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Engine Building Fundamentals


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The Engine Building Fundamentals course will give you the knowledge, skills, and confidence to correctly assemble engines while avoiding costly mistakes.

You will learn about the critical tolerances and clearances in the engine, how to how to decide on the correct clearances for your application, and see how to use specialised measuring equipment to confirm the clearances are correct. You’ll learn about the common machining operations that will be required for an engine assembly and this will allow you to speak the same language as the engine machinist when you’re specifying the work required. 

The concepts presented in this course are the fundamental core principles that are applicable to any engine assembly job. Regardless whether you’re assembling a Mitsubishi 4G63, a Toyota 2JZ, or a GM LS3, the lessons learned in this course will be 100% applicable to you. 

This course is theory-based, and contains the knowledge and techniques we believe are essential foundations to anyone interested in assembling engines. Once you’ve completed this course we recommend our Practical Engine Building course which takes these principles and applies them in real engine assembly worked examples that you can follow along.

This course assumes that you will be working with an automotive machine shop in order to perform the raw machining of your engine ready for assembly. This course doesn’t cover in detail the process of machining an engine block or engine components - This work is beyond the realm of the home enthusiast and general performance workshop as it requires potentially hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of specialty equipment as well as extensive experience in how to correctly operate it.

What you will learn
  • What engine blueprinting is
  • Essential engine machining processes
  • How to use precision measuring equipment
  • How to select the correct clearances for your application
  • How to file piston ring end gaps
  • How to check bearing oil clearances

Common Questions

What skill level is this course aimed at?

This course starts right at the beginning making it ideal for beginners with no experience what so ever. It also provides great information at a more intermediate level for those who have already had some experience.

Can I watch the course videos whenever suits me?

You can access your course material via our website, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

Does this apply to turbo or supercharged engines?

Yes! 100%! The same fundamental principles apply to naturally aspirated, or forced induction (turbo and supercharged etc) engines. Things just happen a lot faster in the latter!

You don't use exactly the same brand of tools or engine as I do. Does that matter?

No! So long as you are building a 4 stroke piston engine, there is knowledge in this course that applies to YOU. Same for tooling, it doesn't matter what your favourite brand is, their tool is made to do the same thing as the next brand.

Do I get a certificate?

Yes, we provide a digital certificate of completion with every course you complete. This is great for the workshop wall or CV.

Where is this course located?

This is an online course. You can learn wherever and whenever you like. You don't need to travel, and you don't need to work to the tutors pace, instead you can start, stop and reference any topic you want to as you see fit.

What happens if I have questions or need help?

You can get answers to your questions in our members only forum. Our tutors answer questions very regularly and are dedicated to your success.

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