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Small Engine Maintenance

Course Information > Machinery

To enable course members to:

  • understand the basic principles of small engines
  • identify the basic components of small engines
  • carry out daily maintenance
  • carry out safe refuelling
  • carry out pre-start checks

Who is the Course For?
This is a fundamental course designed for ground staff and all persons who operate small engines.

The course can be adapted to suit any range of small machines encountered in Landscaping, to enable swift transfer of learning to the work environment.

An LTG Certificate of Attendance is awarded upon completion of the course.


One day: 6 hours

NVQ/SVQ Linkage

This course will support learning towards ‘Amenity Horticulture’ NVQ/SVQ units ‘Maintaining Turf’, and ‘Maintaining Safe and Healthy Work Practices’ level 2.

Instructor/Trainee Ratio
1:6 Min: 1:3

Course Content

Types of small engines
Engine components
Safe handling and transport
Workshop safety
Preparation for maintenance
Pre-start checks

Facilities/Equipment required:
Unless using an equipped workshop, course members will be asked to bring example machines to include petrol 2 and 4 stroke, and diesel. Examples of machines are leaf blowers, hedgetrimmers, brushcutters, small mowers, rotavators
Manufacturers handbooks
Spare parts
If possible, dismantled engines to show workings
Adequate hand tools/equipment


Warm well lit room with adequate tables and chairs. Workshop with solid level floor and adequate bench space for each course member. Washroom/toilet facilities.

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