Turf Equipment Technician

Description

Turf Equipment Technicians are responsible for lawn maintenance equipment. They diagnose, repair and maintain large and small tractors, golf carts, traction units (Power trains), small powered equipment (leaf blowers) and tow-behind equipment (utility wagons, implements).

  • Inspect, test, diagnose and repair lawn maintenance equipment
  • Sharpen mower blades, repair diesel engines and fix brake lines
  • Use hand and power tools
  • Assemble and operate shop equipment including rotary blade grinders, bed knife, reel, pressure washer
  • Operate lift equipment including hoists, front end loaders, fork lifts and ski steers
  • Attach tow-behind implements to drive units and securing and maintain trailer hitches
  • Service and maintain traction units including fuel systems, fuel injection systems, diesel and gasoline engines and electric and electronic components
  • Inspect wheels, tires and mounting hardware
  • Tuning two and four cycle engines
  • Prepare equipment for winter storage
  • Dispose of unwanted or excessive explosives
  • Drive, park and operate heavy equipment

Personal Qualities

  • You enjoy working indoors or outdoors in various weather conditions
  • You have strong problem-solving skills
  • You are good at analyzing situations, and implementing solutions
  • You are mechanically inclined and enjoy working with engines and machinery
  • You are physically fit, and able to kneel, bend, lift, carry, and manipulate heavy objects
  • You have good customer service skills

Career Opportunities

Turf Equipment Technicians work outdoors and inside a shop. Because these trades people are exposed to high noise levels, fumes, dirt and sharp implements, adhering to all safety precautions is very important.

Employment opportunities for this occupation are expected to remain stable with the increasing number of golf courses and parks.

Employers who hire Turf Equipment Technicians include:

  • Independent repair shops
  • Golf courses
  • Sod farms
  • Equipment rental firms
  • Lawn care companies
  • Landscaping companies
  • Municipal, provincial or federal government parks services

Educational/Training Requirements

A Turf Equipment Technician is an unrestricted trade in the motive power sector, which means that it does not require a valid Certificate of Apprenticeship to work in the trade. However, apprenticeship training is recommended and a Certificate of Apprenticeship is available upon successful completion.

  • Grade 12 or the equivalent is the legal minimum requirement to be apprenticed in this trade.
  • Completion of a 5,720 hour apprenticeship will include 5000 hours of on-the-job training as well as 720 hours of in-school training.
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