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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
- 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
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.
- Contact George Turner at firstname.lastname@example.org for upcoming event dates and times.
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
Requirements and Costs
Degrees and 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
Explore the resources below for information, dates, and deadlines related to admissions, financial aid, registration, and next steps.
|Dates & Deadlines for Credit Programs||Summer 2023||Fall 2023||Spring 2024|
|Priority Registration Begins 1||N/A||Apr 10||Nov 13 (2023)|
|Open Registration Begins||Feb 27||Apr 17||Nov 20 (2023)|
|Financial Aid Priority Deadline||May 13||Jul 29||Dec 16 (2023)|
|Admission Deadline 2||May 27||Aug 12||Jan 6|
|Last Day to Register for Classes||Jun 2||Aug 18||Jan 12|
|Tuition and Fees Due||Jun 2||Aug 18||Jan 12|
|Classes Begin 3||Jun 5||Aug 21||Jan 16|
1 Priority registration is limited to continuing students. Students are assigned a registration time based on their cumulative credits earned. Students should check myCWI and their CWI email to learn their assigned registration time. Students may register online anytime on or after their assigned registration time.
2 The Admission Deadline for international students is earlier than the deadline for non-international students and is only available during the fall and spring semesters. Please consult the Academic Calendar for the international student admission deadlines.
3 Classes in shorter sessions (including 4-, 5-, and 8-week sessions) may begin before or after this date. Please refer to the specific class session sections beneath the full Academic Calendar for more information.
Skills, Traits, and Prep Classes
- Interest in recreational and small engine industry
- Good reading and math skills
- Mechanical aptitude
- Manual dexterity
- Ability to evaluate and make decisions
- Safety consciousness
- Good eyesight
- Fluency in the English Language
Navigating your way through college can be confusing, especially if you try to go it alone. CWI offers advising assistance to help in deciding which courses you need to take to reach your education and career goals. Visit Advising or contact One Stop Student Services for more information.
If you have questions about any of this information, please contact One Stop Student Services or your advisor.
Financial Aid Available
Did you know that as a student in this program you may be eligible for financial aid? Through grants, scholarships, and loans, more than 60 percent of first-time, full-time CWI students receive some form of financial assistance. To learn more about financial aid options and whether you may be eligible, visit Financial Aid.
Tuition and Fees
Tuition for a full-time CWI student averages half the cost of a state university and a third of the cost of a private college. Tuition and fees vary based on program and residence. Visit Tuition and Fees for more information.
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Powersports and small engine repair is a skill that you can take with you for the rest of your life, anywhere in the world. The skills learned in this program set you up for opportunities in the competitive and growing powersports and power equipment industry. Your skills will assist you in finding the position that is best for you as a technician, or in the sales and parts departments.
Some of our local industry partners that we have students working for include:
- Carl’s Cycle Sales
- Dennis Dillion Powersports
- Grizzly Sports
- High Desert Harley Davidson
- Tates Rents
- D&B Supply
- Idaho Watersports
- Army Core of Engineers
- Brundage Resort
- Powersports Rental Companies
- Snake River Yamaha
- Canyon Honda
- Indian Creek Sports
- Woody’s Outdoor Power
- Edge Powersports
- Mile High Power Sports
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News and Blogs
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 and Small Engine Repair Technology students spend a day picking up trash on public lands in Kuna.
Stihl Northwest visited the College recently for industry training and a special donation.
CWI swept away the competition with 37 medals at this year's SkillsUSA State Conference.
CWI students earned 27 medals at the event, including 20 gold medals.
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