Printed on 10/21/2021

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.

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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.

Career Opportunities

  • Parts Manager
  • Sales Consultant
  • Service Technician
  • Service Writer
  • Shop Manager


Estimated Program Cost

Outdoor Power Equipment Technician

This program will cost about $5,447.90*
based on current tuition and fees.

Additional materials and supplies will cost
about $78.00*.

Textbooks will cost about $210.40*.

* Tuition and fees are subject to change.
  Costs may not include all books or all materials and supplies.
  Some textbook costs may be included in the estimated program cost.


Check Program Availability *

Outdoor Power Equipment Technician

Term Fall 2021 Spring 2022 Summer 2022

* Programs may be available at locations that are not listed here.

* Depending on program enrollment and prerequisite requirements, there may be a wait for some program courses. Please see the additional information section for details.

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  • Admissions Requirements

    Skills Assessment

    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

  • Credit Transfer Options

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    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.

    Transfer In

    Many students come to Fox Valley Tech with credits they’ve already earned, either while in high school or at other colleges and universities. It’s also possible to be granted credit for career-related knowledge and skills you’ve already mastered.

    Transfer Out

    Is a four-year degree in your future? Save time and money by starting here. You can earn your associate degree at Fox Valley Tech, then apply your credits toward a bachelor’s degree. Or easily transfer your credits to other two-year colleges.

  • Program Outcomes
    • 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
  • Program Accreditation/Certification
    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.
  • Additional Information
    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.

    This program may require professional licensure or certification; FVTC has determined that this program meets professional licensure requirements in the state of Wisconsin; however, FVTC has not determined if this program meets professional licensure requirements for other states.

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