Small Engine Repair

Level 1

The Profession

The Small Engine Repair Course Level 1 course is a training program that was custom-made for the NIPA. The course is a model of the Penn Foster Career School’s Small Engine Repair Course.

Course:Small Engine Repair
Duration:1 years
Study load:1600 hours
Times:Morning | Afternoon | Evening
Age:From 16 years old | Adults
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Level of professional practice


A full range of systems theory and practical maintenance and repair procedures are covered in the course. This includes: yard and garden equipment: lawn mowers, weed trimmers, hedge trimmers, and blowers, and the more advanced commercial-grade equipment maintenance and repair such as: generators, power washers, rototillers, pumps, chain saws, and garden tractors. Unlike many Small Engine Repair curricula, this program also offers instruction in marine outboard engines, engine rebuild, and small engine repair business ownership and management.
The Small Engine Repair course consists of 24-lessons/study units, and other NIPA required courses (Social Skills, English, Mathematics) to ensure that students successfully complete the program with a well-rounded education. The course, which is set up to give hands on experience from the onset making the understanding of theory easier to comprehend, is delivered in an instructor-led classroom learning and workshop hands-on training environment at NIPA.
Skills you will learn
As a student in the Small Engine Repair program, you will learn to repair small engines that are found in lawn mowers and weed whackers for example.
Job requirements
  • Oral and written command of English
  • Communication skills
  • Ability to function in as a team member
  • Accuracy
  • Resourcefulness
  • Flexibility
  • Self-reliance
  • A helpful attitude
  • An analytical and conceptual intellect
  • Affinity with computers
  • Result-oriented work attitude
Career opportunities
After successfully completing the Small Engine Repair program, you can start your own small business repairing small engines on the island and in the region. The Small Engine Repair Technician can work in Small Engine Repair positions as a technician. She/he can work independently under the responsibility of a supervisor, and with given instructions, all kinds of work related to Small Engine Repair such as: practical maintenance and repair, commercial-grade equipment maintenance and repair, also marine outboard engines, engine rebuild, and small engine repair business ownership and management.
Course practical training
All NIPA programs consist of classes in school and practical training in the workplace. A few days a week you will work at a company as a student employee. The practical training allows you to practice your skills and to learn all about the profession from professionals in real situations. This also means you will already have some work experience when you finish the program.
Level 1 schedule
Year 1Classes + Internship
Level 1 info

Level of program:

Level 1 Assistant.

Transitional options:

NIPA is using the SBO module system in transitioning from one year to the next. This implies that grades obtained in the previous year will be carried over to the following year. Students can thus follow the modules from the following year even if they did not successfully complete modules from the previous year, which can be retaken.

In order for a student to obtain an SBO diploma, they would have to successfully complete all partial qualifications.
There is also an opportunity to achieve partial qualification certificates. In this system, the student is always rewarded, for achieving satisfactory grades.

Most SBO programs allow students to transition to higher levels depending of the structure of the program and if the program is being offered by the institute.

With a level 1 diploma, a graduate would be eligible to enter into a level 2 course.


There are no entry requirements to enter a level 1 course.

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Small Engine Repair courses at NIPA

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maintenance department trainee,
NIPA Hospitality Assistant
level 1

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to join NIPA:

  1. If you live in St. Maarten / St. Martin, you won't need to leave family and friends while you pursue your studies.
  2. NIPA has a dedicated staff of professionals to guide, support and motivate you throughout your studies.
  3. You will gain technical and vocational skills at an affordable price.
  4. You will receive extensive opportunities for further education and career development.
  5. Your experience will be life-changing.
I love where I work, and NIPA has helped me grow in my job.
Jean Charles Mackenson
working at IGY Marinas,
NIPA course
maritime, level 1
St. Maarten Apprenticeship

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