Unit of competency details

AURPTE2002 - Service engines and engine components (outdoor power equipment) (Release 1)


Usage recommendation:
Supersedes and is equivalent to AURP201570B - Service engines and engine components (outdoor power equipment) 16/Jan/2013
Is superseded by and equivalent to AURPTE002 - Inspect and service outdoor power equipment engines 13/Apr/2016

ReleaseRelease date
1 1 (this release) 17/Jan/2013


SchemeCodeClassification value
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 030503 Vehicle Mechanics  

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 030503 Vehicle Mechanics  07/Aug/2013 
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Modification History



Release 1 

Replaces AURP201570B Service engines and engine components (outdoor power equipment)

Unit code updated to meet policy requirements

Reference to OHS legislation replaced with new WHS legislation

Unit Descriptor

Unit descriptor 

This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to service small engines and engine components appropriate to outdoor power equipment.

No licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication.

Application of the Unit

Application of the unit 

This unit applies to individuals who undertake servicing of outdoor power equipment engines which may be stationary or mobile, air and liquid cooled, overhead and side valve, 2- and 4-stroke spark ignition and 4-stroke compression ignition engines.

For service and repair of light/heavy vehicle engines refer to AURTTE2004 Inspect and service engines.

Licensing/Regulatory Information

Not applicable.


Not applicable.

Employability Skills Information

Employability skills 

This unit contains employability skills.

Elements and Performance Criteria Pre-Content

Elements describe the essential outcomes of a unit of competency.

Performance criteria describe the performance needed to demonstrate achievement of the element. Assessment of performance is to be consistent with the evidence guide.

Elements and Performance Criteria



1. Prepare for engine service

1.1. Identify and confirm work to be carried out

1.2. Access and interpret service procedures, workshop manuals and manufacturer information

1.3. Identify and prepare tools, equipment and materials required for servicing job

1.4. Set up work area

2. Service engines and engine components

2.1. Identify and observe applicable workplace health and safety (WHS) requirements, including state/territory regulatory requirements and personal protection needs

2.2. Perform service operations in accordance with workplace procedures and manufacturer/component supplier specifications

2.3. Apply appropriate lubricants to engine

2.4. Start engine and run up to operating temperature and check for leaks, abnormal noises and pressures, where applicable

2.5. Make any adjustments as required and re-test

2.6. Complete workplace documentation and update customer and warranty information, as required

3. Complete work

3.1. Inspect serviced unit to ensure protective guards, cowlings and safety features are in place

3.2. Clean engine to workplace expectations

3.3. Clean work area, dispose of waste and store tools and equipment in accordance with workplace procedures

Required Skills and Knowledge


This section describes the skills and knowledge required for this unit.

Required skills 

Required skills include:

  • technical skills to the level required to use workplace technology and tools related to servicing outdoor power equipment engines
  • communication skills to the level required to confirm work requirements and specifications, to communicate effectively regarding work requirements with supervisor, other workers and customers, to report work outcomes and problems, and to relate to people from a range of social, cultural and ethnic backgrounds and of varying physical and mental abilities
  • literacy skills to the level required to understand information related to work orders and to locate, interpret and apply manufacturer/component supplier procedures, workplace policies and procedures
  • numeracy skills to the level required to correctly calculate time, assess tolerances, apply accurate measurements, calculate material requirements and establish quality checks
  • problem-solving skills to the level required to plan and organise activities and establish safe and effective work processes which anticipate and/or resolve problems and downtime, and to systematically develop solutions to avoid or minimise reworking and avoid wastage
  • team skills to the level required to work effectively and cooperatively with others to optimise workflow and productivity

Required knowledge 

Required knowledge includes:

  • construction and operating principles of 2- and 4-stroke spark ignition engines and 4-stroke compression ignition engines
  • types and layout of service/repair manuals (hard copy and electronic)
  • servicing procedures
  • different servicing requirements for different engines
  • minor adjustment procedures
  • types of lubricants, application and methods of lubrication
  • selection, checking and use of tooling and equipment
  • manufacturer and/or component supplier specifications
  • applicable commonwealth, state or territory legislation, regulations, standards and codes of practice, including WHS and environment, relevant to servicing engines in outdoor power equipment
  • organisational policies and procedures, including quality requirements, reporting and recording procedures, and work organisation and planning processes, related to servicing engines in outdoor power equipment

Evidence Guide


The evidence guide provides advice on assessment and must be read in conjunction with the performance criteria, required skills and knowledge, range statement and the Assessment Guidelines for the Training Package.

