Instruction Set 1
Identifying and implementing a successful study method; planning when, where, and how you'll study; creating effective and efficient study tools, using study tools to improve chances for success.
Introduction to Small Engine Repair
Introduction to the small engine field and OPE repair; tools and tool usage; shop and equipment safety.
Instruction Set 2
Small Engine Parts and Operations
Introduction to small engine terminology and operation theory; basic engine components; major engine systems.
Practical Exercise 1
Instruction Set 3
Small Engine Lubrication and Cooling Systems
Basic components, lubricants, and coolants used.
Small Engine Ignition Systems
Electrical theory and terminology; ignition system operation, service, and troubleshooting.
Practical Exercise 2
Instruction Set 4
Small Engine Electrical Systems
Basic circuit theory; DC and AC power sources; troubleshooting and repair of small engine starting, charging, and accessory circuits.
Small Engine Fuel Systems
Fuels used to power OPE; carburetor operation and related engine components.
Practical Exercise 3
Instruction Set 5
Disassembling a four-stroke and two-stroke engine.
Engine Rebuild: Part 1
Using precision measuring instruments; reading service manuals; replacing worn engine parts.
Engine Rebuild: Part 2
Pistons, rings, connecting rods, crankshafts, and valves.
Reassembling the two-stroke and four-stroke engine; engine starting and troubleshooting.
Practical Exercise 4
Instruction Set 6
Power Transmission Systems
Transferring power from the engine to working equipment; drives, clutches, transmissions, final drives, and differentials.
Servicing Lawn Mowers and Riding Mowers
Theory of operation, maintenance, troubleshooting, and repair of lawn mowers.
Servicing Garden Tractors
Transmissions, electrical, steering, and braking systems of complex garden tractor systems.
Practical Exercise 5
Instruction Set 7
Servicing Two-Stroke and Four-Stroke Power Equipment: Part 1
Basic maintenance and servicing procedures necessary for most forms of OPE.
Servicing Two-Stroke and Four-Stroke Power Equipment: Part 2
Servicing and repair procedures for many types of outdoor power equipment.
Practical Exercise 6
Instruction Set 8
Servicing Outboard Engines
Differences between standard small engines and marine craft engines; servicing and maintenance tips.
Your Outdoor Power Equipment Repair Business
Opportunities in the field; starting your own business and basic management skills; successful merchandising.
Supplement: Work Experience Option
Practical Exercise 7
(Sent to you when all program requirements and financial obligations have been met.)
• Four-Cycle Service and Repair Manual (Briggs and Stratton®)
• OPE Certification Exam Prep. Book (Helps the student prepare to take the nationally
recognized OPE technician certification exam.)