Mechanic to share his small-engine passion

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

McCOOK, Nebraska -- When he was in his small engine repair shop people always told Thomas Whipple he should teach a class about his life-long passion.

Now that he is retired, the Arapahoe man plans to do just that by offering an eight-hour class at McCook Community College on small engine repair with an overview of two-stroke and four-stroke cycle and associated components.

For anyone who ever had an interest in small engine repair, an informational meeting has been set for Oct. 23 at 7 p.m. in room 201 of McMillen Hall on the MCC campus.

Whipple retired from the army in 1993 and honed his small engine repair skills at Lake Ozark Technical School and went to work for the Motor Hut in Camdenton, Mo. where he serviced a wide range of engines from all-terrain vehicles, personal water craft, lawn mowers, and chainsaws.

In 2006 he moved to Arapahoe and opened up Whips Place. It was his loyal customer base that encouraged him to share his knowledge. His ultimate goal is to provide training and education for future small engine repair technicians because he sees such a demand for it.

Whipple will be on hand at the informational meeting to speak to anyone with an interest in small engine repair and in taking this eight-hour, non-credit class. For more information contact Whipple at (308) 962-7319 or contact the Mid-Plains Community College Center For Enterprise at 345-8122.

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