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Brenham · Agricultural Sciences · Agriculture - AGRI

Agricultural Power Units

  • Fall 2021
  • Section 001 CRN-11008
  • 3 Credits
  • 08/30/2021 to 12/16/2021
  • Modified 08/25/2021

Meeting Times

Lecture and Lab

  • Monday, Wednesday, 8:00 AM to 9:50 AM, Rankin Ag Shop 140 and Shop Classroom 130

Contact Information

Instructor: Ben Burroughs

Office Hours

  • RACS 104

Office Hours MW 10-3, TR 1-3, Friday by appointment only. Schedule an appointment via email prior to meeting with me.   


Fundamentals  of  internal  combustion  engines:  gasoline,  diesel,  and  liquefied  petroleum. Maintenance and adjustments of the electrical, ignition, fuel, lubricating, and cooling systems of agricultural power machinery.




Core Curriculum Statement

This course is not a core curriculum course.


Do a valve reconditioning job on a small single cylinder engine

Trouble shoot and repair a small single engine in a given time frame.

Rebuild a small single cylinder gas engine to within specifications of .0015".

Rebuild a multi-cylinder engine to within specifications of .0015".

Correctly measure all wear points of a given engine to an 80% accuracy.

Identify engine components 80% correctly


Optional:  Text: Basic Principles of Four and Two Cycle Internal Engines From: Instructional Materials Service 2004

Briggs and Stratton Online

Module learning system covering components and tools

Course Requirements

  1. Read   and study the above text and answer the test questions at the end of the chapter.
  2. Weekly Quiz - at the end of each week there will be a test at the beginning of the class.  Get to class on time on days that quizzes are taken.  The quiz will consist of short answer questions over the previous week’s lectures.  The lowest weekly quiz grade will be automatically dropped. 
  3. Completely rebuild a small single cylinder gas  engine (Blinn Furnishes).  
  4. Completely rebuild a large multi-cylinder engine (Semester Project).
  5. Major Exams - There will be four  major exams during the semester.  These will cover the texts.,lectures, videos and  and your notes.  They will consist of: multiple choice, fill-in-the-blank, drawings, matching, short answer essay, and at least one long answer essay.
  6. Comprehensive Final and Lab Practical



Classroom tests                            400 points  4 exams at 100 points each
Lab                                     200 points Small engine Disassembly/ Reassembly
Briggs and Stratton Quiz's  110 points On line certifications for small engines
Class Book                         200 points Student personal reference manual containing individual pictures and designed by student to showcase: tools, components, disassembly/reassembly of small engines
Final                              100 points Identify tools, components and answer questions over topics discussed through the semester. 
A = 900-1010              
B = 800 - 899              
C= 700 - 799              
D=  600 - 699              
F= <599              

Blinn College Policies

All policies, guidelines, and procedures in the Blinn College CatalogBlinn College Board Policies, and the Blinn College Administrative Regulations are applicable to this course.

Specific information on civility, attendance, add/drop, scholastic integrity, students with disabilities, final grade appeal, alternative retailers, campus carry and proctoring arrangements and cost.

Notice of any action taken under these protocol and procedures, by Blinn College or its employees, may be delivered by hand, through the U.S. Postal Service, or electronically to the student’s Blinn Buc e-mail account. Notice shall be deemed received upon actual receipt, on deposit in the U.S. Mail, or upon entering the information processing system used by Blinn College for Blinn Buc e-mail accounts, whichever first occurs.

Information about the changes Blinn has made to the Fall semester: Back with Blinn.

Course Policies

1. Be on time for class

2. Wear correct attire for class. You will be getting "dirty" and some of the lab exercises will stain your clothes. 

3. No Flip Flops, or Crocs will be allowed in the lab. If you wear them to class you will be told to go change. If you do not return to class you will be counted absent. 


Week       Meeting Details Meeting Contact Hours Weekly Contact Hours
1 M 8/30/2021   Syllabus, class orientation, lab tour,B&S login and learning 1.5 3
W 9/1/2021   C-History of Engines, L- Station Assignment 1.5
2 M 9/6/2021 Holiday   1.5 3
W 9/8/2021   C-Four Stroke Cycle, L-Small Engine Assignments, B&S- 4 stroke theory 1.5
3 M 9/13/2021   C- Small Engine Construction, L-Lab chemicals and use 1.5 3
W 9/15/2021 Day of Record C- Small Engine Construction, L- Demo Check for wear 1.5
4 M 9/20/2021   C- Micrometers, L- Micrometer Checks,          B&S- Compression 1.5 3
W 9/22/2021   C- Pistons and Rods, L - Begine Dissassembly of 1st engine 1.5
5 M 9/27/2021   C- Rings, L- Begine Dissassembly of Piston rings 1.5 3
W 9/29/2021   C - Engine Bearings, L- Finish disassembly of Enigne 1.5
6 M 10/4/2021   C - Crank Shafts, L- Engine reassembly 1.5 3
W 10/6/2021   C- Blocks, L- Engine reassembly 1.5
7 M 10/11/2021   C- Test 1, L- Finish Engine reassembly 1.5 3
W 10/13/2021   C - Valves, L - Valve settings,                               B&S - Intermediate Carburation 1.5
8 M 10/18/2021   C -  Heads, L- Small Engine 2 start 1.5 3
W 10/20/2021   C- Test 2, L- Begin disassembly of small engine 2 1.5
9 M 10/25/2021   C- 2 cycle engines, L- 2 cycle engines,              B&S - Fuel Systems 1.5 3
W 10/27/2021   C- Fuels, L- continue disassembly of small engine 2 1.5
10 M 11/1/2021   C- Fuel system, L- Small engine checks,            1.5 3
W 11/3/2021   C- Lubricants and Test 2, L- Reassembly of small engine 2 1.5
11 M 11/8/2021   C- Ignition systems, L- Finish reassembly of small engine 2, B&S- Ignition Systems 1.5 3
W 11/10/2021   C- Governers and Cooling systems, L- Run Small Engine 2 1.5
12 M 11/15/2021   C- Diesel Engines and Test 4, L- engine work, B&S - Diesel Theory 1.5 3
W 11/17/2021   C- Turbine and Wankle engines, L- engine work 1.5
13 M 11/22/2021   C- 4 cylinder vs 6 cylinder vs 8 cylinder,              L- engine work, B&S - Governor systems 1.5 3
W 11/24/2021 Holiday   1.5
14 M 11/29/2021   C- 4 cylinder vs 6 cylinder vs 8 cylinder, L- engine work 1.5 3
W 12/1/2021   C- 4 cylinder vs 6 cylinder vs 8 cylinder, L- engine work 1.5
15 M 12/6/2021   Work on class book and finish B&S assignments 1.5 3
W 12/8/2021   Work on class book and finish B&S assignments 1.5
16 M 12/13/2021   Final 3 3
T 12/14/2021      
W 12/15/2021        
R 12/16/2021      
          Total Contact Hours 48