Powersports & Power Equipment Technology

Prepare for a career in power equipment repair in our Powersports and Power Equipment Technology program. Through classroom and lab experience, you’ll develop competence in repairing the most modern powersports equipment as well as chainsaws, lawn and gardening equipment and generators. In this Associate in Applied Science program, Master the skills needed to pursue a career in power equipment technology.

Receive diverse training that prepares you to repair a variety of two and four-cycle engines, powertrains and chassis. Learn how to maintain and repair powersport vehicles such as motorcycles, ATVs, UTVs, snowmobiles and personal watercraft. Acquire the knowledge and skill-set needed to diagnose and service today’s powersport and power equipment.

Gain hands-on experience while working in our modern, high tech service lab and through student internship opportunities. You will receive the training needed, and earn specialized certifications while working on leading industry brands such as Polaris, Victory, Honda, Yamaha, Harley Davidson, Suzuki, Kawasaki, John Deere, Toro, Stihl, Echo and more!

Whether you choose to work at a power equipment dealer, rental center or run your own power equipment repair business, you’ll establish a strong foundation of skills and understanding of powersports equipment repair right here at Iowa Lakes. Prepare to thrive as a technician with plenty of hands-on experience to back you up.


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Students complete the Polaris Master Service Dealer (MSD) certifications at the Bronze and Silver levels while enrolled in the program at Iowa Lakes.


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Faculty Contact

Matthew Bohl
Assistant Professor, Powersports & Power Equipment Technology
712-852-5230 Ext: 5230 | mbohl@iowalakes.educreate new email
Dustin Ross
Assistant Professor, Powersports & Power Equipment Technology
712-852-5260 Ext: 5260 | dross@iowalakes.educreate new email

Program Details

PROGRAM LENGTH: 5 terms

DEGREE: Associate in Applied Science (79 credits)

CAMPUS: Emmetsburg

Internship/Practicum

Did You Know?

Average Salary: $34,470

Projected Employment Growth: 0.2%

Special Certifications Available

What you'll learn

In the Powersports & Power Equipment Technology program at Iowa Lakes, you will learn how to:1

  1. Practice safety in the repair and service of Powersports and Power Equipment systems.
  2. Identify the operational relationships in Powersports and Power Equipment components and systems.
  3. Select appropriate tools and equipment for the task being performed.
  4. Demonstrate effective use of industry related literature to perform repairs.
  5. Evaluate system performance for repair or replacement.
  6. Perform preventative maintenance according to recommended service schedules.
  7. Develop accuracy, proficiency, and quality in tasks performed.

1The What You’ll Learn section of our website provides a description of Learning Outcomes for students who successfully complete all requirements for obtaining a Powersports & Power Equipment Technology Associate in Applied Science degree from Iowa Lakes Community College.

Curriculum

Term 1

Credits: 3

Basic two- and four-stroke engine theory, design and construction. All basic systems are studied, as well as troubleshooting, failure analysis and repair procedures. Service literature, warranties and engine identification are covered.


Credits: 3

Complete disassembly and reassembly of modern engines, troubleshooting, failure analysis and proper repair techniques. Hands-on testing and inspection of engine systems.

Corequisites: MSE 143 – Small Engines Theory


Credits: 1

Safe shop practices and procedures, including safe equipment op­eration, proper tool usage, importance of personal protective gear and how to handle emergency situations.

Corequisites: MSE 143 – Small Engines Theory


Credits:

Basic electrical theory used in the motorcycle and small engine field. Study of Ohm’s Law, electrical symbols, problem solving, types of circuits, usage of a VOM and other electrical test equipment .Lecture and laboratory.

Corequisites: MSE 143 – Small Engines Theory


Credits: 3

This course is an introduction to the various types of drives and power delivery systems which will be encountered in the outdoor power equipment industry. Construction, operation, maintenance, and repair of outdoor power equipment, and other systems including transmissions, clutches, belt dives, sprocket and chain drive, hydraulics, and hydrostatic drives. Assembly, disassembly, inspection, troubleshooting, and repair of these systems are also covered.

Prerequisites: MSE 143 – Small Engines Theory


Credits: 3

Students are given the opportunity to apply human relations concepts and evaluate experience and observations. Social skills required in various occupational settings will be developed, emphasizing how appropriate personal attitudes lead to social and business success.


