VSM-101 Introduction to Small Engine Repair

Course Description:
This is an introductory course to small engine repair. It covers in-depth topics of safety in the workshop; use and application of hand tools, workshop equipment and materials, special tools, and theory and operation of small engines.

A. PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES (PLOs):
The student will be able to:

  1. Practice proper safety procedures to ensure healthy work environment.
  2. Use small engine tools and equipment.
  3. Perform small engine preventative maintenance.
  4. Demonstrate basic troubleshooting and repair of small engines.
  5. Overhaul two and four-stroke small engines.

B. STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES (SLOs) – GENERAL:        
The student will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of general workshop rules.
  2. Demonstrate safety common sense when working with shop equipment and engines.
  3. Identify hand tools, measuring tools, and specialized tools and demonstrate or explain their application and safe use.
  4. Identify internal combustion engine types and their classification and explain engine power factors.

SLO

PLO1

PLO2

PLO3

PLO4

PLO5

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I

D

D

D

D,M

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D

 

 

 

3

 

D

 

 

 

4

M

M

D

 

D

I = Introduced
D = Demonstrated
M = Mastered

C. STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES (SLOs) - SPECIFIC:
The student will be able to:

General SLO 1. Demonstrate an understanding of general workshop rules.


Student Learning Outcomes

Assessment Strategy

1.1 Enumerate workshop safety rules and explain the need to adhere to them.

Written test or short answer questions

1.2 Identify rules on personal safety and explain the reason for each.

Written test or short answer questions

1.3 Demonstrate safety procedures in dealing with spilled flammable chemicals in the workshop.

Practical exercises and/or test

1.4 Demonstrate safe handling of a battery in the workshop.

Practical exercises and/or test

1.5 Demonstrate a positive attitude towards personal safety.

Practical exercises and/or test

1.6 Explain how to prevent a fire.

Short answer questions

General SLO 2. Demonstrate safety common sense when working with shop equipment and engines.


Student Learning Outcomes

Assessment Strategy

2.1 Demonstrate safety awareness and practical common sense at all times when working on the following equipment: such as electric drill motor, drill press, bench grinder, valve face grinder, power tools, lifting devices, oxygen/acetylene torch, and engines.

 

Practical exercises and/or test and/or multiple choice questions

General SLO 3. Identify hand tools, measuring tools and specialized tools and demonstrate or explain their application and safe use.


Student Learning Outcomes

Assessment Strategy

3.1 Identify and demonstrate use of the following tools such as: hand tools, vise, hacksaw, twist drills, tap and die set, extractors, puller, feeler gauge, micrometer, dial caliper, and plastigage.

 

Practical exercises and/or test and/or multiple choice questions and/or short answer questions

General SLO 4. Identify internal combustion engine types and their classification and explain engine power factors.


Student Learning Outcomes

Assessment Strategy

4.1 Identify engine internal and external parts.

Short answer questions

4.2 Enumerate engine types and classification.

Short answer questions

4.3 Calculate piston displacement on a given engine.

Practical exercises and/or test

4.4 Explain work, force, torque and power concepts.

Short answer questions

D. COURSE CONTENT

  1. Preventive safety:

    Cover general workplace safety rules, personal safety, safety with engines, fire protection rules, flammable liquids, workplace chemicals, and battery safety.

  2. Safety on tools, equipment, and materials:

    Cover various equipment such as: electric drill motor, drill press, bench grinder, valve face grinder, electric portable drill machine, lifting devices, oxygen/acetylene torch, hand tools, clamps or vise, hacksaw, twist drills, tap and die set, extractors, and mechanical puller.

  3. Measuring and special tools:

    Practical use and interpretation of measuring tools such as vernier caliper, feeler gauge, micrometer, plastigage, rpm gauge, pressure and vacuum gauges. Also cover special tools such as cylinder hone and valve remover.

  4. Engine theory and components:

    Internal and external small engine parts, engine classification, internal combustion engine types, the need to control pollution, piston displacement, and engine power factors.

  5. METHODS OF INSTRUCTION

Computer Aided Instruction
Practical/Experimentation
Lecture/Demonstration

F.  REQUIRED TEXT(S) AND COURSE MATERIALS
William Schuster (1998), Small Engine Technology, 2nd edition. KY, Florence (or most recent edition).
Toolkit
Calculator

G.  REFERENCE MATERIALS
Selected films, charts and manufacturer service manuals.

H.  INSTRUCTIONAL COSTS
None

I.   EVALUATION
Students must achieve 70% mastery or a “C” grade to pass this course.

J.   CREDIT BY EXAMINATION
None

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