A Small Engine Mechanic wearing safety glasses while holding a flashlight and inspecting an engine in a work shop

Train for a career working on small engines

Mechanical Techniques – Small Engine Mechanic Ontario College Certificate program

Love working with cool “toys”? This program is for you! Lots of hands-on time. Great career prospects. Be job-ready or apprenticeship-ready.

Program code MTSE
Duration 1 Year
Credential Ontario College Certificate
Delivery Full-time

Program information

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.

Intake information

Start date Campus
Fall 2023 Midland

Tuition and fees

Work-integrated learning

This program includes a field placement component where you will gain practical, hands-on work experience in a setting relevant to your program.

What are the admission requirements for the Mechanical Techniques – Small Engine Mechanic program?

Mechanical Techniques – Small Engine Mechanic admission requirements

OSSD or equivalent with

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

Minimum of 60% in Grade 11 College or University level Mathematics (MBF3C or MCF3M) 

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: www.georgiancollege.ca/admissions/academic-regulations/


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 for Prior Learning 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.

What career paths can I take as a small engine mechanic?

Your Mechanical Techniques – Small Engine Mechanic certificate gives you many 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 Technician 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.

What courses are included in the Mechanical Techniques – Small Engine Mechanic certificate program?

Course overview

13 Program Courses
1 Communications Course
1 Field Placement

Program-specific courses

Semester 1 courses are listed below. For a full list of courses in the program including course descriptions, view the Mechanical Techniques – Small Engine Mechanic program outline.

  • MATH 1007 – Mathematics Techniques
  • MENG 1000 – Workshop Procedures
  • MENG 1001 – Engine Fuel Systems Principles
  • MENG 1002 – Engine Electrical Systems Diagnostics
  • MENG 1003 – Engine Function and Design
  • MENG 1009 – Basic Electrical Principles
  • MENG 1011 – Health and Safety Fundamentals

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