Marine and Powersports Technology A.A.S. Degree

Why Choose Marine and Powersports Technology A.A.S. Degree at CLC?

Our second year students scored 14% higher than the state average, and 26% higher than the national average in the Skills USA Motorcycle test.

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.

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.

Program Information

Program Course Requirements

First Year – Fall Semester
MAPS 1101  Basic Engines I (3 cr)
MAPS 1103  Basic Engines I Lab (4 cr)
MAPS 1106  Introduction to Electronics (2 cr)
MAPS 1120  Lawn and Garden (2 cr)
MAPS 1136 Industry Certifications I (2 cr)
General Education (5 cr)
Total 18 Credits

Spring Semester
MAPS 1130  Marine Outboard I (4 cr)
MAPS 1132*  Marine Outboard II (4 cr)
MAPS 1134  Marine Lower Unit (4 cr)
MAPS 1140 Snowmobile Systems and Lab (4 cr)
General Education (2 cr)
Total 18 Credits

Second Year – Fall Semester
MAPS 2133*  Advance Marine (3 cr)
MAPS 2134*  Advance Marine and Personal Water (3 cr)
MAPS 2135*  Machine Shop (2 cr)
MAPS 2169*  MAPS Tune Up (3 cr)
MAPS 2136*  Industry Certification II (2 cr)
General Education (5 cr)
Total 18 Credits

Spring Semester
MAPS 2143*  Diagnostic Troubleshooting (3 cr)
MAPS 2162*  ATV Motorcycle Systems I (4 cr)
MAPS 2164*  ATV Motorcycle Systems II (4 cr)
MAPS 1370  Open Lab (1 cr)
General Education (3 cr)
Total 15 Credits

*Denotes Prerequisites

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).

Program Information: Courses in the Marine and Powersports program are designed to provide the students with the knowledge and skills needed for the rapidly growing recreational and power equipment fields. All aspects of maintenance and repair are taught, which include machine overhauls, shop operation, set up, and delivery. The Marine and Powersports Technology Diploma and Associates of Applied Science (A.A.S.) are two-year programs.

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 basic 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;
  • Identify the functional relationships among small engine components and systems; and
  • Use a variety of computer, Web and technical resources to find information, troubleshoot problems and prepare estimates.

Transfer Opportunities: The Marine and Powersports Technology Program has an articulation agreement with Bemidji State University for transfer to its Industrial Technology Program.

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

Career Titles: After completing this program, students will be prepared for a variety of careers, including service technician, general manager, service manager, service writer, individual business owner, parts personnel, factory service representative, and parts manager.



David Groshong

Marine & Powersports Instructor
Phone: 218-855-8235
Brainerd W165
Paul Hofmann

Paul Hofmann

Marine & Powersports Instructor
Phone: 218-855-8084
Brainerd W277

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