Powersports and Small Engine Repair Technology

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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. College of Western Idaho's (CWI) Powersports and Small Engine Repair program can help you become a 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

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Powersports and Small Engine Repair Program in the news:

CWI featured in SnoWest Magazine


Complete the following steps to get started in the Powersports and Small Engine Repair program:

  • Apply to CWI​​ selecting Powersports and Small Engine Repair as your planned major. 
  • Attend a Program Exploration event to learn about the program, register for classes, and prepare for success.

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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Are you interested in learning more about careers and programs to help you get the job you want? If so, plan to attend one of College of Western Idaho's (CWI) Program Exploration Events!

Powersports students on BLM land in Kuna

Powersports and Small Engine Repair Technology students spend a day picking up trash on public lands in Kuna. 

Stihl Northwest visited College of Western Idaho on Nov. 15 and 16 for industry training.

Stihl Northwest visited the College recently for industry training and a special donation.

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

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