Mechanical Techniques - Small Engine Mechanic
Love working with cool "toys"? This program is for you! Lots of hands-on time. Great career prospects. Be job-ready or apprenticeship-ready.

General information

Program code
2 Semesters (1 Year)
Ontario College Certificate
Work integrated learning
1 Field Placement
Academic area

Intake information

Start date Campus
Fall 2021 Midland

Program description

Students prepare for a career as a Small Engine Mechanic, or further education in a related field. They develop a concentrated understanding of small to medium sized engines and related systems for off-road vehicles and powered equipment. This includes gasoline engines, diesel engines, fuel management systems, electrical systems, frames, steering and suspension systems, transmission and auxiliary power systems, braking systems, hydraulic systems and onboard computer systems. A significant hands-on component allows individuals to develop practical and technical skills to meet the current needs of the Small Engine and Powersports industries, and will provide a basis to respond to emerging trends in the field. Finally, students become effective communicators and problem solvers who will have an awareness of environmental issues, effective customer service, and basic business operations.

Additional program specific fee information for Mechanical Techniques - Small Engine Mechanic

Career opportunities

Graduates may find a range of occupations in the mechanical field, including manufacturing, dealers, operations, sales, service, and self-employment. A graduate may find employment as a Small Engine Techincian Apprentice, retail sales support, business operations, off road and small powered equipment handling. They may also opt to return to school for additional technical training and specialization.

Admission information

Admission requirements

OSSD or equivalent with

  • Grade 12 English (C or U)
  • any Grade 111 or 12 Mathematics (C, M, or U)

Mature students, non-secondary school applicants (19 years or older), and home school applicants may also be considered for admission. Eligibility may be met by applicants who have taken equivalent courses, upgrading, completed their GED, and equivalency testing. For complete details refer to:


Applicants who have taken courses from a recognized and accredited post-secondary institution and/or have relevant life/learning experience may also be considered for admission; refer to the Credit Transfer Centre website for details:

Admission details

The very nature of the work requires manual dexterity and lifting. Applicants are advised to consult with the Program Co-ordinator if they have specific questions related to the physical demands of the program and future employment.


Program-specific Courses

  • MATH 1007 - Mathematics Techniques
    (Semester 1 / 42 hours)
  • MENG 1000 - Workshop Procedures
    (Semester 1 / 42 hours)
  • MENG 1001 - Engine Fuel Systems Principles
    (Semester 1 / 42 hours)
  • MENG 1002 - Engine Electrical Systems Diagnostics
    (Semester 1 / 42 hours)
  • MENG 1003 - Engine Function and Design
    (Semester 1 / 42 hours)
  • MENG 1009 - Basic Electrical Principles
    (Semester 1 / 42 hours)
  • MENG 1011 - Health and Safety Fundamentals
    (Semester 1 / 42 hours)
  • BUSI 1004 - Service and Information Techniques
    (Semester 2 / 42 hours)
  • MENG 1010 - Diesel and Overhead Valve Engines
    (Semester 2 / 42 hours)
  • SENG 1000 - Outdoor Power Tool Fundamentals
    (Semester 2 / 42 hours)
  • SENG 1001 - ATV Repair Principles
    (Semester 2 / 42 hours)
  • SENG 1002 - Principles of Residential Grounds Maintenance Equipment
    (Semester 2 / 42 hours)
  • SENG 1003 - Snowmobile Repair Principles
    (Semester 2 / 42 hours)
  • SENG 1004 - Field Placement
    (Semester 2 / 160 hours)

Communications courses

  • Select 1 course from the communications list during registration.
    (Semester 2)