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Outdoor Power Equipment Technician - Power Equipment

Learn more about this trade on the alis website.

  • Wage and Salary
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  • Duties and Working Conditions
  • Interests, Abilities, Traits, and Skills
  • Career Advancement

Outdoor power equipment technicians-power equipment technicians repair, service and maintain small gasoline and diesel-powered equipment such as generators, mowers, aerators, golf carts, chainsaws and various types of construction equipment.In general, outdoor power equipment technicians-power equipment technicians perform the following main duties:

  • review and interpret work orders and technical manuals,
  • inspect and test engine, motors and other mechanical components using test devices to diagnose and isolate faults,
  • adjust, repair or replace mechanical or electrical system parts and components using hand tools and equipment,
  • test and adjust repaired equipment for proper performance,
  • perform scheduled maintenance service on equipment,
  • advise customers on work performed and general condition of equipment, and
  • estimate repair costs.

Those authorized to perform the restricted activities of this designated trade include:

  • Sponsored Apprentices,
  • Certified Journeypersons
  • Individuals deemed qualified by their employer, and
  • Self-Employed individuals.

For complete information, see Restricted Activities and Classes of Individuals.

Program Information

Program Information & Requirements
  • The term of apprenticeship for a power equipment technician is 3 years (three 12-month periods), including a minimum of 1000 hours of on-the-job training and 6 weeks of classroom instruction in the first year, and 8 weeks of classroom instruction in the second and third years.
  • Apprentices are expected to demonstrate progress in their apprenticeship program within 18 months by engaging in an activity that will lead to the completion of a period of the program.
  • Upon successful completion of the apprenticeship program, the apprentice will receive a journeyperson certificate and an educational credential (Certificate).
Trades Qualifier

You can earn a Journeyperson Certificate based on: Work Experience The requirements for an Outdoor Power Equipment Technician - Power Equipment are:

  • A minimum of 54 months AND 4,500 hours of work experience.
  • A successful theory exam.
  • An Employer Declaration Letter (EDL).

Recognized CredentialsThe requirements for an Outdoor Power Equipment Technician – Power Equipment are:

  • A valid recognized credential from another jurisdiction.
  • A successful theory exam.

Program Credit

Category Information
High School Credit
Related Trades

Applicants with an Alberta or recognized trade certificate in one of the following trades may be eligible for credit towards their apprenticeship or Trades Qualifier program requirements.

  • Agricultural Equipment Technician
  • Automotive Service Technician
  • Heavy Equipment Technician
  • Heavy Equipment Technician - Heavy Duty Equipment Mechanic (Off Road)
  • Heavy Equipment Technician - Transport Trailer Mechanic
  • Heavy Equipment Technician - Truck and Transport 
  • Motorcycle Mechanic
  • Oudoor Power Equipment Technician - Marine Equipment
  • Oudoor Power Equipment Technician - Recreational Equipment
  • Oudoor Power Equipment Technician - Turf Equipment

Supporting Resources

Description / Resources
Trade Information Get important information about the duties, working conditions, and skills and abilities needed to work in this trade. (You will be re-directed to the alis website.)
Job Information View job postings in this trade, and learn about the current job market, average wage and resources for finding a job. (You will be re-directed to the alis website.)
Entrance Requirement You must satisfy the educational requirements or pass the entrance exam to start an apprenticeship program. If you are writing the entrance exam, there are entrance-level competencies to help you prepare, as well as an exam counselling sheet and study guide.
Curriculum Guide Get information on all of the program requirements and what you will learn.
Classroom Instruction View a list of currently scheduled classes.
Financial Assistance Student loans, grants, scholarships and other financial assistance may be available. For more information visit our Financial Assistance section, visit an Apprenticeship and Industry Training office or call toll-free to 1-800-248-4823.
Examinations Get exam counselling sheets for your upcoming apprenticeship, interprovincial or qualification exam.
Legislation For more information regarding undertakings, activities, and certification requirements, please review the Designated Trades and Restricted Activities Regulation and the Designated Trades’ Activities and Certification Requirements Order.


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