Small Engine Technology

Program Overview

The Bridging Communities Small Engine Technology program is recommended for students interested in employment in the small engine repair, power equipment repair, motorcycle repair, or marine craft repair industry. This two-year career and technical program provides students with the opportunity to earn six high school credits and a national industry recognized Equipment & Engine Training Council (EETC) certification in 2 and 4 stroke gasoline engines and power equipment. Students will learn shop procedures, demonstrate safety practices, apply theory and learn the operation, maintenance, and repair of small gasoline two and four stroke engines. Students will diagnose engines and perform procedures for overhaul and reassembly of the engines. Areas of instruction will include fuel systems, electrical systems, ignition and starting systems, and cooling and exhaust systems. Students will have the opportunity to participate in competition through SkillsUSA.

Annual salaries for small engine occupations range from $30,000 to $45,000.

Year 1 of Small Engine Technology - 11th Grade

The junior year program introduces students to basic shop operation and safety procedures, workplace readiness skills for the small engine industry, small engine theory, mechanics, and diagnosis and repair of the fuel system, general electrical system, manual starting system, ignition system, governor system, and exhaust system. Students will earn three high school credits upon successful completion.

High School:

  • 8725 Small Engine Technology I

Prerequisite for enrollment:

Recommendation of school counselor

Year 2 of Small Engine Technology - 12th Grade

The senior year program prepares student in the areas of two and four cycle engine and diesel engine reconditioning, tune-up, fuel injection systems, liquid cooling systems, electrical systems and engine failure analysis. Students will learn diagnosis and repair of power equipment (2 and 4 cycle engine, lawn mower, chain saw, etc.) as well as motorcycle, small marine engine, and jet ski equipment. Students will perform all aspects of operating a power equipment shop. Students will earn three high school credits upon successful completion of the course. Students may earn an EETC 2 and 4 cycle engine industry certification and an EETC Power Equipment industry certification.

High School:

  • 8726 Small Engine Technology II

Prerequisite for year two:

Successful Completion of Small Engine Technology I with a minimum grade of "C" or higher and instructor's recommendation