Small Engines/Recreational Vehicle Repair

Course Overview

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 course, 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 course 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 some of LCTI’s high school 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 course is accredited by the following organization:

EETC (Equipment & Engine Training Council)

Course details

Course length: 9 months


Tentative schedule: 8:15 am – 2:45 pm, M-F

Credentials & college credit

Students who complete our course earn the following industry-recognized credentials:

  • Certified Emissions Inspector and Certified Safety Inspector via PennDOT
  • Apprentice, Technician & Certified Technician via Honda Engines
  • Various certifications via Briggs & Stratton, ECHO and STIHL

Students who complete our course are well-positioned to earn associate degrees at the following school(s):

  • Motorcycle Mechanics Institute.

Career Pathways

with credentials earned at LCTI:

  • Motorboat Technician
  • Motorcycle Technician
  • Power Equipment Technician

with credentials + experience:

  • Manufacturers’ Representative
  • Motorcycle Shop Owner
  • Service/Parts Manager

with more postsecondary training or college degree:

  • Aircraft Technician
  • Mechanical Engineering Technician
  • Mechanical Engineer

Learn more about potential career pathways.

If you’d like more information in regards to Adult Workforce Education, please contact Amy Rex at 610-799-1316 or Individual tours are available by appointment.

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