Small Engine Repair (SER)
(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.
Graduates of the Small Engine Repair program may become employed as a mechanic, service technician, small engine mechanic, outdoor power equipment service technician, golf cart mechanic, lawnmower repair mechanic, small engine technician , or small engine repair instructor.
- Repairing — Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.
- Equipment Maintenance — Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
- Troubleshooting — Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
- Operation and Control — Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
- Operation Monitoring — Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
- Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
- Quality Control Analysis — Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
- Active Listening — Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
- Equipment Selection — Determining the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.
- Complex Problem Solving — Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
- Earnings for Small Engine Repair graduates as reported by the U.S. Department of Labor 2015-2016 Occupational Outlook Handbook are as follows:
- Annual median wages of a small engine mechanic was $34,650 in May 2015.
- The lowest 10 percent earned less than $21,610, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $54,880.
Mr. Tim Price
Small Engine Repair Instructor
334-687-3543x2108 - Ventress