Episode 19 – Compression Ratio

In this episode, Steve and Chuck introduce a new segment of the podcast called “Ask The Tech” where they take questions received on the AERA techline and explain the answers. This episode is on compression ratio, understanding what it is and how a machining process can change the compression ratio. Our history segment covers an invention that we all probably like in our vehicles – the cruise control!

Episode 18 – Fernando Curello

Steve and Chuck introduce you to AERA’s newest technical specialist, Fernando Curello. Fernando comes from the manufacturing side of our industry but has a vast knowledge of engine building – and he speaks Spanish. Junior Johnson makes our history segment for the month of June with his moonshine and NASCAR history.

Episode 17 – Small Diesel Engine Opportunities

Steve and Chuck interview Paul Kelly from Maxiforce Engine Parts, who supplies diesel engine parts, about the opportunities that are out there for machine shops in the small-bore diesel engine market. Paul enlightens everyone about how one engine can be used in several different pieces of equipment from one manufacturer. Also, this month’s history segment pertains to the Indianapolis 500 and how one of our longtime associate members participated in the Indianapolis 500 in the early years.

Episode 16 – API Engine Oils

Chuck Lynch and Dave Hagen interview Jeff Harmening from the American Petroleum Institute (API). Jeff explains licensing of engine oils, proper storage and handling, engine oil specifications, diesel engine oils, and what should engine builders expect with new engine oils. Steve and Chuck also discuss the Ford Flathead V8 engine during the history segment of the podcast. They also let you know about the upcoming AERA Regional Tech & Skills Conferences.

Episode 15 – Magnetism

Chuck and guest co-host Dave Hagen, AERA’s Senior Technician (filling in for Steve for this episode), discuss how parts can become magnetized and how to demagnetize those parts. February is the month of NASCAR as the Daytona 500 kicks off the 2022 season, so they also cover the formation of NASCAR. Plus, one little nugget about the 2021 Ford Bronco Engine!

Episode 14 – Incoming Part Inspection

Steve and Chuck discuss the importance of inspecting and checking your incoming parts before you start to assemble that engine. Making sure that that the parts you ordered are correct by taking measurements and comparing is a vital step in making sure that engine runs and last. Also discussed is the finishing of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway which was completed in December of 1909. Take a listen and learn a little history as well as checking and inspecting parts coming into the machine shop!

Episode 13 – AERA Online Training

Steve and Chuck discuss the AERA Engine Machinist Online Training and Certification Program with AERA’s Rob Munro and special guest Dave Capitolo, who is an instructor from De Anza College. Dave goes into detail about how he uses the program in his classroom to help teach engine rebuilding. The group discusses the program and how it can benefit you moving forward when looking for job placement in the engine machining/building industry. Steve and Chuck also discuss the BOSS 302 and everything happening at the upcoming PRI Show for AERA!

Episode 12 – Torque Plates

Steve and Chuck take a deep dive into why you should use a torque plate when honing the cylinder block and its importance. Also, do you know which car manufacturer and model just hit the 50 million mark in sales? They will inform you as well as which engine hit the 2 million production mark in 1955. Take a listen and subscribe to the Engine Professional podcast!

Episode 11 – The Importance of Balancing Engine Components

Steve and Chuck talk with Randy Neal from CWT Industries about the importance of balancing engine components. Randy goes into detail about balancing and why it is so important. Take a listen and subscribe to the Engine Professional Podcast!

Episode 10 – What is Tribology

Steve and Chuck talk with Lake Speed Jr from Total Seal Piston Rings about Tribology and what it is, piston rings and bore sealing. But before the discussion with Lake, they take a step back in time to enlighten the listeners on some history for July when the first Ford vehicle sold back in 1903!