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Powersports and Small Engine Repair Technology

CWI Powersports Small Engine

This is one of the premier programs in the country, due in part to the wide range of things that we work on.
Kirk Wartman, Program Chair

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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.

Why This Program

CWI's Powersports and Small Engine Repair Technology program is ranked in the top five nationally and accredited by the Equipment & Engine Training Council (EETC). The program's curriculum, taught by EETC certified Instructors, provides students with the opportunity to choose the field they wish to specialize in. Students will learn the basics of all facets of small engines and the equipment they power. A majority of the lab work is live work, rather than mock-up work, which allows students to troubleshoot and diagnose problems or failures. Upon completion of the program, students will possess the necessary skills and traits to be successful in the the powersports and small engine industry.

What You Will 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


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Gainful Employment

For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who have completed the program, and other important information, please visit our website at cwidaho.cc/ge

Requirements and Costs

Degrees and Certificates

Associate of Applied Science in Powersports and Small Engine Repair Technology



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Advanced Technical Certificate in Powersports and Small Engine Repair Technology



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Intermediate Technical Certificate in Powersports and Small Engine Repair Technology



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Basic Technical Certificate in Powersports and Small Engine Repair Technology



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Basic Technical Certificate in Advanced Powersports and Small Engine Repair Technology



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Basic Technical Certificate in Basic Powersports and Small Engine Repair Technology



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Important Dates for Credit Programs

  Summer 2015 Fall 2015 Spring 2016
Registration Open April 13 April 13 November 9
Financial Aid Priority Date May 11 July 13 November 23
Admission Deadline May 15 August 7 December 21
Last Day to Register May 29 August 21 January 8
Tuition and Fees Due May 29 August 21 January 8
Classes Begin June 1* August 24 January 11
*Some classes begin before this date. See class schedule for more information.

Skills, Traits, and Prep Classes

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


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Financial Aid Available

Did you know that as a student in this program you may be eligible for financial aid? Through grants, scholarships, and loans, more than 60 percent of first-time, full-time CWI students receive some form of financial assistance. To learn more about financial aid options and whether you may be eligible, visit Financial Aid.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition for a full-time CWI student averages half the cost of a state university and a third of the cost of a private college. Tuition and fees vary based on program and residence. Visit Tuition and Fees for more information.

Career Info

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


  • Engine Repair Specialist
  • Suspension Tuning and Repair Specialist
  • BLM Technician
  • Army Core of Engineers Technician
  • Service Writer
  • Technician
  • Service Manager
  • Parts Person
  • Parts Manager
  • Entry Level Technician
  • Shop Assistant
  • Regional Service Representative
  • Regional Sales Representative
  • Business Owner
  • Resort Rental Equipment Repair
  • Powersports Rental Technician
  • Motorcycle Salesperson
  • Lot Tech
  • Parts Salesperson
  • Service Technician
  • Motorsports Technician
  • Parts and Accessories Associate
  • Outboard Mechanic
  • Motorcycle Technician
  • Shipping and Receiving Associate
  • Power Equipment Salesperson
  • Power Equipment Technician
  • Powersports Technician
  • Sports Technician


Nampa Campus Micron Center for Professional Technical Education

5725 E. Franklin Road, Nampa, ID 83687