Powersports and Small Engine Repair Technology

“This is one of the premier programs in the country, due in part to the wide range of things that we work on. Our curriculum gives students the opportunity to choose the field that they want to specialize in.” --Kirk Wartman, Program Head

Program Overview

The need for repair technicians specializing in powersports vehicles and small engines has skyrocketed in recent years thanks to the overwhelming popularity of power toys, recreational vehicles, and motorized small vehicles. Small engines present a fun troubleshooting challenge—and, in our program, you will learn to repair everything from dirt bikes to the latest lawn-care equipment. Our graduates learn skills in many types of repair, from vintage engines that customers want to keep forever to the latest computerized, high-end components. This is a two-year program that will give you skills for a lifetime of employment—working for yourself or someone else.

What will you learn to do?

  • Diagnose and repair snowmobiles, motorcycles, personal watercraft, outboard motors, chain saws, lawn and garden equipment, and outdoor power equipment
  • Understand operating principles for two- and four-cycle engines
  • Understand basic electricity
  • Service and maintain fuel and carburetor systems, transmissions, and power train systems
  • Perform complete engine overhauls and basic engine tune-ups
  • Manage and inventory parts
  • Perform basic chassis tune-ups
  • Utilize computers in the workplace
  • Effectively communicate with customers and peers

What kind of degree(s) can you earn?

* This PTC not eligible for federal financial aid due to program length

What else should you know?

All students accepted into this program must submit to a drug or alcohol test at the beginning of the program and at their own expense.

Orientation: Orientation Sign Up

Students who are registered for the program must attend a mandatory orientation session. Orientation will be held at the Micron Center for Professional Technical Education. Students who are registered for the program will receive a reminder email thru their myCWI email account regarding orientation. Any student who is interested in learning more about the program and requirements may also attend.

Requirements

Degree Plan

* This PTC not eligible for federal financial aid due to program length

Orientation: Orientation Sign Up

Students who are registered for the program must attend a mandatory orientation session. Orientation will be held at the Micron Center for Professional Technical Education. Students who are registered for the program will receive a reminder email thru their myCWI email account regarding orientation. Any student who is interested in learning more about the program and requirements may also attend.

Instructor Info

Program Chair:
Kirk Wartman
208.562.2352
kirkwartman@cwidaho.cc

Instructor:
Jared Hemley
jaredhemley@cwidaho.cc

Career Info

What kind of career can you expect?

Power Sports (Recreational) and Small Engine Repair technicians maintain and repair a variety of two- and four-cycle engines and related components, including those used in:

  • Snowmobiles
  • Motorcycles
  • Personal watercraft
  • Outboard motors
  • Chain saws
  • Lawn and garden equipment
  • Outdoor power equipment

What skills, traits, or prep classes would be helpful?

  • Interest in recreational and small engine industry
  • Good reading and math skills
  • Mechanical aptitude
  • Finger/manual dexterity
  • Ability to evaluate and make decisions
  • Safety consciousness
  • Good eyesight
  • Fluency in the English language