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
Instruction Set 1
Starting Your Program
Succeed by learning how to use your Penn Foster program. Understand how to use your Student Portal, including your My Homepage and My Courses pages; access the Penn Foster Community and use it to find answers; and connect with Penn Foster on various social media sites.
Introduction to Small Engine Repair
Introduction to the small engine field and OPE repair; tools and tool usage; shop and equipment safety.
Instruction Set 2
Small Engine Parts and Operations
Introduction to small engine terminology and operation theory; basic engine components; major engine systems.
Practical Exercise 1
Instruction Set 3
Small Engine Lubrication and Cooling Systems
Basic components, lubricants, and coolants used.
Small Engine Ignition Systems
Electrical theory and terminology; ignition system operation, service, and troubleshooting.
Practical Exercise 2
Instruction Set 4
Small Engine Electrical Systems
Basic circuit theory; DC and AC power sources; troubleshooting and repair of small engine starting, charging, and accessory circuits.
Small Engine Fuel Systems
Fuels used to power OPE; carburetor operation and related engine components.
Practical Exercise 3
Instruction Set 5
Disassembling a four-stroke and two-stroke engine.
Engine Rebuild: Part 1
Using precision measuring instruments; reading service manuals; replacing worn engine parts.
Engine Rebuild: Part 2
Pistons, rings, connecting rods, crankshafts, and valves.
Reassembling the two-stroke and four-stroke engine; engine starting and troubleshooting.
Practical Exercise 4
Instruction Set 6
Power Transmission Systems
Transferring power from the engine to working equipment; drives, clutches, transmissions, final drives, and differentials.
Servicing Lawn Mowers and Riding Mowers
Theory of operation, maintenance, troubleshooting, and repair of lawn mowers.
Servicing Garden Tractors
Transmissions, electrical, steering, and braking systems of complex garden tractor systems.
Practical Exercise 5
Instruction Set 7
Servicing Two-Stroke and Four-Stroke Power Equipment: Part 1
Basic maintenance and servicing procedures necessary for most forms of OPE.
Servicing Two-Stroke and Four-Stroke Power Equipment: Part 2
Servicing and repair procedures for many types of outdoor power equipment.
Practical Exercise 6
Instruction Set 8
Servicing Outboard Engines
Differences between standard small engines and marine craft engines; servicing and maintenance tips.
Your Outdoor Power Equipment Repair Business
Opportunities in the field; starting your own business and basic management skills; successful merchandising.
Supplement: Work Experience Option
Practical Exercise 7