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Small Engine Repair Program Details

Small Engine Repair Curriculum Details

Learn the key foundational mechanic concepts in our robust syllabus including cooling, electrical, and fuel systems, servicing lawn mowers, tractors, and outboard engines, and more. Penn Foster Career School's small engine repair courses will help you take the first steps toward being able to maintain your own equipment or toward launching the career of your dreams!

Program Goal and Outcomes

Program Goal

The Small Engine Repair program provides students with a working knowledge of basic small engine repair to gain employment in the small engine repair field.

Upon completion of the program, students will be able to...
  • Understand the role of a small engine technician and the career opportunities in the outdoor power equipment field
  • Describe the basic operation of small engines and identify the parts of a typical small engine
  • Discuss the theory and operation of the cooling, lubrication, and fuel of a typical small engine
  • Describe the theory and operation of the electrical systems of a small engine, including the operation of the ignition system
  • Describe how to disassemble, rebuild, and reassemble a typical two-stroke and four-stroke engine
  • Identify the types of drive trains found in outdoor power equipment and summarize how to service lawn and riding mowers as well as garden tractors
  • Identify the typical troubleshooting and repair procedures for the most common types of outdoor power equipment
  • Describe the ownership and management of an outdoor power equipment repair business

Succeed by learning how to use your Penn Foster program.

Objectives:

  • Understand how to use your Student Portal.
  • Access the Penn Foster Community and use it to find answers.
  • Connect with Penn Foster on various social media sites.
Learn about the expanding field of small-engine servicing.

Objectives:

  • Describe small engine uses in equipment for commercial, residential, and industrial applications.
  • Understand technical terms, tools, and safe work methods associated with small engines.
  • Identify career opportunities and the professional qualifications you’ll need to succeed.

Learn about basic engine operation and components of two-stroke, four-stroke, and diesel engines.

Objectives:

  • Describe how fuel is used to create energy to make an engine operate.
  • Visually identify the external components and internal components of a small engine.
  • Describe the operation of carburetors, ignition systems, and starting systems, and explain how a transmission can be used to increase the output horsepower and torque of an engine.
Practical Exercise 1

The purpose of this small engine practical exercise is to help you apply your knowledge of engine components and operation to some real-life examples. Answer questions related to hypothetical scenarios and photos of actual engines.

In this course, you'll learn how lubricants reduce friction and help cool an engine.

Objectives:

  • Identify types of small-engine lubrication and cooling systems.
  • Properly service and maintain these systems.
This course will provide detail about how an engine's ignition system operates.

Objectives:

  • Explain the difference between voltage, current, and resistance.
  • Describe how a spark plug operates.
  • Troubleshoot various ignition systems.
Practical Exercise 2

The purpose of this small engine practical exercise is to help you apply your knowledge of small engine lubrication, cooling, and ignition systems to some real-life examples. Answer questions related to hypothetical scenarios and photos of actual engines.

In this lesson, you’ll learn about the types of electrical systems used on outdoor power equipment.

Objectives:

  • Understand how the starting, charging, and accessory electric systems operate.
  • Troubleshoot and repair electrical systems for small engines.
In this course, you'll learn how the carburetor delivers air and fuel to the engine in the proper ratio and volume.

Objectives:

  • Identify different types of carburetors used by small engines.
  • Understand how a carburetor operates.
 

Learning Aids:

  • Carburetor
  • Screwdriver
  • Adjustable Wrench
Practical Exercise 3

The purpose of this small engine practical exercise is to help you apply your knowledge of small engine electrical systems and fuel systems to some real-life examples. Answer questions related to hypothetical scenarios, photos of actual engines and parts, and electrical diagrams.

Engine disassembly is a process in which all the parts of an engine are removed from the engine block.

Objectives:

  • Disassemble small gasoline engines.
  • List and describe the basic steps that can be used to disassemble any engine, including two-stroke and four-stroke engines.
Learn the procedure of rebuilding an engine.

Objectives:

  • Understand the process to inspect, measure, and recondition an engine’s “lower-end” components, which include the crankshaft and the cylinder.
  • Examine the measuring instruments and tools involved in typical rebuilds.
Continue your investigation of the engine rebuilding process by examining the procedures used to rebuild the "upper end" of the engine.

Objective:

  • Understand the procedure to inspect, measure, and recondition pistons, valves, and cylinder heads.
Once properly reassembled, a rebuilt engine should perform as though it were new.