Overview of assessment 

Critical aspects for assessment and evidence required to demonstrate competency in this unit 

Assessors must be satisfied that the candidate can competently and consistently:

  • observe safety procedures and requirements
  • communicate effectively with others involved in or affected by the work
  • select servicing methods and techniques appropriate to the circumstances
  • complete preparatory activity in a systematic manner
  • service of a range of engines and associated components to workplace and manufacturer/component supplier requirements
  • complete servicing of engine and associated components within workplace timeframes
  • complete workplace records.

Context of , and specific resources for assessment 

  • The application of competency is to be assessed in the workplace or a simulated environment that reflects as far as possible the actual working environment.
  • Assessment is to occur using standard and authorised work practices, safety requirements and environmental constraints.
  • Assessment is to comply with relevant regulatory requirements, including specified Australian standards.
  • Where applicable, reasonable adjustment must be made to work environments and training situations to accommodate ethnicity, age, gender, demographics and disability.
  • The following resources should be made available:
  • a range of outdoor power equipment engines and components
  • materials relevant to servicing engines
  • equipment, hand and power tooling appropriate to servicing of outdoor power equipment engines
  • specifications and work instructions.

Method of assessment 

  • Assessment must satisfy the endorsed Assessment Guidelines of this Training Package.
  • Assessment methods must confirm consistency and accuracy of performance (over time and in a range of workplace relevant contexts) together with application of Required Skills and Knowledge.
  • Assessment methods must be by direct observation of tasks and include questioning on Required Skills and Knowledge to ensure its correct interpretation and application.
  • Assessment may be applied under project-related conditions (real or simulated) and require evidence of process.
  • Assessment must confirm a reasonable inference that competency is able not only to be satisfied under the particular circumstance, but is able to be transferred to other circumstances.
  • Competence in this unit may be assessed in conjunction with other functional units which together form part of the holistic work role.

Guidance information for assessment 

Assessment processes and techniques must be culturally sensitive and appropriate to the language and literacy capacity of the candidate and the work being performed.

Range Statement


The range statement relates to the unit of competency as a whole. It allows for different work environments and situations that may affect performance. Essential operating conditions that may be present with training and assessment (depending on the work situation, needs of the candidate, accessibility of the item, and local industry and regional contexts) may also be included.

Outdoor power equipment engines 

Outdoor power equipment engines may include:

  • stationary or mobile
  • air and liquid cooled
  • overhead and side valve
  • 2- and 4-stroke spark ignition
  • 4-stroke compression ignition

Servicing methods 

Servicing methods may include:

  • on- and off-site servicing
  • minor adjustments
  • lubricating
  • communicating with customers
  • documenting and reporting on service

Tooling and equipment 

Tooling and equipment may include:

  • specific service and general workshop equipment and tooling
  • measuring equipment
  • lubricating equipment


Materials may include:

  • spare parts
  • lubricants
  • fluids
  • cleaning materials

Information /documents 

Information/documents may include:

  • verbal or written and graphical instructions, signage, work schedules/plans/specifications, work bulletins, memos, material safety data sheets (MSDS), diagrams or sketches
  • safe work procedures related to servicing engines
  • regulatory/legislative requirements pertaining to outdoor power equipment
  • engineer's design specifications and instructions
  • organisation work specifications and requirements
  • instructions issued by authorised enterprise or external persons
  • Australian standards

WHS requirements 

WHS requirements are to be in accordance with applicable commonwealth, state or territory legislation and regulations, and organisational safety policies and procedures, and may include:

  • personal protective equipment and clothing
  • safety equipment
  • first aid equipment
  • hazard and risk control
  • elimination of hazardous materials and substances
  • manual handling, including shifting, lifting and carrying
  • emergency procedures

Legislative requirements 

Legislative requirements are to be in accordance with applicable commonwealth, state or territory legislation, regulations, certification requirements and codes of practice, and may include:

  • award and enterprise agreements
  • industrial relations
  • Australian standards
  • Australian Design Rules
  • confidentiality and privacy
  • WHS
  • the environment
  • equal opportunity
  • anti-discrimination
  • relevant industry codes of practice
  • duty of care

Environmental requirements 

Environmental requirements may include:

  • waste management
  • pollution
  • noise
  • dust
  • clean-up management

Quality requirements 

Quality requirements may include:

  • regulations, including Australian standards
  • internal organisational quality policies and procedures
  • enterprise operations and procedures

Organisational policies and procedures 

Organisational policies and procedures may include:

  • quality policies and procedures, including Australian standards
  • WHS, sustainability, environment, equal opportunity and anti-discrimination
  • manufacturer specifications and industry codes of practice
  • safe work procedures
  • reporting and recording procedures

Unit Sector(s)

Unit sector 

Outdoor Power Equipment

Co-requisite units

Not applicable.

Competency field

Competency field 

Technical - Engines