Power Equipment Technology

Marty Rikard

I graduated from LHS in 1992 where I also completed Small Engine Technology 1 & 2. My instructor thought I was good enough to take to Skills USA where I won first place in the state for Small Engine Technology. We traveled to nationals that summer and I finished 24th in the nation at the SkillsUSA national conference. I worked as a lawn mower mechanic for one year out of high school then found a job as a marine technician where I worked for eleven years. After long consideration I took CATE classes with the state, took ADEPT classes with the district and took graduate courses with Clemson to become a teacher in the same classroom that I was taught in as a teenager. This is my fourteenth year as a teacher and it's been great.


Power Equipment Technology 1 (LTC)
Grades 11, 10, 12   2 units
This course introduces students to small gasoline engines regardless of the level of knowledge on the subject. Practical application in the lab provides instruction on two and four stroke theory and repair under the supervision of an experienced mechanic. General safety and the proper use of tools and equipment associated with small gasoline engine repair are covered to keep students safe while working in the lab environment. Students receive training on small internal combustion engines used on portable equipment such as lawn mowers, chainsaws, rotary tillers, motorcycles, pumps and compressors. The training includes locating and solving problems, using specialized test equipment, overhauling the basic engine, and repairing or replacing engine systems.

Power Equipment Technology 2 (LTC)
Grades 12, 11   2 units
Prerequisite: Power Equipment Technology 1
This course undertakes the study of more complex engines and power transmission systems. Students are involved with outboard and motorcycle repair as well as high-performance applications of small engines. Instruction in realistic shop situations is presented along with a thorough investigation of career opportunities. Students may be eligible to participate in cooperative work experiences or apprenticeships, which  combine career and technology training with supervised work experience in business and industry.