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. 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.


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


Faculty Contact

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

Program Details


DEGREE: Diploma (43 credits)

CAMPUS: Emmetsburg


Did You Know?

Average Salary: $34,470

Projected Employment Growth: 0.2%

Special Certifications Available


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


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.

† indicates a course that fulfills the diversity requirement. This course may also fulfill another general AA requirement.