Objectives:

  • Reassemble engine components.
  • Understand general reassembly procedures.
  • Apply these procedures to four-stroke and two-stroke engines.
  • Competently troubleshoot small engine problems.
Practical Exercise 4

The purpose of this small engine practical exercise is to help you apply your knowledge of small engine electrical systems and fuel systems to some real-life examples. Answer questions related to hypothetical scenarios, photos of actual engines and parts, and electrical diagrams.

The power train is designed to transfer power from the engine to the machine’s work point, which is the part of the machine that’s driven by the engine - the driving wheels, blades, tines, auger, and so on.

Objectives:

  • Understand different types of drivetrains that are found in outdoor power equipment systems.
  • Explain the power flows through the system.
  • Systematically test, observe, evaluate, and repair transmission systems.
Learn the basic operation of rotary lawn mowers and riding mowers.

Objectives:

  • Know and operate various components of rotary lawn mowers.
  • Apply routine maintenance procedures that are used to keep rotary lawn mowers in good running condition.
  • Troubleshoot problems in lawn mowers and riding mowers.
Riding mowers and garden tractors contain many of the same components.

Objective:

  • Understand the construction and operation of riding mowers and garden tractors.
  • Maintain and troubleshoot riding mowers and garden tractors.
Practical Exercise 5

The purpose of this small engine practical exercise is to help you apply your knowledge of lawn mower, riding mower, and garden tractor servicing to some real-life examples. Answer questions related to hypothetical scenarios, illustrations of actual machines and parts, and manufacturer's information.

See how to keep gasoline and diesel engines - and the equipment they power - running smoothly.

Objectives:

  • Develop a schedule of preventative maintenance based on a machine’s hours of operation, the seasonal changes, and the performance record for that type of equipment.
  • Advocate preventive maintenance by informing customers of the cost benefits of periodic service.
As a technician, you’ll need to constantly apply the information you learn in this unit to the machinery you want to repair.

Objectives:

  • Select the right nuts and bolts for a specific repair situation.
  • Describe the working components of a wide selection of outdoor power equipment.
  • Explain how to avoid many repairs through better care and service of equipment.
Practical Exercise 6

The purpose of this small engine practical exercise is to help you apply your knowledge of outdoor power equipment servicing to some real-life examples. Answer questions related to hypothetical scenarios and illustrations of actual machines and parts.

An outboard engine is a special type of small engine that’s used to drive a boat. If you live in an area where watersports and fishing are common recreational activities, you may be called on to repair outboard engines.

Objectives:

  • Understand the components of the outboard engine.
  • Describe the basic operation of outboard engines.
  • Troubleshoot, maintain, and repair outboard engines.
If you’re interested in opening small engine repair businesses, this course provides information about how to get started.

Objectives:

  • Identify the steps necessary to start your own small engine repair business.
  • Efficiently manage a small engine business.
Practical Exercise 7

The purpose of this practical exercise is to help you apply your knowledge of outdoor power equipment servicing and business ownership to some real-life examples. Answer questions about provided business scenarios.

Graduation Gift

When you graduate, you'll receive

(Sent to you when all program requirements and financial obligations have been met.)

  • Four-Cycle Service and Repair Manual (Briggs and Stratton)
  • OPE Certification Exam Prep Book

Additional Details

Licensing and/or certification requirements for jobs in this field are not the same in every state and may include educational, testing, and/or experiential requirements beyond those offered in the Penn Foster Program. Prospective students should contact the state professional licensing board or similar regulatory body in the state(s) where they plan to work to determine their requirements before enrolling in this Program. Click here for contact information for state licensing/regulatory boards and certain industry licensing information.
Penn Foster Career School is not approved or regulated as a school by the Maryland Higher Education Commission.
Students enrolled in the Small Engine Repair Career Diploma Program are eligible for discounted rates for the Fix my Hog premium online how-to videos. This video resource site can serve as a supplement to your Penn Foster Career School program, but is not required to complete your coursework. Learn more about this offer here.
Students enrolled in the Small Engine Repair Program are eligible to participate in the Snap-on Student Excellence Program. This program allows students in trades and technology education programs to purchase high-quality Snap-on tools at a preferred student discount. Some restrictions may apply for total purchase and quantities of certain items. Click here to see the new Snap-on Catalog.
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Sample Small Engine Repair Lesson

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