PowerSports Technology

At M State, you can get industry-recognized training as a powersports technician in the heart of Minnesota lake country.


Click here to learn how to earn PowerSports credits while you're a student in high school.

WDS iconM State has been providing industry-recognized technician training since 1967. The PowerSports Technology Associate of Applied Science degree (69 credits), diploma (60 credits) and certificate (30 credit) are offered on our Detroit Lakes campus, in the heart of the Minnesota lakes recreational area.

Students receive training in the areas of:

  • Small engines
  • Motorcycles
  • Snowmobiles
  • Marine

While you're enrolled in your program, you can earn industry certifications from manufacturers including:

  • Honda
  • Yamaha
  • Polaris
  • Arctic Cat
  • BRP
  • Mercury
  • Briggs & Stratton
  • Stihl
  • Kohler
  • Equipment and Engine Training Counsel (EETC): Two-Stroke, Four-Stroke and Electrical

In addition, the campus Powersports Club promotes professional growth opportunities for students in the program.

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

Many students work for dealerships while attending M State or following graduation. Students also are often hired by race teams, factories, business owners or service managers.

Read about PowerSports Technology student Brittany Ohnstad, featured by the Minnesota State Transportation Center of Excellence.

Here is 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

Advisory board guides curriculum

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. Advisory board members include:

  • Dale Fett, Fett Brother Performance
  • Devon Wahl, U Motors
  • Jeff Sauve, Tracker Boats
  • Logan Brouse, RDO
  • Neal Cypher, Frontier Power
  • Josh Sweeney, J&K Marine
  • Foster Strand, Foster Marine
  • Sam Jay, Seabergs PowerSports
  • Eric Schroeder, UMotors
  • John Adamek, UMotors

Featured news

December 7, 2020
Yamaha supports M State PowerSports with donated motor
July 12, 2019
M State's Gerasch takes gold in national Skills competition