Small Engine Repair

(Ventress Correctional Facility)

This short certificate program is designed to teach students to repair small gasoline engines. Students receive instruction in the principles of four-stroke cycle and two-stroke cycle engines. Other areas of emphasis are troubleshooting and repair procedures on valves; power producing components; fuel systems; ignition systems; and exhaust, lubrication, and cooling systems.

After completing this program, students will be able to diagnose small engine problems and make repairs to chain saws, lawnmowers, and other similar equipment. Students completing all courses listed in the curriculum will be awarded a certificate. Admission is conditional and depends on the student’s ability to perform the essential functions identified for this program. A high school diploma or GED® is not required; however, students are required to demonstrate college and career readiness. (See Admission to Courses Not Creditable Toward an Associate Degree in the Admissions Policies and Procedures section of this catalog.) Reasonable accommodations are considered.

Degrees and Certificates

Classes

SER 111 : Fundamentals of Small Engine Repair

This course introduces students to the theory and operating principles of internal combustion engines. Emphasis is placed on basic engine systems, special tools and testing equipment, shop safety rules and equipment. Upon completion, students should understand shop rules and be able to identify engine components, identify special tools and demonstrate their use, discuss the process of internal combustion; identify shop safety rules, list engine components and explain their function. Non-degree creditable.

Credits

3

SER 112 : Four-Stroke Cycle Engine

This course covers the service and repair of the four-stroke cycle engines. Emphasis is placed on the function and operating principles of the fuel systems, ignition, starters, exhaust, and lubrication systems. Upon completion, students should understand service and repair procedures for all related engine systems. Nondegree creditable.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

SER 111

Corequisites

SER 111

SER 113 : Four-Stroke Cycle Engine Lab

This course provides students hands-on experience with engine repair and engine troubleshooting techniques. Emphasis is placed on the cylinder block and all internal components, fuel systems, ignition systems, cooling systems, lubrication and exhaust systems. Upon completion, students should be able to apply small engine service and repair procedures. Non-degree creditable.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

SER 111

Corequisites

SER 111

SER 115 : Basic Small Engine Electrical Systems

This course is designed to teach basic small engine electrical system troubleshooting and repair skills. Emphasis will be placed on reading schematics, using electrical test equipment, and removal and replacement of electrical wiring and components. Topics will include charging, starting, and magneto systems. Upon completion students should be able to test and maintain various small engine electrical systems. Non-degree creditable.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

SER 111

Corequisites

SER 111

SER 121 : Two-Stroke Cycle Engine

This course covers the service and repair procedures for the two stroke cycle engine. Emphasis is placed on engine construction, induction systems, carburetion and exhaust systems. Upon completion, students should be able to repair and maintain two- stroke engines. Non-degree creditable.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

SER 111

Corequisites

SER 111

SER 122 : Engine Reconditioning

This course provides the student with the knowledge and techniques involved in the reconditioning of small gasoline engines. Emphasis is placed on valve service, cylinder reboring, bearings and precision measuring tools. Upon completion, students should be able to use inside and outside micrometers, reface valves and valve seats, resize cylinder bores and replace various types of bearings. Non-degree creditable.

Credits

2

Prerequisites

SER 111

Corequisites

SER 111

SER 123 : Engine Reconditioning Lab

This course provides practical experience in troubleshooting and complete reconditioning of small gasoline engines. Emphasis is placed on the correct measuring of crankshafts, connecting rods, pistons, valves and various other engine components. Upon completion, students should be able to resize cylinder bores, perform valve service, replace pistons and rings, time camshafts, set and adjust all components to specifications. Non-degree creditable.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

SER 111

Corequisites

SER 111

SER 124 : Special Projects in Lawn, Garden, and Industrial Engines

This special projects course is designed to augment the required curriculum while meeting the individual needs of the student. Emphasis is placed on hands-on training to further develop the student’s mechanical and diagnostic skills. Upon completion, students should be able to diagnose and repair various lawn and garden, and industrial equipment. Non-degree creditable.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

SER 111

Corequisites

SER 111

SER 132 : Lawn and Garden Equipment Fundamentals

This course covers riding mowers, weed eaters, tillers, edgers, chainsaws and generators. Emphasis is placed on mechanical and electrical systems. Upon completion, students should be able to service and repair mechanical and electrical components of lawn and garden equipment. Non-degree creditable.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

SER 111

Corequisites

SER 111

SER 142 : Chain Saws and String Trimmers

This course is designed to instruct students in the diagnosing and repairing of problems unique to chainsaws and string trimmers. Emphasis is placed on the fuel systems, lubrication systems, drive systems, clutches, right angle drives and cutting chains. Upon completion, students should be able to service and repair chainsaws and string trimmers. Non-degree creditable.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

SER 111

Corequisites

SER 111