Degrees and Certifications:
Mr. Dale Smith
POWER EQUIPMENT TECHNOLOGY INSTRUCTOR
A proud native of Warrensburg, Missouri, Mr. Smith earned a bachelor’s degree in history and a master’s degree in career and technical education at the University of Central Missouri where he served as a teaching assistant for two years. Mr. Smith has been around small engines and equipment his whole life because his family has been in the lawn equipment business since 1958, well before Mr. Smith was born! Mr. Smith worked at the family business in sales, repair, and service for 12 years before deciding to move to St. Charles to teach at Lewis & Clark in 1997. Mr. Smith has earned certification in both 4-cycle and 2-cycle engines and he is widely known in the St. Charles community and around Lewis & Clark as a very approachable expert in his field.
Mr. Smith enjoys coaching “flyball” teams of dogs, woodworking, and traveling. He has one daughter and one granddaughter.
“I enjoy helping my students work to their potential and helping them develop a future where they can be successful.”
1 or 2 year program*; 3 units of credit per year
This program prepares juniors and/or seniors to diagnose and repair two- and four-cycle engines on such equipment as lawn mowers, chainsaws, rototillers, edgers and trimmers. Power equipment instruction ranges from home-use equipment to commercial equipment.
Students will learn to adjust, clean, lubricate and when necessary, replace worn or defective parts such as spark plugs, ignition parts, valves and carburetors. Other skills taught include wheel alignment, deck repair, blade balancing, blade and chain sharpening, battery testing and electrical repair. Troubleshooting and problem solving on all types of equipment are stressed.
Good reading skills are required, as students will need to be able to refer to service manuals for detailed directions.
*Students desiring to enroll for a second year must have at least earned a “C” on the final exam, at least a “B” in the course, shown exemplary citizenship in class, and have the ability and desire to be a leader to first-year students.