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National College Credit Recommendation Service

Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

NOCTI and Nocti Business Solutions (NBS) | Evaluated Learning Experience

Small Engine Technology - Teacher Test (5277)

NOCTI-Approved Area Test Centers throughout the United States.

September 2012 - December 2018.

Instructional delivery format: 
Proficiency exam
Learner Outcomes: 

Students will be able to: identify and test all equipment safety devices; demonstrate proper techniques for hand tools (e.g., screwdriver, torque wrenches) and power tools and machinery; demonstrate proper handling, containment, and clean-up of hazardous materials (MSDS); demonstrate proper usage of personal protective equipment (gloves, goggles, ear protection); demonstrate safe operation of small engines and equipment; locate parts and equipment information using printed and electronic media; write a parts and labor invoice; calculate materials mark-up, labor time, and state tax; demonstrate time keeping and parts usage on worksheets and job tickets; identify manufacturer's recommended service intervals; sharpen and balance blades and adjust levers and controls; inspect, test, and adjust safety-stop devices; inspect and service intake and exhaust systems, drive trains and suspension systems, service belts, hoses, and cooling systems (air and liquid cooled); identify types, uses, and recommended service of transmissions and driveline components; inspect and service engine lubrication systems and types of lubricating mechanisms; identify proper types of oil and lubricants; service crankcase breathers, filters, and strainers; check fuel tank, lines, and filters; identify and service fuel injection components; adjust and service fuel systems controls and linkages; inspect and service air intake system; identify parts and functions of carburetors; explain carburetor theory; disassemble, clean, inspect, and reassemble carburetor (diaphragm and float bowl); inspect, service, and adjust governor; identify governor functions and types; identify governor-related problems; identify, inspect, test, and adjust ignition components; disassemble, service, and reassemble ignition system; explain ignition theory and coil output; identify, inspect, and test charging and starting systems; service and repair charging and starting systems; inspect and perform battery service; explain theory of compression; perform cylinder leak down test; remove, inspect, reinstall, and adjust valves; identify valve guide and valve stem measurements; diagnose and correct compression problems; remove, inspect, and reinstall cylinder head to manufacturer's specifications; inspect and identify correct timing of crankshaft, camshaft, balance shaft, gears, and flywheel; identify, inspect and measure piston, rings, and connecting rod assemblies; check cylinder diameter and measure piston ring end gap; identify, inspect, and measure bearing clearances and journal diameter; identify proper usage of gaskets and sealants; troubleshoot starting problems, charging system problems, cooling system problems, fuel system problems, and lubrication system problems; and diagnose erratic or rough running conditions and low engine power complaints.  Performance Component:  Check and Start Engine (18%), Ignition Service (18%), Measure Parts (11%), Valve Service (21%), Carburetor Service (20%), and Invoicing Parts (12%).


NOCTI teacher exams assess individuals' technical knowledge and skills in an online proctored proficiency examination format.  These assessments are used in a large number of states as part of the teacher licensing/certification process as they assess competency in all aspects of a particular industry.

Credit recommendation: 

In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 3 semester hours in Small Engine Technology or General Technology (5/12) (12/16 revalidation).