The PowerSports industry is booming, and our diploma program will prepare you for a career in the maintenance and repair of snowmobiles, motorcycles, ATV s, personal watercraft and outdoor power equipment.
M State offers the latest in technology and training with its PowerSports diploma, which has been providing industry-recognized technician training since 1967. The 60-credit program is offered in Detroit Lakes and, while earning a diploma, students can earn numerous industry certifications from manufacturers including Arctic Cat, Stihl, Honda, Polaris, Briggs and Yamaha.
Graduates find job opportunities with dealerships, in factories and with manufacturers and as service representatives. Available business and entrepreneurship courses on the Detroit Lakes campus will help prepare technicians who want to be self-employed.
PowerSports Technology Diploma
Locations: Detroit Lakes
Students who wish to become skilled PowerSports mechanics must be capable of diagnosing mechanical failures quickly and accurately if they are to be in a position to repair a job at a fair salary return. Most types of two- and four-cycle small engines that are currently used to power lawn mowers, snowblowers, generators, garden tractors, rototillers, snowmobiles, ATVs and personal watercraft will be covered. Students who perform satisfactorily may find employment as service technicians, sales personnel and factory representatives, or they may wish to enter business for themselves.This program requires a mechanical aptitude and the ability to read and comprehend technical service manuals, understand and perform a variety of diagnostic procedures, and work well with fellow employees and customers. Many industry training opportunities are available.
Graduates will find career opportunities as, motorcycle mechanics and outdoor power equipment and other small engine mechanics.
Description: Diagnose, adjust, repair, or overhaul small engines used to power lawn mowers, chain saws, recreational sporting equipment and related equipment. Diagnose, adjust, repair, or overhaul motorcycles, scooters, mopeds, dirt bikes, or similar motorized vehicles.
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All career data is set to your current geographical area: up to 100 miles away from Detroit Lakes
186 Employed in your area
8 Estimated annual job openings
38 Approaching retirement age
The average retirement age in the U.S. is 65 years old. Outdoor Power Equipment and Other Small Engine Mechanics in the 55-64 and the 65+ categories are 1-10 years away from retirement. When older workers retire, there will likely be a demand for new workers.
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PowerSports instructor and SkillsUSA advisor Kent Reisenauer (left) and 2nd place winner Zach Ehresman
Three Minnesota State Community and Technical College students won top 10 honors during the recent SkillsUSA national competition in Louisville, Ky.
Zach Ehresman of Staples, a student in the PowerSports Technology program on M State's Detroit Lakes campus, won second place in the Power Equipment Technology competition.
Shawn Teal of Dilworth won 6th place in the Diesel Equipment Technology competition. He is enrolled in the Diesel Equipment Technology program on M State's Moorhead campus.
Ken Bye of Moorhead, a student in the Automotive Service Technology program on the Moorhead campus, took 10th place in the Automotive Service Technology competition.
Ehresman, Teal and Bye advanced to the national Skills USA competition after winning first place in their categories during the organization's state contest in April.
Skills USA is a national nonprofit that serves high school and college students who are preparing for careers in trade, technical and skilled service occupations. Its state and national competitions are based on industry-driven occupational skills standards.
More than 6,000 career and technical program students competed in 100 different fields during the 2015 national competition.
Last modified: July 16th, 2015 at 09:25am