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Printed on 5/25/2018

Golf Course Turf & Equipment Technician

20-461-3 Certificate (C) 37 Credits Not Financial Aid Eligible Location*: Appleton

*Some general education courses may be available at multiple locations.

Do you want to turn your love for golf into a career? This certificate could be your first step. Learn how to maintain and care for greens, fairways, tee boxes and sand traps. You’ll also gain the skills necessary to operate, maintain and repair specialized equipment used on the golf course grounds.


*Course list for reference only. Current students please refer to your individualized program plan or see your advisor.

Course Title
Course Number
Prior Learning Credit
Eligibility Options
Equipment Operation, Horticulture
Teaches students how to operate a variety of landscape equipment. Hands-on training will require the students to acquire an understanding of the safe operation of equipment. Focus will be on pre-operation, operation, and post-operation procedures and skills.
Turf Management
Studies the overall basics of turf applications including soils, lawn installation, Wisconsin grasses, Integrated Pest Management and maintenance.
Four Stroke Small Engines
Gives an in-depth overview of engine design and operational theory. Parts identification, function and repair are incorporated into the disassembly, reconditioning and assembly of small air-cooled engines. Safety glasses are required.
OPE Handheld Power Units
Emphasizes the repair of two-cycle and small four-cycle engines used on chainsaws, cutoff saws, line trimmers, backpack blowers, hedge trimmers and other small power units. Students will learn new emission requirements and understand the current laws on product liability. Safety glasses are required.
OPE DC Electrical Systems
Covers Ohm's law and electrical theory, operation and troubleshooting methods for batteries, starting circuits, charging circuits and accessories. Safety glasses are required.
Irrigation Systems
Develops a basic understanding of an irrigation system. The focus is on irrigation installation, troubleshooting, maintenance, repairs and system design.
Plant Diagnostics
Covers the science of making proper diagnoses of plant insects and disease problems and appropriate control strategies. Students will learn the difference between signs and symptoms and identification of problem plants.
Turf/Grass Equipment
Focuses on the sharpening of reels and bed knives, setting up and adjusting reel cutting units,and the operation of tee, greens, fairway and rough mowers. This course meets at Winagamie Golf Course and uses the course shop facilities and grounds to train students on all operations of a golf course grounds.
Compact Equipment Hydraulics
Provides the knowledge and skills needed to diagnose and repair hydraulic components used in equipment such as skid loaders and compact tractors.
OPE Drivelines and Chassis
Focuses on the equipment used in groundskeeping, landscaping and maintenance of turf grass. Belt, gear, and hydrostatic transaxles and drivelines for lawn mowers, tillers, snowblowers, garden tractors, zero-turn mowers and compact tractors are included in this course. Safety glasses are required.
OPE Diesel Engine Systems
Provides technicians with skills and knowledge of gas and diesel engine theory, fuel, electrical, coding and lubrication systems.
Internship in OPE and Power Sports
Prepares students with job-seeking skills and provides students with actual on-the-job training with required outcomes. Gives students hands-on experience in real work places.
Landscape Construction 1
Covers site conditions, landscape tools, and design plan implementation.
Greenhouse and Turf Pest Management
Focuses on training to successfully pass the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection’s Pesticide Applicator Certification Exam (which is proctored in this class). Additionally, students will be familiarized with chemical handling, mixing, calibration and application via field exercises.

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