Skagit Valley College

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 Course Title:   Outboard Motor Operation and Service

 Title Abbreviation:   OUTBOARD MOTOR OP/SERVIC

 Department:    MT

 Course #:    240

 Credits:    3

 Variable:     No

 IUs:    3.5

 CIP:    n/a

 EPC:    n/a

 REV:    2021

 Course Description  

Introduction to outboard motors as the world's most common marine propulsion system. Focuses on the operation and service of small outboard motors, specifically 2-stroke and 4-stroke portable units under 20 horsepower. Covers maintenance and repair of fuel, cooling, ignition, and lubrication systems in addition to outboard winterization, commissioning, and tune-up procedures.


Prerequisite: None.

Additional Course Details

Contact Hours (based on 11 week quarter)

Lecture: 22

Lab: 22

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. Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of 2-stroke and 4-stroke outboard engine theory, operation, and service by discussion and examination.
  2. Identify the major components of an outboard motor and explain their function.
  3. Perform basic maintenance and repair procedures on outboard engine fuel, cooling, ignition, and lubrication systems by demonstrating competency in the lab.
  4. Perform outboard motor winterization and spring commissioning tasks in accordance with manufacturer procedures.

General Education Learning Values & Outcomes

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

Course Contents

  1. Fundamentals of outboard motor theory, including 2-stroke and 4-stroke comparisons, engine parts identification and function, and safe engine operation.
  2. Fuel system components, operation, service, and safety, including carburetor and fuel pump repair.
  3. Cooling system design, operation, and service, including water pump impeller and thermostat replacement.
  4. Ignition system theory and troubleshooting, including spark and coil testing procedures.
  5. Lower unit service and basic maintenance, including pressure testing, propeller removal, and gear oil changes.
  6. Outboard electrical system basics, including troubleshooting electrical starting and charging circuits.
  7. Engine winterization and spring commissioning procedures.