engine mechanics and repair technology/technician grad is $36,940 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

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You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to small engine mechanics and repair technology/technician.

Major Number of Grads
Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician 32,871
Diesel Mechanics Technology/Technician 8,645
Airframe Mechanics & Aircraft Maintenance Technology/Technician 6,107
Autobody/Collision & Repair Technology/Technician 4,504
Aircraft Powerplant Technology/Technician 2,598
Medium/Heavy Vehicle & Truck Technology/Technician 2,407
Motorcycle Maintenance & Repair Technology/Technician 1,244
Avionics Maintenance Technology/Technician 687
Marine Maintenance/Fitter & Ship Repair Technology/Technician 590
General Vehicle Maintenance & Repair Technologies 526
High Performance & Custom Engine Technician/Mechanic 391
Alternative Fuel Vehicle Technology/Technician 213
Engine Machinist 96
Other Vehicle Maintenance & Repair Technologies 73
Vehicle Emissions Inspection & Maintenance Technology/Technician 7

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

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