• PowerSports Technology

    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.


PowerSports Technology

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.


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
  • Preparation for careers as service technicians, sales personnel, factory research and development, and factory reps


Why M State

  • An 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
  • Access to entrepreneurial credit and non-credit courses for graduates interested in self-employment
  • High placement rate for graduates

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PowerSports Technology Diploma
Locations: Detroit Lakes

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Meet the faculty

Kent Reisenauer
PowerSports Technology Instructor
Detroit Lakes
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Career opportunites

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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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
PowerSports instructor and SkillsUSA advisor Kent Reisenauer (left) and 2nd place winner Zach Ehresman

PowerSports instructor and SkillsUSA advisor Kent Reisenauer (left) and 2nd place winner Zach Ehresman


M State students win top honors in national SkillsUSA competition

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.


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.

Learn more

· Visit minnesota.edu/programs

· Call 877.450.3322

Last modified: July 16th, 2015 at 09:25am