Garden Machinery Technician

The complexity of garden machinery varies from the wheel barrow, where a squeaky wheel or a puncture will be the biggest problem, to a ride-on lawn mower with the complexity of a small car.  Understanding plants and machinery often appear to be mutually exclusive human skills:  while a good gardener can bring back a plant from near extinction, resetting a spark plug may be beyond them.  The reverse is also true and the mechanic who can strip down and rebuild a carburettor, is often unable to take a softwood cutting.   The only situation where they do seem to go hand-in-hand is in arboriculture, where tree surgeons often do know their way around their chainsaws.

Where They Work

Garden Machinery Techncians may:

  • Work in a machinery repair workshop as an employee or self-employed
  • Offer on-site service
  • Work as sales people in machinery sales businesses
  • Work as a representative for a machinery manufacturer or wholesaler

What They Need

A garden machinery mechanic needs to be a skilful mechanic first and foremost, they need to understand not only how to repair machines but also what the machine is capable of doing and what it is not. They need specific knowledge and training in the mechanics and engineering associated  with small machines.


Many gardeners build a close working relationship with a good, local, reliable garden machinery expert because when your machinery breaks down the loss of income, or just waste of time is extremely frustrating and costly. If they have a clear understanding of what the machinery has to do, they are also able to advise on purchases.  From this can develop not only a successful repair business but also a flourishing retail outlet.

If you want to develop your knowledge of machinery in the garden/outdoor environment then you may be interested in studying one of the following courses:

Machinery And Equipment


Applied Electronics

Turf Repair And Renovation


or view our full range of gardening courses - all available to start at any time.

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