Powersports and Small Engine Repair Technology

Fuel Your Future with Comprehensive Powersports and Engine Repair Mastery

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Program Overview

Are you intrigued by the power and precision of engines of engines and have a passion for powersports? The Powersports and Small Engine Repair Technology program at College of Western Idaho (CWI) is designed just for you. In this program, you will dive into the world of engine repair, maintenance, and troubleshooting, working on everything from from chainsaws to side-by-sides. With a focus on partnerships with leading industry players, you will gain insights and experience that set you apart in the job market.

This program blends classroom theory with practical experience in workshops and training by experienced professionals. Through our partnerships, you will have unique opportunities to engage with the industry, understand real-world applications, and build a network that supports your career growth.

Degree or Certificate Type

Associate of Applied Science

Intermediate Technical Certificate

Basic Technical Certificate

Time to Complete

1 – 2 years

Primary Location

Program Exploration – March 12

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Learning Opportunities

  • Engine Repair Fundamentals: Develop skills in repairing and maintaining a range of small engines and powersports vehicles.
  • Diagnostic Skills: Learn the foundations of troubleshooting and diagnosing mechanical issues.
  • Industry Partnerships: Benefit from collaborations with industry leaders, gaining invaluable insights and experiences.
  • Hands-on Workshop Training: Gain practical experience with the latest tools and equipment in our fully-equipped lab.
  • Career Launchpad: Prepare for a rewarding career in powersports and small engine repair, supported by industry connections.
  • Certification Preparation: Ready yourself for important industry certifications valued by employers such as the Equipment & Engine Training Council (EETC) Technician Certification exams.

Industry Partnerships

Your education at CWI is supported by local industry that provides OEM equipment and certification along with giving direction for the current training requirements in the industry. Partnerships include Polaris, BRP, Echo, STIHL, Briggs and Stratton, and Yamaha.

Area of Study

Degrees & Certificates

Powersports and Small Engine Repair Technology – Associate of Applied Science Degree

Powersports and Small Engine Repair Technology – Intermediate Technical Certificate

Powersports and Small Engine Repair Technology – Basic Technical Certificate

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Career Opportunities

  • Maintenance and Repair Workers, General

    Perform work involving the skills of two or more maintenance or craft occupations to keep machines, mechanical equipment, or the structure of a building in repair. Duties may involve pipe fitting; HVAC maintenance; insulating; welding; machining; carpentry; repairing electrical or mechanical equipment; installing, aligning, and balancing new equipment; and repairing buildings, floors, or stairs. Excludes “Facilities Managers” (11-3013) and “Maintenance Workers, Machinery” (49-9043).

    135

    Annual Openings*

    $17.97

    Hourly Median Wage*

    $37,378

    Annual Median Salary

    21.69%

    Growth (2021 – 2031)*

  • Outdoor Power Equipment and Other Small Engine Mechanics

    Diagnose, adjust, repair, or overhaul small engines used to power lawn mowers, chain saws, recreational sporting equipment, and related equipment.

    6

    Annual Openings*

    $17.30

    Hourly Median Wage*

    $35,984

    Annual Median Salary

    14.42%

    Growth (2021 – 2031)*

  • Motorboat Mechanics and Service Technicians

    Repair and adjust electrical and mechanical equipment of inboard or inboard-outboard boat engines. Excludes “Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine Specialists” (49-3031).

    3

    Annual Openings*

    $15.53

    Hourly Median Wage*

    $32,302

    Annual Median Salary

    48.87%

    Growth (2021 – 2031)*

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*Data sourced from Lightcast™ (2023), a global leader in labor market analytics, and limited to the state of Idaho. Contact CWI Institutional Research for questions regarding this data.

Admissions

Step 1

  • Apply to CWI.
  • Choose Powersports and Small Engine Repair as your major.

Step 2

  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

STEP 3

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