OPRV 130 ELECTRICAL/ELECTRONIC
Outdoor Power and Recreational Vehicle Technology
2 Credit Hours 48 hours
I. Course description:
This course will introduce the student to the general theory, design and principles of
DC current operating in ATVs , motorcycles, snowmobiles, and outdoor power
equipment. Topics to be explored include: current flow, Ohms’ law, voltage,
amperage, circuit type, test equipment, symbols used in electrical diagrams, as well as
reading and understanding electrical diagrams in technical publications. This course
will include lecture and lab in each session and will not be split into two separate
II. Class size: 20
III. Class Offered: First(fall) Semester
IV. Course Prerequisite: None
V. Course Purpose:
This course will provide the student with the knowledge of basic electrical and
electronic systems used in the powersports and outdoor power equipment industries
as well as provide the diagnostic skills necessary to apply this knowledge. The
student will study various charging and ignition systems as well as fuel injection and
engine control systems with emphasis on troubleshooting and diagnostic skills.
VI. Major Course Objectives:
Upon completion of course students will be able to:
A. List and explain the three basic units of electrical measurement
B. Define Ohm’s law and explain how it affects electrical systems on motorcycles,
ATVs, snowmobiles and outdoor power equipment.
C. Explain electron theory and describe why it is important to the study of electricity.
D. Explain magnets and magnetism and their role in the ignition and charging
E. Explain the differences and similarities between electronic and mechanical
F. Utilize a digital voltmeter for testing electrical and electronic circuits
G. Diagnose charging, ignition and starting circuit faults
H. Define the three elements of spark plug design which determine their intended
application and explain why it is important to understand them.
I. Utilize electrical diagrams in order to diagnose electrical problems in circuits on
ATVs ,motorcycles and snowmobiles or outdoor power equipment.
J. Recognize and define the common symbols found on an electrical diagram.
K. Understand wire size, amperage draw and load requirements which determine
circuit design and be able to utilize this information when repairing electrical
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