ECHO Inc. Supports Education
When ECHO was approached by McHenry Community High School in McHenry County, Illinois regarding expanding their Power Mechanics class, we saw a great opportunity to help educate students and promote the ECHO brand. Dave Garrett, the Power Mechanics instructor, teaches over 150 students each year. In 2012 they had only 4-stroke Briggs & Stratton engines for the students to learn with. Thanks to ECHO’s generous donation of 32 PB-265 blowers, their program has expanded to include 2- stroke engine theory and diagnostics.
Dave took the initiative one step further and contacted the EETC (Engine & Equipment Training Council) and McHenry High School is now in the process of becoming EETC accredited. EETC http://www.eetc.org/home.html is a non-profit association whose goal is to address the shortage of qualified service technicians in the outdoor power equipment industry. Made up of more than 450 industry professionals including manufacturers, distributors, dealers, associations, and educators, the EETC is striving to create professional power equipment technicians for today's sophisticated power equipment products. In order to meet these needs, the association has developed the EETC Technician Certification program to measure the skill level of repair technicians working in the industry today.
EETC accreditation is very important to schools because it ensures that their school has all the necessary tools, engines and the right curriculum available for their students. This will provide them with the skills they need should they choose a job as an outdoor power equipment technician.
Ron Jensen, Sr. Manager, Product Training and Consumer Support, and Dan Lloyd National Service Administrator paid a visit to Dave’s Power Mechanics classroom last spring and provided an informative and interesting power point presentation on small engines and career paths in power equipment industry. Students then participated in a hands-on activity learning about different 2-stroke emission engine technology and performing adjustments on 2-stroke engines, after which they were invited outside to operate some of the ECHO power equipment.
The support ECHO provided to the McHenry Community High School has resulted in a more well-rounded and comprehensive small engines program, and afforded the students hands-on experiences they would not have otherwise enjoyed. Future plans include more hands-on activities with these 2-stroke engines and offering a second semester of Power Mechanics for students.