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Outdoor Power Equipment Technician
Courses and Descriptions
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Year 1
Term 1 Course Name Credit Hours
  COMM-1105 Communications 3
  OPET-1001 Machine Shop Theory 1
  OPET-1002 Machine Shop Practical 1
  OPET-1003 Basic Small Engine Theory 1
  OPET-1005 Engine Service Theory 2
  OPET-1009 Lawn and Garden/Chainsaw Theory 4
  OPET-1012 Snowmobile Theory 6
  OPET-1021 Automotive Technician Math 3
  OPET-1025 Shop Safety and Hand Tools Theory 1
  OPET-1037 Basic Small Engine Practical 1
  OPET-1047 Motorcycle/ATV Theory 3
  OPET-1051 Outboard Motors Theory 6
  OPET-1054 Work Experience 6
  OPET-1062 Shop Safety and Hand Tools Practical 1
  OPET-1097 Electrical Systems Practical 1
  OPET-1099 Engine Service Practical 1
  OPET-1102 Electrical Systems Theory 1
  OPET-1117 Fuel Systems Practical 1
  OPET-1153 Lawn and Garden/Chainsaw Practical 3
  OPET-1180 Motorcycle/ATV Practical 3
  OPET-1191 Outboard Motors Practical 3
  OPET-1256 Fuel Systems Theory 1
  OPET-1328 Snowmobile Practical 4
  OPET-1840 Orientation to Power Equipment Technician 0
  SAFE-1028 WHMIS 0
  SCIE-1044 Power Mechanics Science 6
  SEMR-9209 General Safety Training 0
  SEMR-9545 AC-216 Accreditation for Level 1 0
  WELD-1036 Related Gas Welding 2
  WELD-1040 Related MIG Welding 1

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COMM-1105 Communications
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A self-paced practical course that develops communications skills from four viewpoints: job-seeker, employee, junior supervisor, small business owner. The course is tailored to fit the needs of individual students and the requirements of the Advisory Boards.
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OPET-1001 Machine Shop Theory
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Shop knowledge and basic manufacturing skills are required by person working in mechanical trades.

Through theoretical instruction and a series of practical shop demonstrations, learners will be exposed to techniques that will better equip them to deal with challenges present in their respective trade. In providing an introduction to the basics of manufacturing, the course will contribute to the development of the learners’ analytical, mechanical and cognitive skills.

Topics covered in the course include:

  • Basic Metallurgy
  • Precision measurement tools
  • Basic Blueprint Reading Principles
  • Bench Tools
  • Component Assembly
  • Power Cutting Tools
  • Threads
  • Grinding
  • Math Calculations

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OPET-1002 Machine Shop Practical
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This course will introduce students to basic machine shop skills; measuring, drilling and using metal working hand tools.

