Online Small Engine Repair Course

Why ICS Canada?

  • DEAC Accredited
  • Self-Paced
  • Supportive
  • Low monthly payments

Program Overview

You can complete ICS Canada’s online Small Engine Repair Career Diploma course in as little as four months. With ICS Canada you can train to take the first step towards a new career at home and at a pace that’s right for you.

You’ll learn how to troubleshoot and repair small gasoline engines with hands-on exercises and tools, as well as disassemble and rebuild all types of small engines, including two-stroke, four-stroke, outboard, and riding mower engines.¹

Curriculum Details

Program Goal and Outcomes

Program Goal

The Small Engine Repair program provides students with a working knowledge of basic small engine repair to gain employment in the small engine repair field.

Program Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, students will be able to:

  • Understand the role of a small engine technician and the career opportunities in the outdoor power equipment field
  • Describe the basic operation of small engines and identify the parts of a typical small engine
  • Discuss the theory and operation of the cooling, lubrication, and fuel of a typical small engine
  • Describe the theory and operation of the electrical systems of a small engine, including the operation of the ignition system
  • Describe how to disassemble, rebuild, and reassemble a typical two-stroke and four-stroke engine
  • Identify the types of drive trains found in outdoor power equipment and summarize how to service lawn and riding mowers as well as garden tractors
  • Identify the typical troubleshooting and repair procedures for the most common types of outdoor power equipment
  • Describe the ownership and management of an outdoor power equipment repair business

Instruction Set 1

Learning Strategies

The advantages of learning at home; types of study materials; types of examinations; accessing and using the features of our website; determining what kind of learner you are; establishing a study schedule; using study tips; preparing for and taking examinations.

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 Operation

Introduction to small engine terminology and operation theory; basic engine components; major engine systems.

Practical Exercise 1

The purpose of this small engine practical exercise is to help you apply your knowledge of engine components and operation to some real-life examples. Answer questions related to hypothetical scenarios and photos of actual engines.

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

The purpose of this small engine practical exercise is to help you apply your knowledge of small engine lubrication, cooling, and ignition systems to some real-life examples. Answer questions related to hypothetical scenarios and photos of actual engines.

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.

Additional Materials

Equipment:

  • Carburetor
  • Screwdriver
Practical Exercise 3

The purpose of this small engine practical exercise is to help you apply your knowledge of small engine electrical systems and fuel systems to some real-life examples. Answer questions related to hypothetical scenarios, photos of actual engines and parts, and electrical diagrams.

Instruction Set 5

Engine Disassembly

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.

Engine Reassembly

Reassembling the two-stroke and four-stroke engine; engine starting and troubleshooting.

Practical Exercise 4

The purpose of this small engine practical exercise is to help you apply your knowledge of small engine electrical systems and fuel systems to some real-life examples. Answer questions related to hypothetical scenarios, photos of actual engines and parts, and electrical diagrams.

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

The purpose of this small engine practical exercise is to help you apply your knowledge of lawn mower, riding mower, and garden tractor servicing to some real-life examples. Answer questions related to hypothetical scenarios, illustrations of actual machines and parts, and manufacturer's information.

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

The purpose of this small engine practical exercise is to help you apply your knowledge of outdoor power equipment servicing to some real-life examples. Answer questions related to hypothetical scenarios and illustrations of actual machines and parts.

Instruction Set 8

Servicing Outboard Engines

Differences between standard small engines and marine craft engines; servicing and maintenance tips.

Government Requirements for Launching a  SOHO Enterprise

Registration and incorporation of a business; tax collection; payroll remittances; tax payments; local or special permits.

Additional Material

Supplement: Work Experience Option

Practical Exercise 7

The purpose of this practical exercise is to help you apply your knowledge of outdoor power equipment servicing and business ownership to some real-life examples. Answer questions about provided business scenarios.

Graduation Gift

When you graduate, you'll receive

(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

Computer Specifications
As you know this is an online academic program. This means you will need high-speed internet access to begin your program. In addition, you will need access to a Microsoft® Windows® based computer running Windows 7® or later or an Apple® Mac® computer running OS X® or later, and an email account to participate in and complete your program.

We reserve the right to change program content and materials when it becomes necessary.
In order to further enhance your performance in this field, ICS has researched and recommended specific practical activities designed to complement your course work.
To ensure that you acquire the manual skills which are important in this program area, we encourage you to follow all of the course instructions.
Every province/territory has its own apprenticeship requirements in certain trade and technical areas. In a particular field, it may be necessary for the graduate to complete an apprenticeship before he/she is qualified to practice in their field.

Sample Lesson

To view a Small Engine Repair sample lesson, click here.

Outdoor Power Equipment (OPE) Certification

Outdoor Power Equipment (OPE) exams are voluntary international certification exams taken through the Equipment & Engine Training Council. The only way to become OPE-certified is to successfully complete these certification exams. This program includes the OPE Certification Exam Prep Book to help you prepare for the two and four-stroke engine OPE examinations.

Small Engine Repair Student Discount Program

Fix My Hog Video Resources
Students enrolled in the Small Engine Repair Program are eligible for discounted rates for the Fix My Hog online garage full of premium online how-to videos. This video resource site can serve as a supplement to your ICS Canada program, but is not required to complete your course. Learn more about this offer here.

 

Online small engine repair course

Small engine repair mechanics maintain and repair a variety of small engines, ignition systems, and fuel systems. Here are a few qualities that effective small engine repair technicians have in common:

  • Detail oriented: It’s important to have a sharp eye and check things twice.
  • Problem solver: Finding the missing piece can be rewarding and fun.
  • Persistent: You work until the job is done, and done well.
  • Honest: You are ethical in your work for customers.

"I chose to further my education and accounting knowledge with ICS Canada while working as an accounting clerk, which allowed me to move up within the company at which I am currently working. Studying with ICS Canada was a great experience, and the instructors were very helpful when it came to resolving any issues I had while studying."

- Sean S., ICS Canada graduate

"I have taken three diploma courses with ICS Canada. It has been very rewarding and challenging. I love to increase my knowledge level and share experiences. ICS Canada is great. Enrol! The contact with them is always very pleasant. You feel like a part of the ICS team."

- Connie K., ICS Canada graduate

Your program includes:

  • Customized payment plans with 0% interest
  • Books and learning aids
  • Study Planner App to customize your study plans and keep track of your progress
  • Instructional support from our experienced faculty
  • Your personalized online student homepage and learning portal
  • Exclusive access to ICS Canada’s Student and Alumni Facebook Group
  • Additional resources such as our online library and career guidance from Career Cruising

What certifications are linked to the Small Engine Repair program?

Students are eligible to sit for numerous certification examinations upon completion of the Small Engine Repair training program. Students also receive preparatory materials for the Outdoor Power Equipment (OPE) two and four-stroke engine certification tests through the Equipment & Engine Training Council. OPE certification is a voluntary international certification designation. The only way to become OPE-certified is to successfully complete the certification exams. This program contains the OPE Certification Exam Prep Book to help you prepare for OPE two and four-stroke engine certification examinations.

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¹ In order to enhance your performance in this field. ICS Canada has researched and recommended specific practical activities designed to complement your coursework. To ensure that you acquire the manual skills which are important in this program area, we encourage you to follow all of the course instruction.