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Marine and Small Engine
Why Choose Marine and Small Engine at CLC?

Our instructors have a wealth of experience in all areas of the marine and small engine industry.

Our instructors have earned multiple certifications in all aspects of the industry.

The curriculum builds from the basic to the advanced, from motorcycle to marine.

Industry partnerships with Mercury Marine, Bombardier Recreational Products, Arctic Cat and more.

Very strong career placement in the state and nationwide.

CLC Marine and Small Engine students out-perform their state peers by 10% and national students by 15% on the Skills USA Marine Service Technology Test.

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Program Options
Marine & Small Engine Technology A.A.S. Degree
Marine & Small Engine Technology Diploma
About the Program

Do you enjoy motorcycles? Boats? ATVs? Personal Watercraft? Power Equipment? Have you ever considered making a career out of what you enjoy? The Marine and Small Engine Technology program at Central Lakes College can help you do just that! This two year program will train you for a career in any of these fields. You will learn all aspects of repair, maintenance, set up, and service shop management. You can choose between an Associate of Applied Science Degree and a Diploma. Both options can be completed in two years of training in the Brainerd Lakes Area. We currently receive more requests for technicians than we have graduates each year.



Paul Hofmann
Paul has been an instructor for the Marine and Small Engine program since 2001. He graduated from the Marine and Small Engine Technology program at Central Lakes College in 1995, and earned his Bachelors of Science Degree in Career and Technical Education from Bemidji State University in 2010. Over the years he has earned certifications with manufacturers such as Arctic Cat, Briggs and Stratton, Honda, BRP, and Mercury/Mercruiser.
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Keith Austin
With 30+ years of experience in the power sports and marine industry, Keith brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to his classroom. He is a graduate of the Marine and Small Engine Technology program and earned his certifications with Polaris, John Deere, Honda, Briggs and Stratton, Mercury Marine, Johnson and Evinrude while working in the industry. His teaching experience also includes welding and auto mechanic courses. Keith is a strong advocate of the programs offered at Central Lakes College and has produced many graduates that are gainfully employed as marine and power sport technicians.
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David Groshong
Dave graduated from the Marine and Small Engine Technology program in 2004 and started a small engine business. In the fall of 2004 Dave started as a substitute instructor. He became the full time college lab assistant at CLC in 2005.
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