Credits: 2

Principles and applications of gas and MIG welding theory, safety and shop practices are covered. Lecture and laboratory.


Term 2

Credits: 3

Developing skills in reading, writing and listening as they apply to students’ vocational needs.


Credits: 2

Engine disassembly, reassembly, operation of various motorcycle and ATV engines. Includes adjustment and testing of engines.

Prerequisites: First semester of program

Corequisites: MOT 131 – Motorcycle Engine 2&4 Stroke


Credits: 3

This course includes the construction and design of motorcycle engines, both two and four stroke. Correct service procedures, troubleshooting, failure analysis, and theory.


Credits: 3

Motorcycle fuel systems including carburetion, fuel injection and oil injection. Troubleshooting, testing, adjustments and disas­sembly/reassembly are covered. Proper service procedures are discussed, demonstrated and practiced. Lecture and laboratory.

Prerequisites: First two semesters of program


Credits: 4

This course covers the functions, construction, and operation of motorcycle drive systems, chassis, and suspension systems. Their importance in the safe operation and control of a motorcycle is discussed. Disassembly, assembly, troubleshooting, and repair of these components are covered.


Credits: 3

A course in elementary mathematical skills for technicians. Topics covered include fundamental operations with whole numbers, fractions, decimals and signed numbers; percents; geometric figures and basic constructions; area and volume formulas; English/Metric systems; measurements; and basic algebraic equations and applications.

Prerequisites: Appropriate placement score


Term 3

Credits: 3

Study of the construction, principles of operation and design of motorcycle ignition and electrical systems.


Credits: 4

Student is involved in a supervised cooperative work experience in a dealership.


Term 4

Credits: 3

Introduction to ATV’s and all of their systems.


Credits: 4

This course includes tune up procedures for both two and four stroke engines. Since it is not only the engines that require maintenance, the maintenance items for Motorcycles and ATVs themselves are also covered in depth.


Credits: 4

This course will better prepare the student for real life drivability and troubleshooting problems that they will encounter in the field.


Credits: 2

This course includes Dyno usage, data analysis, and tuning.


Credits: 3

This course is an introduction to fundamentals of business, including evaluations, typical forms of business, accounting, management styles, marketing and customer service skills. Concepts of business and management functions, organizational considerations, and decision-making processes, are studied.


Credits: 3

The basic fundamentals of business. Basic business and economic concepts and terminology; management, marketing, finance, human resource management, accounting and other business areas.


Credits: 3

Principles of Management provides the student with a conceptual framework for understanding the basic theories of management. Emphasis is placed on the internal and external environment, ethics, planning, goal setting, decision making, organizational structure, motivation and group dynamics, and effective control mechanisms for establishing and accomplishing business objectives.


Credits: 3

In a Windows environment, the focus of this course is to use hardware and software as business productivity tools. Training includes a hands-on introduction to computer applications vital in business and industry .The course covers computer terminol­ogy, operating system, email, and Internet applications .Hands on training is provided for software business applications includ­ing word processing, spreadsheet, database, and presentation software.


Credits: 3

CSC-110 is an introductory course that surveys a variety of topics to include history, hardware, software, terminology, com­munications, computer ethics, and societal impact of computers. In addition to computer literacy, students will complete hands-on modules using operating systems, word processing, database, presentation, and spreadsheet software; such as Microsoft Office programs.


Choose either BUS 126, BUS 102 or MGT 101
Choose either BCA 212 or CSC 110

Term 5

Credits: 4

This course provides the student with the advanced electrical diagnosis and troubleshooting skills needed to work in the Motor­cycle and Small Engine Industry.


Credits: 4

This course will prepare the student to better diagnose, trouble­shoot, and tune fuel systems. It will also better prepare them to be able to tune all types of fuel systems to be able to meet emis­sions standards.


Credits: 3

An introduction to Outdoor Power Equipment.


Credits: 3

Snowmobile systems including clutches, suspensions, engines, tracks and other components are studied. Proper service tech­niques, troubleshooting, assembly and disassembly are covered along with a unit on performance work. Lecture and laboratory.

Prerequisites: MSE 151 – Shop Safety and Procedures


Credits: 3

Theory and hands-on lab for all systems in personal watercraft including jet pumps, engines and steering systems. Repair, troubleshooting and service procedures are covered. Lecture and laboratory.

Prerequisites: First two semesters of program