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Small Engines Training - 3 days - July 18-20 - Rend Lake College

Monday, May 15, 2017

*Sent to all college and high school ag teachers.

Hi Ag Teachers-

I am working with Briggs and Stratton to present a 3 day training...July 18,19,20(Tues, Wed, Thur) at Rend Lake College in Ina south of Mt. Vernon.  The training is limited to 20 ag teachers, I have 5 seats left. To reserve your spot, click on this link.   At least 1 and maybe 2+ engines will be given to each participant.   See attached registration form.


If you are an instructor who is relatively new teaching small engine technology, then this is where you will want to start.  By attending this 3-day course you will have received enough knowledge and confidence to be able to conduct your own basic small engine class. This program will follow lesson plans designed for high schools that can be found on our Overhead Valve (OHV) Engine Instructor’s Reference CD. It is intended to walk you through each of the same steps you would use in your classroom and lab. You will perform a complete teardown on a horizontal shaft OHV engine. In addition, you will receive an assortment of training materials from CDs that contain lesson plans, PowerPoint presentations, teardown scripts and more, so that you will be able to teach the same concepts and procedures in your own classroom.

Covered Topics:

• The use of learning materials to deliver a full small engine course

• How to properly identify a Briggs & Stratton engine along with how to obtain support information

• How to access useful information via Briggs & Stratton’s websites (If you have a laptop computer with wireless Internet capabilities, be sure to bring it with you!)

• Four-cycle theory will be explored thoroughly through the use of multimedia

• Hands-on tear down of a 13 cubic inch OHV engine

• Explanations of engine systems from A to Z, including:

▪ Carburetors ▪ Governors ▪ Fuel & Oil

▪ Compression ▪ Ignition

Who Should Attend:

• Training professionals that are in need of a thorough refresher or have little knowledge of basic small engines and 4-cycle theory

• Instructors who have never taught an engines course before

• Teachers who are looking for pre-existing curriculum and instructions on how to best apply it in class

What Will You Receive?

Small Engine Instruction Notebook Manual Binder

CE8020 Small Engines Textbook

CE8021 Small Engines Workbook

CE3137 OHV Engine Instructors Reference DVD

Engines donated by Briggs and Stratton (Quantity and  Model will vary based on availability from factory)

Lunch and Refreshments each day

School Fee:

$300 per instructor 

Travel and Lodging not included.

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