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Small Engine Repair (SER)

(Ventress Correctional Facility)

Program Description:

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.

Career Opportunities:

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.

Skills Needed:

  • 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.

Expected Earnings/Salary:

  • 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.


(Course Requirements)(pdf)

Contact Information

Mr. Tim Price
Small Engine Repair Instructor
E-mail: tprice@wallace.edu
334-687-3543x2108 - Ventress