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).
Courses in the Marine and Small Engine Technology 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 Small Engine Technology Diploma is a two-year program. The Marine and Small Engine Technology Associates of Applied Science (A.A.S.) Degree is two years plus one semester.
Program Learning Outcomes
Graduates will be able to:
1. Apply safe work practices in a manner compatible with OSHA requirements and industry expectations
2. Demonstrate industry standard applications of selected tools and equipment for small engine maintenance, diagnostic and repair
3. Apply basic diagnostic and repair concepts to small engines, marine engines, power equipment, drivetrain and chassis systems
4. Apply preventative maintenance concepts to small engine equipment care and storage
5. Identify the functional relationships among small engine components and systems
6. Use a variety of computer, Web and technical resources to find information, troubleshoot problems and prepare estimates
Special Program Requirements
In addition to the core courses of the program, students are required to fulfill 6 credits of general education. The students are encouraged to take Computer Fundamentals (COMP 1101) to fulfill 3 of those credits. The other 3 credits come from the required Applied Mathematics (MATH 1500).
Because the courses are sequenced, they must be taken in order.
The Marine and Small Engine Technology Program has an articulation agreement with Bemidji State University for transfer to their Industrial Technology Program.
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.
Many former graduates have advanced to positions as service managers, general managers, and factory service representatives.