What is Outdoor Power and Recreational Equipment?
Outdoor Power and Recreational Equipment mechanics carry out diagnosis, make repairs and scheduled maintenance on a large variety of vehicles and small powered equipment including, but not limited to, All Terrain Vehicles (ATV), Motorcycles, Snowmobiles, Generators, Pumps, Lawn Mowers, Lawn Tractors, Small Engine units and other motor vehicles using a large variety of electronic, mechanical testing equipment and tools. With the increasing technical advances currently being made each year, this process involves the use of many computerized diagnostic tools. An even greater variety of tools is used to complete the work depending on the area of expertise you decide to focus on. Besides diagnosis, repairing damaged and defective vehicles and items, mechanics also conduct routine and scheduled maintenance such as engine tune ups, alignment and running gear adjustments, replacement and balancing of tires, replacing the oil and filters, lubrications, engine and handling improvements. Tuning is also required to increase performance and functionality of the varied products. These repairs and maintenance must be completed to exacting safety standards and customer satisfaction.
With all of the high-performance machinery, complex repairs and maintenance necessary, the new technology built into modern outdoor and recreational equipment components, knowledge of electronics is increasingly desirable in a mechanic as this position has developed into a Technician classification through many of these trades.