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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 (4178)

Formerly Small Engine Technology (4168, 4068)
Course Category: 
NOCTI and NBS proctored test centers throughout the United States.

September 2011 - Present.

Instructional delivery format: 
Proficiency exam
Learner Outcomes: 

Students will be able to: identify and test 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 (e.g., SDS); demonstrate proper usage of personal protective equipment (PPE); 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 timekeeping and parts usage on worksheet and job ticket; identify and conduct manufacturer’s recommended service procedures; inspect, test, and adjust safety-stop devices; inspect and service intake and exhaust systems; identify and inspect PTO and drive train (e.g., belts, blades, pulleys, spindles); inspect and service cooling system components (air and liquid cooled); adjust levers and controls; inspect and service engine lubrication system including breathers, filters, and strainers; identify types of lubricating mechanisms and proper types of oil and lubricants; inspect fuel tank, lines, and filters; identify and service fuel delivery system components, including carburetor and fuel injection systems; adjust and service fuel system controls and linkages; explain fuel injection theory and carburetor theory; inspect and service air filtration system; disassemble, clean, inspect, and reassemble carburetor (diaphragm and float bowl); identify governor parts, functions, and types; inspect, service, and adjust governor; identify governor-related problems; explain ignition theory and coil output; identify, inspect, test, and adjust ignition components; disassemble, service, and reassemble ignition system and/or components; 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 compression test and cylinder leak down test; remove, inspect, reinstall, and adjust valves; inspect and measure valve guides and valve stems; remove, inspect, and reinstall cylinder head to manufacturer’s specifications; identify correct timing of crankshaft, camshaft, balance shaft, gears, and flywheel; identify and inspect, crankshaft, camshaft, balance shaft, gears, and flywheel; identify, inspect, and measure piston, rings, and cylinder, bearing clearances and journal sizes of the crankshaft and connecting rod; identify proper usage of gaskets and sealants; troubleshoot ignition system problems, starting and charging system problems, cooling system problems, fuel system problems, lubrication system problems, compression problems related to cylinder head and valves, and low power and rough running conditions. Performance Component:  Start and Adjust Engine (12%); Ignition Service (18%); Measure Parts (9%); Valve Service (15%); Carburetor Service (19%); Invoicing Parts (14%); Manual Starter Service (13%).


NOCTI and NBS exams assess individuals' end-of-program knowledge and skills in an online proctored proficiency examination format. In addition, some programs administer a NOCTI/NBS performance component test to assess application of skills.

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) (12/21 revalidation).. NOTE: An additional 1-2 credits may be awarded based on successful completion of the Performance Component when given in conjunction with the written proficiency examination.