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Small Engine Repair (SER)


(Ventress Correctional Facility)

Program Description:

The Small Engine Repair program prepares individuals to apply technical knowledge and skills to repair, service, and maintain small internal-combustion engines used on portable power equipment such as lawnmowers, chain saws, rotary tillers, and snowmobiles.

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 2010-2011 Occupational Outlook Handbook are as follows:
  • Median wages of outdoor power equipment and other small engine mechanics were $13.91 an hour in May 2008.
  • The middle 50 percent earned between $11.24 and $17.03 per hour.
  • The lowest 10 percent earned less than $9.12, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $20.40 per hour.
  • Median hourly wages in lawn and garden equipment and supplies stores, the industry employing the largest number of outdoor power equipment and other small engine mechanics, were $13.66 per hour.

CATALOG INFORMATION (Course Requirements)(pdf)

Contact Information

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