Powersports and Small Engine Repair Technology

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Program Exploration Event

Interested in a career as a Powersports and Small Engine Repair Technician? Join us on Nov. 17, 2021, from 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. at the Nampa Campus Micron Education Center in room 1301 to:  

  • Learn first-hand about a future career from industry leaders
  • Understand the importance of education in this career field
  • Introduction to the program and what to expect from faculty
  • Tips on how to prepare for a successful start
  • Personal tour of program lab space and technology


The growing popularity of powersports, including recreational vehicles, motorcycles, snowmobiles, ATVs, and much more, has created a demand for highly skilled powersports and small engine repair technicians. The training you receive at CWI is focused on developing you into a powersports and small engine repair technician in as little as one year.

One comprehensive program includes:

  • Motorcycle technician training
  • ATV training
  • Personal watercraft training
  • Snowmobile technician training
  • Side by Side and UTV training
  • Outboard motor training
  • Commercial Lawn and Maintenance equipment training
  • Handheld Outdoor Power Equipment training

You will learn:

  • Repair service
  • Maintenance
  • Industry technology
  • Diagnostic skills

CWI has relationships with manufacturers in the industry that provide access to the newest equipment, and the tools and technology to work on them.

    Manufacturer and Industry Partnerships:

    Polaris, BRP, Harley Davidson, STIHL, Briggs and Stratton, Western Power Sports, CDK Global and EETC

    Briggs & StrattonEquipment & Engine Training CouncilPolarisStihl Power EquipmentWestern Power Sports

    Powersports and Small Engine Repair Program in the news:

    CWI featured in SnoWest Magazine

    Get started on your future in Powersports and Small Engine Repair with education and training from College of Western Idaho.

    Apply Today

    New Students

    In addition to the New Student Orientation, you participate in as part of the college application process, you must attend a program orientation prior to registering for the Powersports and Small Engine Repair Technology courses.

    Sign up to receive information about upcoming program orientation dates. Program Orientation Dates

    If you have questions about the program, please contact Alex Beal at alexbeal@cwi.edu.

    Why This Program

    CWI has partnered with some of the largest factory level companies in the business to develop a curriculum that will prepare you for a career in powersports and small engine repair. These partnerships include Polaris, BRP, Harley Davidson, STIHL, Briggs and Stratton, Western Power Sports, CDK Global and EETC. When you leave this program you will have the factory level certifications employers are looking for. While in the program you will have the opportunity to diagnose, estimate and repair real world problems using factory donated equipment, mock-up equipment and the most beneficial, live work equipment.

    What You Will Learn to Do

    • Diagnose and repair snowmobiles, motorcycles, personal watercraft, outboard motors, chain saws, ATVs, UTVs, 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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    Powersports and Small Engine Repair Technology students spend a day picking up trash on public lands in Kuna. 

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