Small Engine Repair Jobs ValueTo some, a vocation, such as small engine repair is viewed as less worthy than, say, the pursuit of a masters in business degree, or a university engineering degree. Why? The very root of the reason is financial, but it's not the price of the schooling. People often perceive the success of their child to lie in financial gain. They believe that the financial opportunity for their child "to be happy" would be greater with a white collar degree. Some families worry about their school children's interest in vocations.
On the CUE blog about learning, blogger Mark Dohn pointed out that,
Whether it's the value of the contribution to the community, or the value of the vocation, small engine repair jobs check the value boxes. It's rewarding.
"We have to accept that a BA or a Master’s degree may not be a sign of economic success. We need to redefine what our perception of success for our children is. Maybe success should be defined as being a productive part of one one’s community and of society in general."
"Employers with skilled jobs to fill are unable to find applicants with the necessary qualifications or skills. Conversely, there are many students today that have successfully completed a four-year degree but are either under or unemployed."
-- Mark Dohn http://blog.cue.org/a-surprising-lesson-learned-from-small-engine-repair/
No GuaranteesThe white collar degree doesn't guarantee a good career for many grads. So it's not a given that such a degree leads to financial prosperity. You could argue the same thing about small engine repair jobs not necessarily leading to financial prosperity. Small engine repair jobs are probably more readily available, or easier to create. Even if you can't get a job in this field, you could just start a new business of your own, fixing outdoor power equipment. Barriers to entry are relatively low, once you know how to fix these kinds of machines.
HappinessOthers argue that one's profession must appeal to their REAL happiness and not be based upon finances. For many small engine repair mechanics who gain great happiness from working with their hands; from figuring out how things work; dismantling and re-assembling motors and parts IS happiness. It can happen to be rather financially rewarding too. Why? Well because there are millions of people out there buying outdoor power equipment. Those tools don't last forever. It is often more cost efficient to buy small engine parts and fix a little motor, than to buy new equipment. Who's going to fix the machines if nobody has the patience to learn small engine repair?
The Small Engine Repair OpportunityLittle motors in outdoor power equipment aren't exactly fragile. They do operate at high heat and take a beating though. So they don't last forever. Small gas motors are everywhere and have tons of uses. You find them in home and industrial outdoor tools like lawn mowers, tillers, cultivators, trimmers, edgers, snowblowers, chain saws, pumps, generators, air compressors, cutoff saws, and others. Parts for small engines and outdoor power equipment in general are easy and cheap to come by.
Putting two and two together, there's a large opportunity for one who is mechanically inclined, to profit and stay busy and happy.
Outdoor Power Equipment Aftermarket PartsFixes for trained mechanics are not terribly difficult. They are sometimes time consuming though. Parts? Many people scratch their head when smoke billows out of their equipment. "Where can I buy small engine repair parts?" They wonder. Well outdoor power equipment aftermarket parts are readily available. Any small engine repair books can tell you how to install them too. Small engine repair cost? Let's just say, it's usually worth it to fix instead of replace.
Small engine repair diy is your thing?There's nothing really stopping you from turning it into a career. Take an outdoor power equipment repair course and maybe even start your own outdoor power equipment repair business. Lots of small engine repair classes are out there — probably in your vicinity.
So, Should YOU Learn Small Engine Repair?I have prepared this nice infographic for you, depicting the four reasons why you should learn small engine repair.
- The value of small engine repair jobs is there; both in finances and community perception.
- Small engine repair jobs are available, or easy to create.
- Small engine repair business is not overly difficult to start up.
- Outdoor power equipment aftermarket parts are readily available.