• PowerSports Technology

    The power sports industry is booming, and M State’s PowerSports Technology program will prepare you for a career in the maintenance and repair of snowmobiles, motorcycles, ATVs, personal watercraft and other outdoor power equipment.


PowerSports Technology

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PowerSports Technology

M State has been providing industry-recognized technician training since 1967. The 60-credit diploma program and 30-credit certificate are offered on our Detroit Lakes campus, in the heart of the Minnesota lakes recreational area.

While you're enrolled in your program, you can earn industry certifications from manufacturers including Arctic Cat, Stihl, Honda, Polaris, Briggs and Yamaha.

The PowerSports Technology program's innovative flexible scheduling, modeled after industry training programs, makes it possible for you to tailor your college coursework to accommodate your work and family commitments.

Our program is guided by an advisory board made up of local and regional industry members who review our curriculum, ensuring that students are learning the skills needed by employers.


 

Here’s what you’ll learn

  • Service, repair and maintenance of motorcycles, snowmobiles and ATVs
  • Industry's professional standards
  • Interpretation of service information
  • Safety practices and procedures

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Why M State

  • Exceptional educational value
  • Hands-on instruction on current technology
  • Small class sizes with personalized instruction
  • Opportunity to obtain numerous industry certifications
  • Accredited by the Equipment and Engine Training Counsel
  • High placement rate for graduates


 

PowerSports students take silver in Skills

April 20, 2017

Minnesota State Community and Technical College students Brad Burgess and Jack Scheel won second-place medals in the Power Equipment category at the recent Minnesota SkillsUSA competition in Bloomington.

Burgess took second place in the Power Equipment Technology category, and Scheel won second place in Job Skills Demonstration. Both are students in the PowerSports Technology program on M State's Detroit Lakes campus.

SkillsUSA is a national nonprofit that serves high school and college students who are preparing for careers in a trade, technical and skilled service occupations. Its state and national competitions are based on industry-driven occupational skills standards.

Photo: Left to right, Jack Scheel, M State PowerSports Technology instructor Kent Reisenauer and Brad Burgess


 

Program highlights

  • Industry certificates offered through the PowerSports Technology program: Level One Cat Master Snowmobile Certification, Level One Cat Master ATV Certification, EETC (Equipment and Engine Training Counsel) Two-Cycle Certification, EETC Four-Cycle Certification, EETC Electrical Certification, Stihl Certification, Honda Certification, and Yamaha Certification.
  • A number of industry update seminars are held at our facilities.
  • Students learn service, repair and maintenance of boats, snowmobiles and personal watercraft.
  • Class sizes average 20 students.
  • Students may find employment opportunities as service technicians, sales personnel, factory research and development personnel or factory representatives.

 

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Degrees Offered Click on a degree below to view details

Marine/Powersports Maintenance Specialist Certificate
Locations: Detroit Lakes

PowerSports Technology Diploma
Locations: Detroit Lakes

PowerSports Technology Certificate
Locations: Detroit Lakes

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Meet the faculty

Kent Reisenauer
PowerSports Technology Instructor
Detroit Lakes
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Career opportunities

Graduates will find career opportunities as, service technicians, power sports sales personnel, factory research and development and factory representatives.

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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Outdoor Power Equipment and Other Small Engine Mechanic employment

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.


Age Group # of Workers % of Workers*
under 25 33 18%
25-34 42 23%
35-44 31 17%
45-54 42 23%
55-64 28 15%
65+ 10 5%

* Based on county-level occupational demographics


 

PowerSports Technology required courses

  • Introduction to Transportation
  • Off-Road Literature and Computer Systems
  • Off-Road Vehicle Maintenance
  • Fuel Systems I
  • Transportation Electronics
  • Off-Road Electrical Systems
  • Fuel Systems II Theory
  • Fuel Systems II Lab
  • Ignition, Charging and Starter Systems Theory
  • Ignition, Charging and Starter Systems Lab
  • Snowmobile I
  • Snowmobile Drives and Suspensions
  • Advanced Power Equipment
  • Motorcycles I and II
  • Engine Performance Rebuild and Diagnostics
  • Advanced Snowmobiles
  • Snowmobile Clutching
  • Advanced Motorcycles
  • Chainsaws and Generators

Bronze medal winner Danielle Maxfield (left)

Bronze medal winner Danielle Maxfield (left)

 

PowerSports student wins bronze in SkillsUSA

April 4, 2016

PowerSports Technology student Danielle Maxfield was a third-place winner in the Power Equipment Technology category in the 2016 Minnesota SkillsUSA competition in Bloomington on April 1-3.

Maxfield is a second-year student at Minnesota State Community and Technical College's Detroit Lakes campus. PowerSports instructor Kent Reisenauer is the program's SkillsUSA advisors for the campus.

SkillsUSA is a national nonprofit that serves high school and college students who are preparing for careers in trade, technical and skilled service occupations, including health occupations. Its state and national competitions are based on industry-driven occupational skills standards.



 

M State students win top honors in national SkillsUSA competition

July 10, 2015

Three Minnesota State Community and Technical College students won top 10 honors during the 2015 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.

Photo: PowerSports instructor and SkillsUSA advisor Kent Reisenauer (left) and second-place winner Zach Ehresman


Last modified: April 21st, 2017 at 12:34pm