: I'm considering a career in small engine repair. I would
: advice. I'm most concerned if there is steady work in this
field and if
: it offers some fairly challenging work. I know it only pays
: $10/hr. to 18/hr. We get a fair amount of snow in the winter.
: affect how much work there is in the winter? Is this field
: lot by downturns in the economy? Thanks in advance for advice.
Like most careers, that depends on your goals, expectations and
ambitions plus a lot of luck, I think. It can be fairly
lucrative once you build a customer base, and especially if you
can buy out a functional business from someone who is retiring or
some such, and pick up a franchise or warranty work contract or
I assume you DO know what "small engine" means, right? It's
not just the 3.5 HP lawn mower engines; it's much more than that
and for the right people can be pretty interesting work. There
are several different types of "small engines".
Some things to think about: Work for yourself? A major company?
A sales/rental place? A factory repair center? Etc.
When we lived in Chicago, it was a pretty good business to be
in. Here in far northern NY it's not so much since the farms are
falling like flies and most people aren't into tractors and
things like that anymore.
With the recent changes in engine design I suspect it can take
some doing to keep a good license and continuing education
credits and all that. The few such businesses that are around
here do very well, but that's because the chaff has been
separated out and only the quality folks are left, which is a
good thing for the customer, not so good for the business if they
like to cut corners or have no people powers.
IMO it is subject to downturns in the economy and such, but what
isn't? Heck, even NASA people fear for their jobs today! The
trick would be to get into a niche market of some sort where the
requirement for the experience and abilities was needed whether
the economy was good or bad. With the exception of military
contracts, that is; IMO, nothing worse than taking a military
contract. I say that because I did <g>. Got rich and got poor,
all pretty quickly. Gvt work is more feast/famine than most,
although they all are to a degree these days.
The trick is to be savvy, grab opportunities, keep up your
ambition and love what you do. Find a job you love and you'll
never work a day in your life but you'll play every day and get
paid for it.