Air Cooled Engines 101

Course Description

A “from the ground up” approach to residential single- and two-cylinder air cooled engines commonly used in home standby generators. This class will be a great introduction for rookie techs who have little to no engine experience at all, all the way up to seasoned techs looking for a refresher.

In this class, we will discuss breaking down parts used in the engine one at a time, common failure points found in the Kohler, Generac, Cummins, and Briggs & Stratton engines, and discuss some diagnostic procedures. Once classroom discussions are complete, each student will tear down a complete engine and reassemble it on a bench. We will end class with live troubleshooting on intentionally bugged machines that simulate real custom complaints you’d come across in the field as a tech.

Schedule Details

The course is typically offered Monday –  Wednesday from 8:00am – 5:00pm. Students are allotted 1-hour lunch break.

  • This is a 24-hour, 3-day, 8-hour per day course
  • Taught in English
  • Limited to 10 students
    Learning Outcomes

    After completion of this class, students will be able to:

    • Identify internal and external engine components used in single, and two-cylinder air cooled, residential generator engines running on natural gas or propane.
    • Disassemble and reassemble a complete engine.
    • Convert different brand residential gensets from propane to natural gas and vise-versa.
    • Troubleshoot and correct real world problems found on different brand residential gensets
    Student Minimum Qualifications to Attend

    Prior to entering this class, students should have a basic understanding of how a genset operates when used in a residential standby application.

    This is an entry level course, so no prior engine experience is required.

    Minimum Required Equipment & Safety Gear

    Each student should come with the following tools and equipment for this class. Students are welcome to bring their own tools for engine disassembly and troubleshooting if they wish, however this will not be required.

    • Laptop
    • Steel toe or composite toe
    • Electrical rated work boots
    • ANSI approved safety glasses
    • Hearing protection
    • Multi-Meter
    • Cut resistant gloves
    Registration Fees

    $1,440 per student (a la carte)

    Call for Details: Discounted Rate available if student registers for all 10 modules / 6 week beginner program, 603-363-4842.

    All registration fees are to be paid in full prior to the first day of class.

    Please send checks payable to Mongoose Power Solutions c/o OPA! to PO Box 13, Spofford, NH 03462

    Travel and Accommodations

    Hotel Reservations are not included with registration and are the responsibility of the attendee/employer to arrange.

    Click here for our hotel and travel recommendations.

    Air Cooled Engines 101
    Air Cooled Engines 101