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OPET-1003 Basic Small Engine Theory
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Distinguish between characteristics of a four-cycle and a two-cycle engine. Calculate problems dealing with work, horsepower, torque, and cubic inch displacement. Identify the components of a four-stroke-cycle engine and understand the operation of the four-stroke-cycle engine. Identify the components of a two-stroke cycle engine and understand the operation of the two-stroke-cycle engine.
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OPET-1005 Engine Service Theory
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Fundamental services, maintenance and overhaul methods and procedures, precision measuring, diagnosis and correction of both two-stroke and four-stroke-cycle engines used in power equipment. Solve problems using basic troubleshooting procedures. Diagnosing and testing of all engine, fuel, ignition, and electrical systems. Use parts and service manuals effectively.
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OPET-1009 Lawn and Garden/Chainsaw Theory
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Explain the principle of transmitting power from the engine to the functional system by means of a belt drive system and a chain drive system. Describe the components of a belt drive system and a chain drive system. Name and describe the common types of chains, bars, sprockets, and clutches used on chainsaws.
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OPET-1012 Snowmobile Theory
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Explain the principles of operation of the two-cycle snowmobile engine as well as related systems including ignition, fuel supply, lubrication, charging, starting, and cooling. Know the correct procedure for off-season storage and the procedure for pre-delivery and set up. Fundamental operating, construction and design features and characteristics of snowmobile clutches, chain cases, drive axles, tracks, suspensions, frames, brakes, and steering.
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OPET-1021 Automotive Technician Math
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Individual progress math. Program utilizing Diagnostic Test material to identify remedial requirements for each student. Students are required to complete basic assignments on each of following topics: 4 operations with whole numbers, fractions, decimals, elementary algebra using one unknown, percent, ratio and proportion, denominate numbers, metric measures and calculations, exponents, scientific notation/significant digits, square/square roots, Pythagoras theorem, perimeter/circumferences, areas, various figures, volume/capacity of commonly used shapes of containers.
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OPET-1025 Shop Safety and Hand Tools Theory
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The student will be able to distinguish between safe and unsafe shop practices and select fire extinguishers for the classes of fire. Understand the importance of developing safe working habits to avoid injury to themselves and fellow workers, and to prevent damage to equipment. The student will be able to identify, understand, explain, and use tools necessary for small engine repair.
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OPET-1037 Basic Small Engine Practical
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Disassembly, identification and inspection of the two-stroke and four-stroke cycle engine. Operation and identification of fuel induction systems and valve train.
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OPET-1047 Motorcycle/ATV Theory
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Fundamental operating, construction and design features and characteristics of motorcycle transmissions, final drives, clutches, brakes, steering, suspension, wheels, and tires. Explain the principles of operation of the two-cycle and four-cycle motorcycle engine. As well, use related systems including ignition, fuel supply, lubrication, charging, starting and cooling. Know the correct procedure for off-season storage.
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OPET-1051 Outboard Motors Theory
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Explain the principles of operation of the two-cycle and four-cycle outboard engine, as well as related systems including ignition, fuel supply, lubrication, charging, starting and cooling. Know the correct procedure for off-season storage and the procedure for boat rigging and set up Fundamental operating, construction and design features and characteristics of outboard gear cases, drive shafts, propellers, trimtabs, exhaust housing, control boxes, and tilt assemblies.
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OPET-1054 Work Experience
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Students will be provided the opportunity of gaining work experience with participating training place host companies. This section will give the student the opportunity of demonstrating their acquired knowledge and skills to potential employers.
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OPET-1062 Shop Safety and Hand Tools Practical
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Use of hand tools, measuring instruments, use of special equipment, presses, drill, press, stands, and jacks. Demonstrate the ability to work safely and cooperatively in the shop.
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OPET-1097 Electrical Systems Practical
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Disassembly, testing, repairing, and reassembly of electrical components, attaching and use of testing meters and diagnostic equipment related to small engine service.
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OPET-1099 Engine Service Practical
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Maintain and repair engine and components to manufacturer's specifications by identifying and following the recommended manufacturer's maintenance schedule and recognizing worn/damaged parts; draining and refilling lubricants and changing related filters and conducting seasonal storage. Perform engine tune-ups, test, diagnose, repair and maintain the fuel, ignition, starting/charging/instrumentation, cooling, and exhaust systems. Remove, disassemble, clean, inspect, measure, recondition/repair components to recondition the engine assembly to original specifications and performance levels.
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OPET-1102 Electrical Systems Theory
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Identify types of electrical circuits, solve problems using Ohm's law and understand the function of an ohmmeter and voltmeter. Identify and understand the function of the magneto ignition system and the capacitor discharge ignition system. Wiring diagrams and circuits generators, alternators, solenoids, rectifiers, switches, gauges, and starters.
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OPET-1117 Fuel Systems Practical
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Disassembly, cleaning, assembly, and calibration of component units. Use of diagnostic test equipment and meters.
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OPET-1153 Lawn and Garden/Chainsaw Practical
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Disassemble, repair and reassemble a simple gear case, three-speed wheel drive transmission, front P.T.O. system, rotary tiller, rotary mower and snowblower. Disassemble, repair, and reassemble a chainsaw clutch, carburetor, chain oiler and tensioner. Sharpen and make repairs to chainsaw chain. Diagnose and correct problems in the ignition system, fuel system, and lubricating system.
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OPET-1180 Motorcycle/ATV Practical
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Diagnose, disassemble, repair, reassemble, and adjust the component parts of motorcycle engines used in the industry and test each to the manufacturer's specifications. Store a motorcycle for the off-season.
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OPET-1191 Outboard Motors Practical
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Diagnose, disassemble, repair, reassemble, and adjust the components of the outboard engines used in industry and test each to the manufacturer's specifications. Store an outboard engine for the off-season and rig and outboard motor boat. Diagnose disassemble, repair, reassemble, and adjust outboard motor gear cases, tilt assemblies, exhaust housing, drive shaft, propeller, and trimtabs.
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OPET-1256 Fuel Systems Theory
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Outline basic carburetor operation and identify major components and circuits. Identify the different fuel supply systems as well as explain their operation. Identify the parts of the governor systems used in small engines and explain their operation. Understand the importance of filters in the fuel systems and be able to identify the different types.
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OPET-1328 Snowmobile Practical
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Diagnose, disassemble, repair, reassemble, and adjust the component parts of the snowmobile engines used in the industry and test each to manufacturer's specifications. Diagnose, disassemble, repair, reassemble, and adjust snowmobile clutches, chain cases, drive axles, tracks, suspensions, frames, brakes, and steering. Store a snowmobile for the off-season and complete a snowmobile pre-delivery service.
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OPET-1840 Orientation to Power Equipment Technician
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The student will be able to list places of employment and discuss the occupational outlook for small gas engine mechanics. The student will also be able to list the different types of power equipment, the different manufacturers of power equipment, and name the steps involved in small gas engine shop work.
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SAFE-1028 WHMIS
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The Workplace Hazardous Materials System (WHMIS) is a system for ensuring that important information about hazardous products is communicated where products are used, stored and handled. This course provides Information necessary to understand and interpret information about hazardous products, including pictograms (symbols), labels and Safety Data Sheets.

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SCIE-1044 Power Mechanics Science
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Electricity and magnetism, Atomic theory, static electricity, condensers, circuits, batteries, transformers, DM motors, DC and AC generators, hydraulics, pressure Pascal's principle, brakes and brake fluids, kinetic energy, centripetal force, matter, properties of solids, liquids, and gases. Heat - temperature scales, expansion due to heat, heat transfer, machines - simple machines, work power, gear trains, gear ratios.
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SEMR-9209 General Safety Training
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This General Safety Training (GST) teaches basic general safety content to arm students with the core information necessary for them to protect themselves in workplaces on all descriptions. Although some examples may consider Manitoba legislation, this course has been developed by occupational safety and health professionals using generic information that is not provincially specific.

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SEMR-9545 AC-216 Accreditation for Level 1
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Level 1 Apprenticeship Credit

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WELD-1036 Related Gas Welding
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Safety in setting up and using oxy-acetylene equipment. Identifying and setting torch for carburizing, neutralizing, and oxidizing flame. Introduction to fusion welding, puddling and bead-running on sheet metal. Identification selecting weld rods and fusing filler rod to base metal. Welding butt joints, lap joints, fillet welds and corner welds on sheet steel in the flat horizontal, vertical and overhead. Performing the same joints on sheet steel using bronze brazing rod. Safely operating flame cutting equipment cutting various thicknesses of steel plate.
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WELD-1040 Related MIG Welding
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This course will assist students to develop techniques for inert gas electric welding.
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