# CTE Resource Center - Verso - Basic Small Engine Repair Task/Competency List

CTE Resource Center - Verso

Virginia’s CTE Resource Center

2019/2020 Competency-Based Task/Competency List for Basic Small Engine Repair (8724/36 weeks, 140 hours)

Tasks/competencies bordered in blue are considered optional when marked as such; they and/or additional tasks/competencies may be taught at the discretion of the school division. All other tasks are considered essential statewide and are required of all students.

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Demonstrating Personal Qualities and Abilities

  1. Demonstrate creativity and innovation.
  2. Demonstrate critical thinking and problem solving.
  3. Demonstrate initiative and self-direction.
  4. Demonstrate integrity.
  5. Demonstrate work ethic.

Demonstrating Interpersonal Skills

  1. Demonstrate conflict-resolution skills.
  2. Demonstrate listening and speaking skills.
  3. Demonstrate respect for diversity.
  4. Demonstrate customer service skills.
  5. Collaborate with team members.

Demonstrating Professional Competencies

  1. Demonstrate big-picture thinking.
  2. Demonstrate career- and life-management skills.
  3. Demonstrate continuous learning and adaptability.
  4. Manage time and resources.
  5. Demonstrate information-literacy skills.
  6. Demonstrate an understanding of information security.
  7. Maintain working knowledge of current information-technology (IT) systems.
  8. Demonstrate proficiency with technologies, tools, and machines common to a specific occupation.
  9. Apply mathematical skills to job-specific tasks.
  10. Demonstrate professionalism.
  11. Demonstrate reading and writing skills.
  12. Demonstrate workplace safety.

Examining All Aspects of an Industry

  1. Examine aspects of planning within an industry/organization.
  2. Examine aspects of management within an industry/organization.
  3. Examine aspects of financial responsibility within an industry/organization.
  4. Examine technical and production skills required of workers within an industry/organization.
  5. Examine principles of technology that underlie an industry/organization.
  6. Examine labor issues related to an industry/organization.
  7. Examine community issues related to an industry/organization.
  8. Examine health, safety, and environmental issues related to an industry/organization.

Addressing Elements of Student Life

  1. Identify the purposes and goals of the student organization.
  2. Explain the benefits and responsibilities of membership in the student organization as a student and in professional/civic organizations as an adult.
  3. Demonstrate leadership skills through participation in student organization activities, such as meetings, programs, and projects.
  4. Identify Internet safety issues and procedures for complying with acceptable use standards.

Exploring Work-Based Learning

  1. Identify the types of work-based learning (WBL) opportunities.
  2. Reflect on lessons learned during the WBL experience.
  3. Explore career opportunities related to the WBL experience.
  4. Participate in a WBL experience, when appropriate.

Applying Safety Practices on the Job

  1. Describe the safe use of chemicals.
  2. Describe the safe use of standard and metric hand tools.
  3. Describe the safe use of power tools.
  4. Describe the safe use of precision standard and metric measuring tools.
  5. Describe the safe use of protective clothing and equipment.
  6. Describe the safe use of fire protection equipment.
  7. Describe the safe use of shop equipment.
  8. Follow safety standards and regulations of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the Education Committee of the Equipment and Engine Training Council (EETC), and Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS).

Performing Shop Operations

  1. Read a shop manual.
  2. Determine economic feasibility of repair.
  3. Maintain a clean and orderly work area.

Identifying Fasteners and Their Uses

  1. Choose appropriate fastener for corresponding job.
  2. Repair damaged thread, using a tap and die set.
  3. Repair damaged thread, using thread inserts (e.g., a Heli-coil thread insert).

Diagnosing and Servicing 4-Cycle Engine

  1. Apply 4-cycle engine theory.
  2. Diagnose and determine needed repair on 4-cycle engine components.
  3. Remove and disassemble 4-cycle engine.
  4. Determine wear on internal engine parts, using precision standard and metric measuring tools.
  5. Reassemble long block.
  6. Apply lubrication systems theory.

Diagnosing and Servicing Fuel System

  1. Diagnose and determine needed repair on fuel system.
  2. Remove and replace the fuel tank and fuel lines.
  3. Remove and replace the fuel filter systems.
  4. Diagnose and determine needed repair on air cleaner system.
  5. Disassemble, clean, and inspect diaphragm-type carburetor.
  6. Reassemble and adjust a diaphragm-type carburetor.
  7. Disassemble, clean, and inspect a float-type carburetor.
  8. Reassemble and adjust float-type carburetor.
  9. Clean crankcase breather.

Diagnosing and Servicing General Electrical System

  1. Read a multimeter.
  2. Apply electrical theory.
  3. Test and charge the battery.
  4. Repair and replace starter.
  5. Troubleshoot and repair starting circuit.

Diagnosing and Servicing Manual Starting System

  1. Diagnose and determine needed repair on manual starting system.
  2. Replace starter spring.
  3. Replace a starter clutch if needed.
  4. Replace starter pawls.
  5. Replace a worn or defective cup.
  6. Replace starter rope.

Diagnosing and Servicing Ignition System

  1. Remove, inspect, adjust, and install the spark plugs.
  2. Remove, inspect, and replace the flywheel.
  3. Adjust armature air gap.

Diagnosing and Servicing 2-Cycle Engine

  1. Apply 2-cycle engine theory.
  2. Diagnose and determine needed repair on 2-cycle engine components.
  3. Remove and disassemble 2-cycle engine.
  4. Determine wear on internal engine parts, using precision standard and metric measuring tools.
  5. Reassemble 2-cycle engine.
  6. Service and repair diaphragm-type carburetor used on 2-cycle engine.
  7. Mix fuel at appropriate ratio.

Diagnosing and Servicing Lawn Mower

  1. Adjust clutch controls (e.g., cables, rods, and springs).
  2. Inspect and service mower decks.
  3. Set height of cut.
  4. Lubricate mower.
  5. Grind and balance rotary blade.
  6. Diagnose needed repair for self-propelled drive system on walk-behind mower.
  7. Inspect and service steering assembly.
  8. Replace and adjust throttle cable.
  9. Test and adjust the blade/operator-presence control system (engine brake).
  10. Inspect and/or replace brake pad.
  11. Test the kill switch.

Diagnosing and Servicing Chain Saw

  1. Diagnose needed repair on chain saw.
  2. Sharpen and adjust or replace chain.

Diagnosing and Servicing String Trimmer

  1. Diagnose needed repair on string trimmer.
  2. Conduct maintenance on shaft.
  3. Wind and trim cutter head.

Diagnosing and Servicing Cooling Systems

  1. Apply cooling system theory.
  2. Identify air cooling system components.

Diagnosing and Servicing Governor Systems

  1. Apply governor system theory.
  2. Inspect, adjust, and replace pneumatic system.
  3. Inspect, adjust, and replace mechanical system.

Diagnosing and Servicing Exhaust Systems

  1. Apply exhaust system theory, 2-cycle engine.
  2. Diagnose common equipment problems in a damaged exhaust system, 2-cycle engine.
  3. Identify exhaust components, 2-cycle engine.
  4. Apply exhaust system theory, 4-cycle engine.
  5. Identify cleaning procedures for exhaust ports and spark arrestor screens, 2-cycle engine.

Analyzing Engine Failure

  1. Identify the five major categories of failure analysis.

Developing Employability Skills

  1. Map certification and educational opportunities.