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DOBSON — Understanding and repairing automatic transmissions or small engines, such as lawnmowers, is a great money-saver and could be the beginnings of a new career. Beginning in August and September through Corporate and Continuing Education, Surry Community College is offering two classes to help you learn the trade of engine repair.

Automatic Transmissions began Tuesday and ends Dec. 11. The class will meet on Tuesday and Thursday from 6 to 9 p.m. on the Dobson campus in the V Building shop. Adam Vaughn will teach the class, which is limited to 12 students.

Operation, diagnosis, service, and repair of automatic transmissions and/or transaxles will be covered in this class. Topics include hydraulic, mechanical, and electrical/electronic operation of automatic drive trains and the use of appropriate service tools and equipment. Upon completion, students should be able to explain operational theory and diagnose and repair automatic drive-trains. Students are welcome to bring in their own projects; however, space will be an issue. If at all possible, students should remove and re-install the transmissions outside of class. Vehicle lifts are available and will be provided on a first-come first-served basis.

Small Engine Repair begins Sept. 4 and ends Dec. 18. The class will meet on Monday and Thursday from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. on the Dobson campus V Building shop. Bernays White is the instructor.

The classes will be held primarily in a lab setting, so students receive full benefit from a hands-on environment. A small set of tools is required (sockets, ratchets, screwdrivers, etc.) for both classes. The college will provide specialty tools in most instances. If a student wishes to bring in their own transmission or small engine, they will need to provide all parts and materials necessary to complete the rebuild.

The tuition for each class is $183. Registration is open at this time and is also available online at www.surry.edu. For more information, call 386-3229.

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