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Briggs and Stratton Resources and Training

Sunday, June 01, 2008

Briggs and Stratton
Briggs and Stratton offer many opportunities for agricultural instructors, including a free engine program, Vo-Ed Instructor Factory Training, resource materials, and more.  More information can be found at
ID:  voed_schools   Password: briggs


Advanced Engine Technology 

(Dealer Tech or Advanced Vo-Ed Instructor) – 4 Days
Major engine systems, carburetion, ignition, compression and lubrication are explored in the kind of detail that satisfies those that are driven by a yearning to know how a Briggs & Stratton engine really works. You'll start your week with a bang by destroying a brand new engine and springboard straight into failure analysis. The "repair" process carries you through individual engine systems. You'll stop at carburetors for half a day and explore them in detail. A hands-on approach is used, and you'll leave able to understand and identify all the circuits found in modern day carburetors. Fuels and emissions are reviewed in detail. An in-depth troubleshooting exercise follows using running engines with various "bugs."

Another half day is devoted to electrical components, charging, ignition and starting systems. After a thorough review of electricity and electrical terms, charging systems are identified, defined and actually tested for output on running engines. Next, you'll delve into ignition system history, theory and troubleshooting. Other topics covered are surface finishes, measurements, compression components and more. You'll get a chance to practice what you've experienced. If this isn't enough, you get a money back guarantee!
Advanced Electrical & Fuel Delivery Systems 
(Dealer Tech or Advanced Vo-Ed Instructor) – 4 Days
With an ever increasing volume of electric start engines equipped with alternators and other electrical devices being built today, a thorough knowledge of systematic electrical troubleshooting is required. The first goal of this program is to remove the "FEAR" of electrical components and the servicing of electrical systems. Many opportunities for service work are lost because a technician lacks electrical troubleshooting experience and/or has a built-in fear of tackling electrical problems. After learning the facts about electricity, we move on to a comprehensive, stair step approach to learning systematic troubleshooting by understanding "why" and "how" a component works. Then you move on to the actual function with hands-on learning. The technician will gain confidence and increase their ability to do systematic troubleshooting following the step-by-step approach to learning. Many hours of valuable hands-on training will transform what appears to be very complicated systems into a series of very manageable troubleshooting exercises. Electrical systems will no longer be the mysterious black hole they once appeared to be.

For a change of pace, the second part of this program is spent on fuels and carburetion. Fuels, emissions and carburetor theory are discussed in depth. Specific carburetors representing the major engine families will be disassembled and studied, including the newer 2-barrel found on 20 HP Vanguard™ V-Twin engines. This exercise is slanted towards understanding and troubleshooting fuel systems.
Beginner Vo-Ed Training
(Beginner Vo-Ed Instructors) - 4 Days
Are you new to small engines, and just don't know where to start? Then this is the class for you. We begin with an introduction to the Outdoor Power Equipment industry, which leads us to the necessity of today's small engine. You will learn how to properly identify a Briggs and Stratton engine along with how to obtain support information. Special attention will be given to how to obtain this information via the Internet. (If you have a lap-top computer with wireless internet capabilities, be sure to bring it with!)
Four-cycle theory is the heart of what makes a small engine tick and will be discussed in detail. This leads to the explanation of engine systems from A to Z including governors, carburetion, compression, ignition and lubrication in detail and in a "hands-on" fashion wherever possible. We will also cover proper fuel and oil requirements so that you can instruct basic engine maintenance to your students.
Theory is strengthened through workshop labs. Two complete engine teardowns and reassemblies will be performed. You will learn the difference between "L-Head" and OHV style engines as well as vertical and horizontal configurations. A complete engine tear down and reassembly integrates the how-it-works with the why-it-works. Pay close attention, your engines must run upon reassembly! Time will also be devoted to carburetors, which will include theory as well as a hands on activity tracing fuel and air circuits. In addition, you will receive CD's that contain PowerPoint presentations on the above exercises so that you will be able to teach the same concepts and procedures in your own classroom!

