Career Technical Education – Small Engine Program

Program Objective

To address a critical labor shortage in the Marine Trades, Les Cheneaux Community Schools/Cedarville High School, in partnership with the Great Lakes Boat Building School, is providing a Career and Technical Education (CTE) Small Engines course. This course will provide students with the fundamental knowledge of all small engines, with a focus on marine engine applications.


Program Description

The particular emphasis of the program is on the service and repair of gasoline and diesel engines and related systems that are found on recreational and light commercial watercraft. At least 80% of class time is focused on hands-on, skill based projects. The Small Engine CTE program is open to high school students in the Eastern Upper Peninsula.

Students Will Learn:

  • Shop Practices and Safety
  • Basic 2- and 4-stroke Operation
  • Fuel Systems
  • Ignition and Electrical Systems
  • Equipment and Technology
  • Measuring and Conversions
  • Drive and Chassis Systems
  • Maintenance and Troubleshooting
  • Professional Skills
  • Communication Skills
  • Customer Service
  • Independent and Team-work Skills
  • Problem-solving Effectiveness
  • Career Direction Exploration and Support

Students Will Earn

  • GLBBS Certificate of Completion
  • Eligible to apply for industry-recognized certification from the Michigan Boating Industries Association and American Boat & Yacht Council.
  • Eligible to test for entry-level manufacturer certification from Mercury Marine.
  • Students who complete the program and receive a grade of at least a C (2.0 on a 4.0 GPA scale) in each of the 12 segments will be eligible for a $1,500 scholarship to continue in the GLBBS Marine Service Technology program.