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


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

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Requirements and Costs

Degrees and Certificates

Powersports and Small Engine Repair Technology, Associate of Applied Science



Delivery Formats:

Powersports and Small Engine Repair Technology, Advanced Technical Certificate



Delivery Formats:

Powersports and Small Engine Repair Technology, Intermediate Technical Certificate



Delivery Formats:

Powersports and Small Engine Repair Technology 1, Basic Technical Certificate



Delivery Formats:

Powersports and Small Engine Repair Technology 2, Basic Technical Certificate



Delivery Formats:

Powersports and Small Engine Repair Technology, Basic Technical Certificate



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Important Dates for Credit Programs

  Spring 2017 Summer 2017 Fall 2017
Registration Open November 14 April 10 April 10
Financial Aid Priority Date December 5 May 15 July 10
Admission Deadline December 30 May 19 August 4
Last Day to Register January 13 June 2 August 18
Tuition and Fees Due January 13 June 2 August 18
Classes Begin January 17* June 5* August 21
*Some classes begin before or after this date. See the 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

News and Blogs

CWI swept away the competition with 37 medals at this year's SkillsUSA State Conference.

The 5th annual Skills on Wheels Auto Show returns April 22 from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

The sale features outdoor power equipment as well as lawn and garden equipment.

CWI students earned 27 medals at the event, including 20 gold medals.

The sale features outdoor power equipment as well as lawn and garden equipment.

The Powersports and Small Engine Repair program’s annual equipment sale will be held March 30-April 3.

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