Printed on 4/12/2021

Outdoor Power Equipment Technician

31-461-3 Technical Diploma (TD) Part Time and Full Time 32 Credits Financial Aid Eligible Time of Day: Day Location*: Appleton

*If general education courses are required, they may be available at multiple locations.

Get ready to enter the “Monster Shop.” This unique program will provide you with the technical skills and knowledge to service and maintain small internal combustion engines. You’ll work on zero turn lawnmowers, garden tractor, tillers, snow blowers, generators, chain saws, line trimmers and blowers. The shop is connected with companies such as Ariens, Briggs and Stratton, Snap-On Tools and Stihl, so you know you’ll be working with the best equipment and gaining the specialized skills that employers want.

COURSE LIST

Course list for reference only. Current students please refer to your individualized program plan or see your advisor.
**Outside effort hours are an estimate based on state standards, and may vary from person to person.

    Occupational Specific (30 Credits)

    Course Title
    Course Number
    Credits
    Instructional Hours
    Outside Effort Hours**
    Prior Learning Credit Eligibility
  • Intro to Outdoor Power Equipment
    10-461-150
    3Credit
    72
    90
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 72
    • Outside Effort Hours: 90
    • Course Number: 10461150
    • Credits: 3.00

    Introduces the student handbook and program expectations. Emphasizes safety, precision measuring, fasteners, tool usage and basic shop skills. Utilizes computer software programs to create work orders and invoices.

  • OPE Four Stroke Engines
    10-461-151
    3Credit
    90
    72
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 90
    • Outside Effort Hours: 72
    • Course Number: 10461151
    • Credits: 3.00

    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 engines and recreational engines.

  • OPE Two Stroke Engines
    10-461-152
    3Credit
    90
    72
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 90
    • Outside Effort Hours: 72
    • Course Number: 10461152
    • Credits: 3.00

    Emphasizes the repair of two-cycle, small four-cycle and recreational 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.

  • OPE DC Electrical & Fuel Mgmt Systems
    10-461-153
    3Credit
    90
    72
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 90
    • Outside Effort Hours: 72
    • Course Number: 10461153
    • Credits: 3.00

    Covers Ohm's Law and electrical theory, operation and troubleshooting methods for batteries, starting circuits, charging circuits and accessories. Students will use electronic fuel injection (EFI) software applications to monitor engine functions and diagnose performance complaints. Manufacture certifications may be available in this course.

  • Hydraulics, Drivelines, and Chassis
    10-461-154
    3Credit
    90
    72
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 90
    • Outside Effort Hours: 72
    • Course Number: 10461154
    • Credits: 3.00

    Focuses on the equipment used in groundskeeping, landscaping and maintenance of turf grass. Belt and gear drives, hydrostatic transaxles and hydraulic systems used for lawn mowers, tillers, snowblowers, garden tractors, zero-turn mowers and compact tractors are included in this course. Manufacture certifications may be available in this course.

  • Motorcycle & Moped Service & Repair
    10-461-156
    3Credit
    90
    72
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 90
    • Outside Effort Hours: 72
    • Course Number: 10461156
    • Credits: 3.00

    Teaches students pre-delivery setup and inspections on motorcycles & mopeds. Tune-up procedures and maintenance repairs will be emphasized, including clutches, transmissions, drivelines, ABS brakes, tires, wheels and suspensions. Proper trailer securements and safety tie-downs of motorcycles will also be covered.

  • ATV & UTV Service & Repair
    10-461-157
    3Credit
    90
    72
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 90
    • Outside Effort Hours: 72
    • Course Number: 10461157
    • Credits: 3.00

    Teaches students pre-delivery setup and inspections on ATV/UTV. Tune-up procedures and maintenance repairs will be covered, including clutches, transmissions, drivelines, brakes, tires, wheels and suspensions. Manufacture certifications may be available in this course.

  • Motorcycle & Moped Electrical Diagnostics
    10-461-158
    3Credit
    90
    72
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 90
    • Outside Effort Hours: 72
    • Course Number: 10461158
    • Credits: 3.00

    Emphasizes motorcycle & moped electrical systems including starting, charging, and accessory circuits, schematics, ABS brakes, diagnostics and troubleshooting. Electronic fuel injection (EFI) software applications will be used to monitor engine functions and diagnose problems.

  • ATV & UTV Electrical & Diagnostics
    10-461-159
    3Credit
    90
    72
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 90
    • Outside Effort Hours: 72
    • Course Number: 10461159
    • Credits: 3.00

    Emphasizes ATV & UTV electrical systems including starting, charging, and accessory circuits, schemadics, diagnostics and troubleshooting. Electronic fuel injection (EFI) software applications will be used to monitor engine functions and diagnose problems.

  • OPE Diesel Engine Systems
    10-461-155
    3Credit
    72
    90
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 72
    • Outside Effort Hours: 90
    • Course Number: 10461155
    • Credits: 3.00

    Provides technicians with skills and knowledge of diesel engine theory, compression, fuel, electrical, cooling and lubrication systems along with emissions and Tier IV compliance. Manufacture certifications may be available in this course.

    Occupational Supportive (2 Credits)

    Course Title
    Course Number
    Credits
    Instructional Hours
    Outside Effort Hours**
    Prior Learning Credit Eligibility
  • Communication, Applied
    31-801-318
    2Credit
    54
    27
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 54
    • Outside Effort Hours: 27
    • Course Number: 31801318
    • Credits: 2.00

    Focuses on technical vocabulary, business writing, job search strategies, interpersonal communication and oral presentation skills through individual and group activities. Open enrollment for all students. It is recommended, but not required, that the student have basic computer skills, HS GPA 2.75+ OR ACPL Read 54+/Sent 83+, Next Gen Read 250+/Sent 237+, ACT Read 18+/Engl 15+ OR Read Prep 10838105/Sent Prep 74851745 OR not pursuing a degree. Personal/professional development students who have not taken the ACCUPLACER test need to consult with their instructor during the first class.

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