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Printed on 5/25/2018

Outdoor Power Equipment Technician

31-461-3 Technical Diploma (TD) 33 Credits Financial Aid Eligible Location*: Appleton

*Some general education courses 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 for reference only. Current students please refer to your individualized program plan or see your advisor.

Occupational Specific (31 Credits)

Course Title
Course Number
Prior Learning Credit
Eligibility Options
Outdoor Power Equipment, Introduction to
Introduces students to program outcomes and requirements and reviews student handbook and program expectations.
Parts and Service Management
Utilizes computer software programs, such as PartSmart, and web-based programs to learn how to look up parts and create parts' invoices. Includes methods of merchandizing products for increased sales, utilizing the computer software program, DealerWin, to develop service orders, invoice repair orders, and develop a customer data base.
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 Operation & Maintenance
Focuses on maintaining and operating skid steer loads, forklifts, till-handlers, turf mowing equipment and landscape equipment. The course provides operators' certification. 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.
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 Fuel Management Systems
Managing fuel use in engines can be accomplished with different systems. Students will use manufacturer specific software applications to monitor engine functions and diagnose performance complaints. The course materials will focus on Briggs & Stratton, Kohler and Stihl electronic fuel injection(EFI) systems.
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.
OPE Customer Service & Sales
Focuses on the importance of the customer and develops customer service skills. Applies retail sales principles and emphasizes the importance of knowing the product's features, prospecting clients, presenting the product and closing the sale.
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.

Occupational Supportive (2 Credits)

Course Title
Course Number
Prior Learning Credit
Eligibility Options
Communication, Applied
Focuses on technical vocabulary, business writing, job search strategies, interpersonal communication and oral presentation skills through individual and group activities. It is recommended that the student have basic computer skills, an ACCUPLACER Reading score of 54 or greater and an ACCUPLACER Sentence Skills score of 83 or greater or completion of equivalent Program Prep courses. 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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