Experienced Vo-Ed Training
(Advanced Vo-Ed Instructors) - 4 Days
This school requires that the attendee has been teaching small engines for several years, or has attended a previous Briggs & Stratton Vo-Ed school, or has basic small engine knowledge. The focus of this school is to concentrate on more advanced concepts, which include troubleshooting and making teaching props for the instructor to use back at
their school.
Advanced topics pick up from where the basics ended and include more hands on activity. Compression systems will include performing a 3-angle valve job. Carburetor systems will look at different types of carburetors along with a hands-on troubleshooting activity. Like wise, alternator systems will be covered in depth with an activity to measure engine electrical output.
This school will also focus on making teaching props to help the instructor make complex subjects easier to understand and teach. In many cases, making a cut-away of a component will reveal the inside story of how it works. Significant time will be devoted to making cut-aways of carburetors. We will also look at making a simple device to show the Venturi effect within carburetors.
In addition, an overview will be devoted to additional Briggs & Stratton products. We will look at multi-cylinder engines including both air and liquid cooled engines. As time permits, an introduction to our Yard and Power Products will also
be given. This can include portable generators and or pressure washers.
Enrollment is limited – act immediately by completing the VOED Instructor School application
You will be notified directly by Briggs & Stratton's Customer Education Department upon acceptance.
Course Benefits & Incentives
• Network with fellow technicians or instructors
• Lots of one-on-one attention (typical class size is 10 - 20 students)
• Visit Briggs & Stratton Power House and Promotional Store
Course Training Fee Includes
• 5 Nights Lodging – Sunday through Thursday  (double occupancy rate)
• 4 Breakfasts
• 4 Lunches
• 1 Evening Event/Banquet
• All Course Materials
• Transportation Between the Training Facility and Place of Lodging
• Framed Certificate to Qualifying Graduates
Course Schedule

June 16-19, 2008
July 14-17, 2008
 July 28-31, 2008

NOTE: Briggs & Stratton may cancel scheduled classes if there is insufficient pre-registration. If cancellation does
occur, Briggs & Stratton will promptly notify you of alternate dates available, but will not accept liability for non-refundable travel tickets.
Course Fee's

Course Title Course Fee Course Fee - No Lodging   *MST Fee 
 *MSSD or Purchaser of the CE9001 Kit
ADVANCED ENGINE TECHNOLOGY  $845.00  $545.00  $745.00  $300.00
ADVANCED ELECTRICAL & FUEL  $799.00  $499.00  $699.00  $300.00
BEGINNER VO-ED TEACHERS TRAINING  $775.00  $475.00   $675.00   $300.00
EXPERIENCED VO-ED TEACHERS TRAINING  $845.00  $545.00  $745.00  $300.00

*MST'S, MSSD Dealers, and Educational Facilities that have purchased the CE9001 OHV Engine Training Program Kit are eligible for reduced course fees.
• MST's receive a $100.00 discount on each school.
• MSSD's receive one free course every season (excludes lodging or transportation).
• Purchasers of CE9001 Training Kit receive one FREE course (excludes lodging or transportation). FREE course offer is valid for up to 2-years from date of purchase of CE9001 Training Kit. Include a copy of the invoice for the CE9001 Training Kit with your application.
Continuing Education Credit from UW-Stout
To receive credit for attendance at an approved Technical Service School you must be registered as a student at UW-Stout and at the respective Technical Service School prior to undertaking the training.  There is no limit to the number of credits which may be earned in this manner, but a maximum of six semester hours may be applied towards degree programs at UW-Stout with the consent of the program director.  Work at the Technical Service School is credited at one credit per week of training.  The Technical Service School will certify the completion of the course and grade received.
Generally, the following guide is used to award credit:
0-39 clock hours of instruction = .5 semester hour credit
40-79 clock hours of instruction = 1 semester hour credit
80-119 clock hours of instruction = 2 semester hour credits
120-159 clock hours of instruction = 3 semester hour credits
If you have an undergraduate degree, you will be charged graduate level fees.
▪  $331.62 per credit (new first time entry graduate student after fall 2005)
▪  $399.08 per credit (continuing graduate student registered before fall 2005)
▪ Undergraduate level credit fees are $242.41 per credit.     
Print and complete the UW-Stout Application and Payment Plan Agreement forms found at: and  and send with your tuition check made payable to UW Stout to:
            Sandy White
            Outreach Services
            140 Vocational Rehabilitation Bldg
            University of Wisconsin-Stout
            Menomonie, WI  54751
Ph:  715-232-1610       Fax:  715-232-3385         Email: [email protected]
The Grade Report and Technical Service Approval School forms need to be printed and given to your instructor.  You will be informed when your registration is complete.  Contact the Registration and Records Office if you need an official transcript sent to you.
Diane Weisenbeck
College of Technology, Engineering & Management
281 Tech Wing – Jarvis Hall
715-232-5263 Fax: 715-232-1274
Briggs & Stratton and The EETC
Briggs & Stratton is a strong supporter of the Equipment and Engine Training Council (EETC). The EETC is deeply involved in two distinct areas, technician certification and development of educational facilities to teach equipment and engine curriculum. Attending a Briggs & Stratton course will help the technicians with fundamental knowledge that can be applied to EETC certification tests. Additional Information can also to be supplied to Vo-Ed Instructors for developing an accredited EETC educational facility. For additional EETC information log on to

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