Printed on 7/31/2021
Outdoor Power Equipment Technician
Technical Diploma (TD)
Part Time and Full Time
Financial Aid Eligible
Time of Day:
*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.
An academic skills assessment is required for admission into this program or the following: High School GPA of 2.75 or higher (last 10 years) OR provide completion of associate’s or higher degree OR; 165 or higher on your 2014 series GED tests OR; ACT OR SAT OR Accuplacer OR Companion OR Compass (last 3 years) to waive to the general education level; The cost of the Accuplacer assessment is $15; Catalog #: 94100100; Learn more at www.fvtc.edu/Assessment.
Credit Transfer Options
They're your credits. Take them with you!
Whether you’re an incoming student, transferring to another two-year college or pursuing your bachelor’s degree, we make it easy for you to seamlessly transfer your credits. With full accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission, we offer credit transfer agreements with more than 65 two-and four-year colleges.
- Repair brake systems
- Repair 2-stroke engine
- Repair 4-stroke engines
- Repair drive lines
- Repair electrical systems
- Repair suspensions
- Repair fuel systems
- Repair hydraulic systems
- Develop a customer work order
This program is certified by the Equipment and Engine Training Council (EETC) and is a testing agent for the 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.
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.
Snap-On Tools provides the top graduate with a cordless impact wrench and offers all students a 50% savings on tool purchases. Ariens, Briggs & Stratton and Stihl each provide students with new equipment and instructional aids for learning current technology.
Internships are required as part of the program and you are encouraged to seek employment at OPE service and repair businesses in the area. Tools and supplies are provided; however, you must purchase your own safety glasses and "Monster Shop" uniforms. You are also required to provide your own set of tools for the work experience course.
Still undecided about your major or exploring your career options? Check out these resources to identify your personality traits, values, abilities and interests – important considerations when choosing a career. You’ll also find details about scheduling a college visit and contact information for our career counselors if you’d like more personal assistance. We’re here to help you explore your options.