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Outdoor Power Equipment Technician

31-461-3 Technical Diploma (TD) Part Time, Full Time 31 Credits Financial Aid Eligible Times of Day: Day, Evening 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

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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 (29 Credits)

    Course Title
    Course Number
    Credits
    Instructional Hours
    Outside Effort Hours**
    Prior Learning Credit Eligibility
  • Related Welding
    10-442-120
    1Credit
    36
    18
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 36
    • Outside Effort Hours: 18
    • Course Number: 10442120
    • Credits: 1.00

    Prepares students with the common techniques and procedures for SMAW, GMAW, GTAW, and FCAW welding in a repair or machine shop environment. Topics include welding metal, cutting metal with plasma and oxy-fuel, and metal identification. Laboratory activities will provide the student with hands-on practice.

  • 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.

    Coreq: Student has completed or is simultaneously enrolling in ALL of the following:

    • TRANSP 94461002 - OPE Textbooks-1st Semester

  • 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.

    Coreq: Student has completed or is simultaneously enrolling in ALL of the following:

    • TRANSP 94461002 - OPE Textbooks-1st Semester

  • 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.

    Coreq: Student has completed or is simultaneously enrolling in ALL of the following:

    • TRANSP 94461002 - OPE Textbooks-1st Semester

  • 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.

    Coreq: Student has completed or is simultaneously enrolling in ALL of the following:

    • TRANSP 94461003 - OPE Textbooks-2nd Semester

  • 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.

    Coreq: Student has completed or is simultaneously enrolling in ALL of the following:

    • TRANSP 94461003 - OPE Textbooks-2nd Semester

  • 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.

    Coreq: Student has completed or is simultaneously enrolling in ALL of the following:

    • TRANSP 94461003 - OPE Textbooks-2nd Semester

  • 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.

    Coreq: Student has completed or is simultaneously enrolling in ALL of the following:

    • TRANSP 94461003 - OPE Textbooks-2nd Semester

  • Intro to Outdoor Power Equipment
    31-461-301
    2Credit
    72
    36
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 72
    • Outside Effort Hours: 36
    • Course Number: 31461301
    • Credits: 2.00

    Introduces the student to the outdoor power equipment/powersports industry. Emphasizes safety, precision measuring, fasteners, tool usage, basic shop skills and predelivery/maintenance inspection of equipment. Utilizes computer software programs to create work orders, invoices and parts look up.

    Coreq: Student has completed or is simultaneously enrolling in ALL of the following:

    • TRANSP 94461002 - OPE Textbooks-1st Semester​

  • Outdoor Power Equipment Diesel Engine Systems
    31-461-302
    2Credit
    72
    36
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 72
    • Outside Effort Hours: 36
    • Course Number: 31461302
    • Credits: 2.00

    Provides technicians with skills and knowledge of diesel engine theory, compression, fuel, electrical, cooling and lubrication systems along with emissions compliance standards. 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
    72
    36
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 72
    • Outside Effort Hours: 36
    • 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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