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Outdoor Power Equipment Technician
Program Code: 31-461-3

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Technical Diploma: 1 Year, 35 Credits
Appleton Campus

Financial Aid Eligible

Career Opportunities

As a graduate of the "Monster Shop" Outdoor Power Equipment program, you may work as a service technician, parts manager, sales person, service writer, or shop manager at a dealership, repair shop, rental center, golf course, or landscape business.

Program Description

The "Monster Shop" Outdoor Power Equipment Technician program is a partnership between Fox Valley Technical College, Ariens, Briggs and Stratton, Snap-On Tools and Stihl. It is designed to provide you with the technical skills and knowledge to service and maintain small internal combustion engines, equipment chassis, hydraulics, and electrical systems used on zero turn lawnmowers, garden tractors, tillers, snow blowers, generators, chain saws, line trimmers, and blowers.

This is a one-year, 35-credit technical diploma program. All courses are at the associate degree level which allows you to transfer these credits into an Associate of Applied Science or possibly a bachelor's degree. All program courses emphasize practical, hands-on learning.

Internships are required as part of the program and you are encouraged to seek employment at OPE service and repair businesses in their area. Tools and supplies are provided; however, you must purchase you own safety glasses and "Monster Shop" uniforms. You are also required to provide your own set of tools for the work experience course.

The program is accredited by the Equipment and Engine Training Council (EETC) and is a testing agent for technician certification. As a graduate, you can become a certified technician in four stroke engines, two stroke engines, compact diesels, generators, drivelines/hydro and electrical systems.

Snap-On Tools provides the top graduate with a cordless impact wrench and 50% savings on tool purchases for all students. Ariens, Briggs & Stratton and Stihl each provide students with new equipment and instructional aids for learning current technology.

Program/Plan Admission Requirements

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, you will be able to:

  • Communicate with customers, co-workers, and others in a professional manner.
  • Work in a safe manner while servicing and repairing outdoor power equipment.
  • Use computer programs for parts look-up, service specifications and procedures.
  • Interpret wiring and hydraulic schematics to diagnose and repair equipment.
  • Service and repair outdoor power equipment.
  • Demonstrate the knowledge and skills to become a certified technician through EETC.

Program Offered at This Location

  • Appleton—1825 N. Bluemound Drive

Contact Us

For additional information, call or e-mail Dale Drees at (920) 735-2489.

For additional program/admission information, View Program Plan.

Students must follow the program curriculum in place at the time of enrollment into the program.
If you have questions, contact your advisor.

2014-15 Educational Program