Small Engine Repair Specialist

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Small Engine Repair Specialist

Technical Diploma

16 Credits | 1 Year Part Time

Superior

Career Cluster: Transportation, Distribution and Logistics

New Program - Starting Fall 2024

 

Whether interested in pursuing a career in the power sports or lawn and garden equipment industries, or starting your own small engine repair business, enrolling in the Small Engine Repair Specialist program is a great first step. In this program, students learn basic concepts of gas and diesel engines including electrical systems and chassis repair.

Program Overview

 The Small Engine Repair Specialist program will prepare students to service and repair various small engines such as in lawn and garden equipment and compact tractors. 

Program Outcomes

Small Engine Repair Specialist 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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Part time training.

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State of the art equipment.


Academics

Small Engine Repair Specialist is offered part-time at the Northwood Tech Superior Campus. 

Part Time 

This technical diploma is just 16 credits and can be completed part time in one academic year. Upon completion, you’ll be prepared for a rewarding career in the exciting and innovative field of small engine repair. 

Career Pathway

Earn credentials each step of the way with career pathways. Start with this credential and continue your education to obtain the Motorcycle Service or ATV and Marine Service technical certificate or the Power Sports Technician technical diploma. 

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


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. 

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Featured Power Sports Technician Courses

31461301
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UGRD
| 5 CR
You will diagnose, troubleshoot, tune up, and overhaul engines and service chassis on lawn and garden equipment and industrial equipment. Practical hands-on experience is gained in engine disassembly, measuring parts for wear, cylinder reconditioning, valve train servicing, governor adjusting, fuel and ignition system servicing, and reassembly techniques. You will service drive and chassis systems to ensure the operation of the complete unit. You will also order repair parts, prepare service report forms, and learn customer relations. COREQUISITES: 31461302 Engine and Chassis Repair 2 and 31461335 Gas and Diesel Engine and Theory.
31461310
|
UGRD
| 1 CR
This course is designed for the learner to understand basic 12-volt electrical circuits, wiring diagrams, starting, charging, and lighting systems. Classroom trainers will be used to apply electrical theory. Using hands-on activities, this course will help the learner to better understand basic 12-volt electrical systems.
31461302
|
UGRD
| 4 CR
You will diagnose, troubleshoot, tune-up, and overhaul engines and service chassis on handheld, industrial and compact equipment and tractors. Practical hands-on experience is gained in engine disassembly, measuring parts for wear, cylinder reconditioning, valve train servicing, governor adjusting, fuel and ignition system servicing, and reassembly techniques. You will service drive and chassis systems to ensure the operation of the complete unit. You will also order repair parts, prepare service report forms, and learn customer relations. COREQUISITES: 31461301 Engine and Chassis Repair 1 and 31461335 Gas and Diesel Engine Theory.

Career Pathway

As a Small Engine Repair Specialist student at Northwood Tech, you can earn credentials each step of the way! 

This is the program you're looking at.

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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Continue your education to complete this technical diploma.

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 your bachelor's degree.


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The lab will on occasion have noise levels above 90db, which will require students to wear approved hearing protection

Tuition and Fees

Northwood Tech breaks down the cost of education, so you'll have a good idea of how much your education will cost.

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 2024-25*

Small Engine Repair Specialist

16 Credits | 1 Year Part Time

$2,770


*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 Small Engine Repair Specialist Program

Upon completion of this program, you will earn a Small Engine Repair Specialist technical diploma. Continue your education in the Motorcycle Service, ATV and Marine Service, or Power Sports Technician programs. 

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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

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

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