Skagit Valley College

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 Course Title:   Marine Engine Systems

 Title Abbreviation:   MARINE ENGINE SYSTEMS

 Department:    MT

 Course #:    160

 Credits:    7

 Variable:     No

 IUs:    8

 CIP:    n/a

 EPC:    n/a

 REV:    2018

 Course Description  

Operation, service, troubleshooting and general maintenance of inboard gas and diesel engines in recreational and small commercial vessels. Tune-up procedures for gas ignition systems. Routine service and maintenance of these systems. Includes starting, charging, fuel, cooling, lubrication and winterization of engines.



Additional Course Details

Contact Hours (based on 11 week quarter)

Lecture: 55

Lab: 44

Other: 0

Systems: 0

Clinical: 0

Intent: Distribution Requirement(s) Status:  

Vocational Preparatory Required for ATA degree, Required for certificate  

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Learning Outcomes

After completing this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Test the starting battery using common shop equipment.
  2. Test starter motor operation both on and off the engine.
  3. Diagnose and repair common starting problems of marine engines.
  4. Perform preventative maintenance on the fuel system including injector, lift pumps, and system bleeding procedures.
  5. Perform mechanical preventative maintenance on the cooling system.
  6. Perform winterization tasks, commissioning tasks and 100 hour services of common marine diesel engines.
  7. Demonstrate understanding of the operation of the marine engine by passing the final exam with a competency of at least 70%.
  8. Perform basic electrical system testing of starting and charging systems.
  9. Perform typical tune-up procedures on conventional breaker point ignition systems including removing and replacing spark plugs, points, condenser, and ignition wires.
  10. Perform ignition timing checks and adjustments using timing light and tachometer.
  11. Perform distributor advance testing using off the engine techniques, including static timing installation of distributor.
  12. Test fuel pump delivery pressure.
  13. Adjust carburetor fuel/air ratio mixture adjustments on a running engine.
  14. Remove, disassemble, clean and rebuild typical marine carburetors.
  15. Diagnose cooling system problems by flow testing and temperature measuring methods.
  16. Perform lubrication system service.

General Education Learning Values & Outcomes

Revised August 2008 and affects outlines for 2008 year 1 and later.

0. Application and Integration

Definition: Applying information from one or more disciplines and/or field experiences in new contexts (Outcome 0.1); developing integrated approaches or responses to personal, academic, professional, and social issues (Outcomes 0.2-0.5).

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
0.1 Apply theories and concepts studied in the classroom to field, clinical, shop, research, or laboratory settings.

1. Information Literacy

Definition: Recognizing when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
1.1 Determine the extent of information needed.

2. Critical Thinking

Definition: The ability to think critically about the nature of knowledge within a discipline and about the ways in which that knowledge is constructed and validated and to be sensitive to the ways these processes often vary among disciplines.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
2.2 Analyze issues and develop questions within a discipline.

3. Communication

Definition: Understanding and producing effective written, spoken, visual, and non-verbal communication.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
3.1 Recognize, read, and comprehend academic and/or professional writing.

7. Aesthetics & Creativity

Definition: Interpreting human experience through engagement with creative processes and aesthetic principles.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
7.1 Demonstrate an understanding of the creative process.

Course Contents

  1. Starting system theory of operation, component testing of battery, wires, cables, solenoids, starter motors.
  2. Charging system theory of operation, component testing of alternators and voltage regulator.
  3. Fuel system operation, component testing of supply lines and valves, lift pump, filters, injector pump, fuel injector.
  4. Injector service operations including pop-testing and adjustment of injectors.
  5. Cooling system service for raw water and fresh water cooled engines.
  6. Lubrication system service for marine diesel engines.
  7. Valve adjustment procedures for typical diesel engines.
  8. Batteries, battery switches, wiring for starting and engine monitoring gauges.
  9. Ignition system operation and repairs for breaker point type, and capacitive discharge ignitions.
  10. Fuel system service including fuel pump, filters and carburetor service and adjustments.
  11. Complete engine tune-up procedures, including winterization activities.