All-terrain vehicles, jet skis and chainsaws — they serve different purposes but share a key characteristic: small engines! In our Small Engines/Recreational Vehicle Repair program, students learn how small engine technicians keep the vehicles Americans use on the job and at play in top form. They master the following skills while working with everything from Briggs + Stratton-powered push mowers to Harley Davidson motorcycles:
- Servicing and repairing two-cycle and four-cycle gas engines; overhauling four-cycle engines
- Servicing and repairing starting systems, plus ignition and charging systems
- Servicing and repairing electronic, mechanical and GDiesel® fuel systems, as well as governors
- Servicing and repairing braking systems, clutches and equipment drives
- Servicing and repairing liquid cooling, lubrication and exhaust systems
Instruction begins with fundamentals like shop safety and proper tool use before moving to advanced activities like troubleshooting an electrical starting system and engine overhauls. Students hone their skills with hands-on training in a program lab outfitted with nine hydraulic vehicle lifts, a chassis dynamometer and other industry-standard equipment.
Supervised by their instructor, students gain real-world experience as they service outdoor power equipment for LCTI’s Applied Horticulture and Indoor/Outdoor Maintenance programs, as well as school staffers. Upperclassmen are encouraged to secure internships or co-op positions at local shops and dealerships.
Our Small Engines/Recreational Vehicle Repair program is accredited by the following organization:
EETC (Equipment & Engine Training Council)