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Power Sports Technician 

Technical Diploma

30 Credits | 1 Year Full Time / 2 Years Part Time

Financial Aid-Eligible

New Richmond, Superior (Part Time Options)

Career Cluster: Transportation, Distribution and Logistics

The Power Sports industry not only offers rewarding careers but also is fun, challenging and exciting. After all, who wouldn’t like to work on and around motorcycles, boats, personal watercraft, ATVs, UTVs, race quads, snowmobiles and outdoor power equipment? Just a few of the exciting jobs are technician (mechanic), sales, parts, service, management, owner and working for one of the major manufacturers.

Program Overview

The Power Sports Technician program will give you the hands-on experience needed to be successful in this field. Dealerships, repair shops, marinas and industry manufacturers desperately need entry-level people in their field. Power Sports is not only a career, it is a lifestyle.  

Program Outcomes

Power Sports Technician graduates will be able to:

  • Repair brake systems
  • Repair 2-stroke engine
  • Repair 4-stroke engines
  • Repair drive lines
  • Repair electrical systems
  • Repair suspensions
  • Repair fuel systems
  • Repair hydraulic systems
  • Develop a customer work order
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Learn on equipment that is used in the industry and how it works, what needs to be done to correctly repair to industry standards and why quality and safe repairs are so important in Northwood Tech's modern lab and classrooms.  

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Hands-on experience.

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Train in Northwood Tech's modern, well-equipped lab.

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Learn in a fast-paced environment. 


Academics

Through program theory classes, related applied classes and lab experience you will learn the how-to and why's of servicing the latest equipment. Along the way, you will gain confidence and experience leading to a fun and rewarding career in the Power Sports industry.  

Critical-Thinking Skills

You will learn to look at the whole picture and develop analytical skills to systematically diagnose mechanical issues using your training and up to date equipment. 

Customer Relations Skills

Working with other students on coursework and in the lab creates the higher level of learning and workplace cohesiveness industry seeks. Working with real customers will improve your communication skills in person and on the phone. Students also work with parts departments and warehouses.  

Club Activities

Students will have the opportunity to be involved with civic and school activities through student government. Students also may compete in both state and national competitions in their area of study in Skills USA and become certified thru the National Equipment and Engine Training Council. 


Required Courses

This program will provide you with hands-on experience in a lab designed to be as much like real-life experience as possible. Students learn about and troubleshoot various types of recreational equipment including lawn & garden equipment, motorcycles, ATVs, snowmobiles, and marine.

Explore the Required Courses

Featured Power Sports Technician Courses

31461342
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UGRD
| 3 CR
This course provides the theory necessary to understand and troubleshoot the components and systems unique to motorcycles. Theory is given in the specialty areas of carburetion, fuel injection, ignition, transmissions, clutches, and running gear. You will learn to apply basic techniques and procedures of motorcycle engine service and repair. This is a lecture- and lab-based course. Specialty areas dealing with transmissions and chassis on these units are covered with practical hands-on experience. PREREQUISITES: 31461302 Engine and Chassis Repair 2, 31461335 Gas and Diesel Engine Theory, and COREQUISITE: 31461343 ATV Service.
31461343
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UGRD
| 3 CR
This course provides the theory necessary to understand and troubleshoot the components and systems unique to ATVs. Theory is given in the specialty areas of carburetion, fuel injection, ignition, transmissions, clutches, and running gear. You will learn to apply basic techniques and procedures of ATV engine service and repair. This is a lecture- and lab-based course. Specialty areas dealing with transmissions and chassis on these units are covered with practical hands-on experience. PREREQUISITES: 31461302 Engine and Chassis Repair 2, 31461335 Gas and Diesel Engine and Chassis Theory, and COREQUISITE: 31461342 Motorcycle Service.
31461339
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UGRD
| 5 CR
This course will provide the theory necessary to understand and troubleshoot the components and systems unique to the outboard marine engine area. Theory will be given in the specialty areas of fuel systems, ignition systems, cooling systems, lubrication systems, and gear cases. You learn to apply basic troubleshooting techniques and repair procedures of marine engine service and repair to marine engines with emphasis on practical hands-on experience. PREREQUISITES: 31461302 Engine and Chassis Repair 2 and 31461335 Gas and Diesel Engine Theory.

Career Pathway

As a Power Sports Technician student at Northwood Tech, you can earn credentials each step of the way! 

You can take this first and earn a credential.

Technical Diploma
16 Credits / Less Than 1 Year
Potential Careers
Lawnmower Repair Technician, Outdoor Power Equipment Service Technician, Small Engine Technician (Small Engine Tech), Maintenance Technician, Repair Technician, Service Technician, Chainsaw Technician, Service Technician (Service Tech)
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These technical certificates are embedded in the Power Sports Technician program.

Motorcycle Service

Technical Certificate
21 Credits
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ATV and Marine Service

Technical Certificate
26 Credits
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This is the program you're looking at.

Technical Diploma
30 Credits / 1 Year Full Time
Potential Careers
Motorcycle, Marine, and Outdoor Power Products Technician, Motorcycle Technician, Outboard Motor Technician, Power Sports Technician, Chainsaw Technician, Lawn and Garden Equipment Technician, ATV Technician, Industrial Equipment Technician, Partsperson
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Continue your education to earn a bachelor's degree.


Admissions and Tuition

Northwood Tech has an easy admission process that can be completed in one visit. Please see the details under the "Requirements and Application" section to get started.

Requirements and Application

Tuition and Fees

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Financial Aid

Financial aid is available to help you pay for your education. It can come in the form of grants, loans, federal work-study, military and veterans benefits, division of vocational rehabilitation benefits, and scholarships. 

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Cost of Attendance

The Cost of Attendance (COA) is an estimate of the costs that you may incur while attending Northwood Technical College.

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Estimated Total Program Tuition 2023-24*

Power Sports Technician

30 Credits | 1 Year

$5,235

$2,750 for tools, supplies and uniforms


*Tuition is an estimate and does not include any miscellaneous fees for various courses, tools, books, supplies or uniforms. Program book costs are in addition to tuition and fees and vary depending on course selection and where the books are purchased or rented. 


After the Northwood Tech Power Sports Technician Program

Upon completion of this program, you will earn technical diplomas in Outdoor Power Equipment Technician (marketed using the title: Power Sports Technician) and Small Engine Repair Specialist, along with technical certificates in Motorcycle Service & ATV and Marine Service.

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Transfer your Northwood Tech credits to a four-year college to earn your bachelor's degree and beyond. 

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Career Outlooks

Northwood Tech's graduates experience success. Learn more about the types of careers you can get after graduation.

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The Power Sports Technician Expansion is supported with $350,000 in WTCS Grant Funds.

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Nicole Messicci

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715.752.8119

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Anna Kalin

Admissions Advisor

715.319.7331

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