Marine and Powersports Diploma

Marine and Powersports Diploma

Career Description

Graduates of this program typically become employed at dealerships as service technicians. The most common types of dealerships include outdoor power equipment, snowmobile, marine, motorcycle, and all-terrain vehicle (ATV). After completing this program, students will be prepared for a variety of careers, including service technician, general manager, service manager, individual business owner, parts personnel, factory service representative, and parts manager.

Program Information

The Marine and Powersports Diploma is designed to provide the students with the knowledge and skills needed for the rapidly growing recreational and power equipment fields. Courses in the program cover all aspects of maintenance and repair, shop operation, set up, and delivery. This is a one-year program.

Program Outcomes

Graduates will be able to:

  • Apply safe work practices in a manner compatible with OSHA requirements and industry expectations;
  • Demonstrate industry standard applications of selected tools and equipment for powersports engine maintenance, diagnostic and repair tools;
  • Apply diagnostic and repair concepts to powersports engine, marine engine equipment power train and chassis systems;
  • Apply preventative maintenance concepts to powersports engine equipment care and storage;
  • Use a variety of computer, Web and technical resources to find information, troubleshoot problems and prepare estimates.

Special Program Requirements

In addition to the program requirements, students must meet the following conditions in order to graduate:

  1. College Cumulative GPA Requirement: cumulative grade point average (GPA) of credits attempted and completed at CLC must be at least 2.0;
  2. College Technical Core GPA Requirement: cumulative GPA of credits attempted and completed towards the technical core of the diploma or degree must be at least 2.0;
  3. Residency Requirement: students must complete 25% of their credits at Central Lakes College.

Career Opportunities

Many former graduates have advanced to positions as service managers, general managers, and factory service representatives.

Employment Statistics

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Program Course Requirements

Semester One (18 credits)
MAPS 1101  Introduction to Marine and Powersports, 1 cr
MAPS 1104  Engine Theory and diagnostics, 4 cr
MAPS 1105  Electrical Systems and Diagnostics, 2 cr
MAPS 1107  Fuel Systems and Diagnostics, 2 cr
MAPS 1120  Lawn and Garden Service, 3 cr
MAPS 1136  Industry Certifications 1, 1 cr
MAPS 1142  Inboards, Inboard/Outboards, and Personal Watercraft, 5 cr

Semester Two (17 credits)
MAPS 1131  Outboard Systems, 3 cr
MAPS 1133  Advanced Outboard and Diagnostics, 4 cr
MAPS 1137  Industry Certifications 2, 1 cr
MAPS 1141  Snowmobile Diagnostics and Service, 3 cr
MAPS 1163  Motorcycle/ATV/UTV 1, 3 cr
MAPS 1165  Motorcycle/ATV/UTV 2, 3 cr

*Denotes Prerequisites

Program News

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