Powersports and Small Engine Repair

  • Student conducts maintenance on an off-road vehicle.

  • This course will train students in the basics of repairing small engines, outdoor equipment, and powersport vehicles. In the first year, students will learn the components and systems that make up a small engine. Students will learn 4-stroke/2-stroke engine operation, maintenance procedures, diagnostics and repair. Throughout the year students will troubleshoot and rebuild various small engines and outdoor equipment. While the year progresses the students will have the opportunity to earn online certifications through the Briggs and Stratton technician training course. Briggs and Stratton require all their service technicians nationwide to complete these exams. In addition, students will become First-Aid certified by the American Heart Association.

    In the second year, students will be introduced to Powersports. Second year students will be learning about different types of powersport vehicles which include dirt bikes, all-terrain vehicles, jet skis and small marine motors. They will learn about the components and systems that make up each vehicle. The program will cover preventative maintenance procedures, tire mounting, brake service and chassis/suspension geometry. While in the program, the students are going to be prepped to take the ASE G1 exam, which covers auto maintenance and light repair. Powersport vehicles have very similar components and technology as modern cars.

    Throughout both years of the program, students will learn about the technological advancements being introduced by different manufacturers. They will learn how manufacturers of both small engine and recreational vehicles are introducing “green/clean” alternative fuels to their product lines. The manufacturers are going green using recycled materials and cleaner manufacturing procedures, which will also be covered. Students will be using the same technology the dealers are using to repair various types of equipment in their repair facilities.

  • Students Will Practice:

    • Rebuilding small engines and outdoor power equipment
    • Diagnostics of small engines and related equipment
    • Retrieving information from the service manuals
    • Calculating the cost of the repair
    • Diagnosis and repair components on recreation vehicles
    • Dismounting and mounting tires
    • Measuring wheelbase and track on recreational vehicles to enhance performance

    Specific Lessons Include:

    • 4-stroke/2-stroke theory
    • Components of a small engine
    • Carburetor troubleshooting
    • Safe and proper operation of outdoor power equipment and recreational vehicles

    Class Projects Include:
    Students will be diagnosing, repairing and operating the outdoor power equipment listed below. (The equipment may include additional equipment and vehicles that are not listed.) Students are instructed in the proper use of all the equipment to ensure their safety and the safety of others. Students will understand how using the correct personal protective equipment is vital for safe operation. Lawn mowers, line trimmers, leaf blowers, snow throwers, power washers, mini bikes and go-karts are some of the equipment that will be operated during the first year. Powersport vehicles include dirt bikes, ATV’s, motorcycles and dual sports.

    Career Opportunities:

    Upon successful completion of the first year of this course students will be qualified to seek entry level positions in the small engine repair industry. Students will be able to apply for positions such as Repair Technician, Parts Counter Employee and Sales Associate.

    Once the second year is complete students will be able to obtain entry-level positions at various power sport dealers prepping new sport dealers prepping new recreational vehicles for delivery. Students will be able to obtain positions as Mechanic Assistants, which usually leads to full time employment as their abilities increase.

  • Power Sports n small engine repair

    Work Experience Opportunities:
    Students who meet all eligibility requirements may participate in supervised, real world, work based learning offerings that include clinics, shadow days, internships or paid Co-Op experiences at workplace sites.

    College Agreements 

    Upon completion of this course, students may receive college credits subject to the entrance requirements of each institution and any additional criteria that may have been established. Current college agreements include:

    • Lincoln Technical Institute, NY
    • SUNY Canton, NY
    • SUNY Morrisville

    Power Sports and Small Engine Repair


  • Course available: Grades 11–12
    Course length: 2 years
    Placement: Regular
    Credits: Up to 4 CTE credits a year
    Earning high school credits: Students completing this 2-year course may receive up to 8 CTE credits OR distributed credits:

    1.0 credit  Career and Financial Management


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