The GREAT Center at Gateway Community College in New Haven, Connecticut is now accepting registrations for its tuition-free, intensive 45-hour Winter Intercession Small Engine Repair & Technology Program that includes classroom and hands-on training to learn to inspect, service and repair motorized power equipment. This training is integral in many maintenance and service occupations as well as mechanic or technician jobs working on generators, snow blowers, lawn mowers, personal watercraft, garden tractors and other small engines.
The program will run on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from January 14 to January 30 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Gateway's North Haven Campus at 88 Bassett Road in North Haven, Connecticut. Nine classes taught over three weeks cover safety, tools, fuel, chemicals, starting and charging the equipment; training in inspection, disassembly, reconditioning, preventive maintenance and troubleshooting; and hands-on familiarity with a variety of equipment.
During the spring 2014 semester, the class will participate in an on-campus weekly practicum experience also at no cost to the student. Practicum sessions will be held each Friday from February 4 to May 16 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Students may also seek out independent internship opportunities (paid or unpaid). Classroom instruction and practicum will be taught by tenured Gateway automotive department faculty.
Upon completion of the 45-hour classroom training and spring practicum, students will sit for Equipment and Engineering Training Council (EETC) Certification(s) in 2-Stroke, 4-Stroke and Electrical. Test fees of $49 each are the responsibility of the student. Required course text and study guides are also additional. Tool kits and repair manuals will be available for use during class.
Orientation will take place on December 13, 2013 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Gateway Downtown Campus, 20 Church Street, New Haven, Room N103. Technical knowledge and mechanical aptitude will be assessed. Spots in the training will be determined following orientation. A high school diploma or GED is required. Complete a registration form to register for orientation. For more information, please contact CT-MET Coordinator Ann Harrison at (203) 285-2309 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
This program is pending approval as related instruction for a small engine mechanic Registered Apprenticeship with the CT Department of Labor. Other related instruction including safety, math and blueprint reading to be completed within the first year of a registered apprenticeship. Contact the program coordinator for details. This opportunity is made possible through Connecticut's Manufacturing, Energy and Transportation (CT-MET) Initiative.