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.
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.
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
PowerSports Technology Certificate
Locations: Detroit Lakes
PowerSports Technology Diploma
Locations: Detroit Lakes
Powersports Technology AAS Associate of Applied Science (AAS)
Locations: Detroit Lakes
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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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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Bronze medal winner Danielle Maxfield (left)
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.
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
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