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  • Meet the CTE Center Instructor:

    Alan Heikkila (Small Gasoline Engines levels I and II)
    Daniel Heikkila (Introduction to Small Gasoline Engines)

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    Do you like to figure out what's wrong with something, then fix it? If you think it would be fun to diagnose, repair, reassemble, adjust and overhaul outdoor power equipment such as dirt bikes, go carts, outboard motors, and lawn mower engines then you might be well suited as a Small Engine Repair Mechanic. Small gasoline engines power more machines now than ever before and they all need serviced, maintained and fixed from time to time. 

    The term 'small engines' can be somewhat misunderstood since the size of an engine is relative.  In this CTE pathway the term is used to refer to gas-powered engines that produce less than 25 horsepower (hp).  The term 'outdoor power equipment' refers to the type of equipment that is powered by small gasoline engines. Many different companies manufacture power equipment although most of these engines are made by Briggs and Stratton, Tecumseh, Honda, and Kohler.  Outdoor power equipment technicians typically have the advantage of deciding between these well-known business as to who they prefer to work for, or they open their own shop. In compare with the auto industry, the start-up costs are much less. The cost of the tools and equipment to get started are much less and even the specialized tools are relatively inexpensive plus, the amount of space needed is comparatively small as well.

Small Gasoline Engines Pathway

  • The West Ada Career Technical Education (CTE) Small Gasoline Engines Pathway is designed to offer students a way to earn industry certificates and obtain the knowledge and skills needed to enter the workforce after graduating from high school.  With some determination and dedication on the part of students, the pathway curriculum will guide them from being able to confidentally change out parts at the beginning to transforming them into a skilled troubleshooter by the conclusion of the senior-level capstone class . This is done by learning how equipment operates, practicing repairs and most importantly, diagnostic experience with troubleshooting engine issues. One of the best ways to demonstrate to a potential employer that you are skilled, is to complete a certified program. Through this pathway, students who master the skills and coursework knowledge, are able to earn an Equipment and Engine Training Council (EETC)/2-4 Stroke Engine as well as a STIHL Bronze Level Training Certification

    Pathway Classes:

    Introduction to Small Gasoline Engines (one semester, taught at most zoned-home high schools and the CTE Center)

    Introduction to Mechanics - a recommended semester, one credit class taught at Rocky Mountain and Mountain View High Schools and also, the CTE Center - Meridian Campus.

    CTE Center - Meridian Campus Classes:

    Advanced Small Gasoline Engines 1 - a year-long 2 credit class.

    Advanced Small Gasoline Engines II - a year-long 2 credit class.

    Also available - Pathway Brochures

    For complete details, see the CTE Magnet Program section of the most current edition of the Course Description Handbook. 

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