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Power Sports Equipment Technician

Certificate

Program Overview

If you love the thrill of the ride—and working on your ride--think about a career as a power sports equipment technician. Saskatchewan Polytechnic offers a certificate program that will get you into the workforce quickly. In less than a year, you could be getting paid to work on motorcycles, ATVs, snowmobiles and outboard engines.

Some mechanical aptitude is helpful, but your biggest asset is being willing to learn new technology and computer diagnostics. Good people skills are helpful too. First jobs are usually with dealerships or manufacturers, but you could also use your skills to start your own business.

The one-year Power Sports Equipment Technician certificate program is offered on-campus in Regina. Our focus on practical training means you’ll spend as much time in the shop as you do in the classroom. You’ll learn how to service, maintain and repair motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), snowmobiles and outboard marine engines. You’ll build knowledge and skills in:

  • all aspects of clutches
  • brakes, steering and drive systems
  • electrical and engine theory
  • fuel systems
  • ignition, starting and charging systems
  • industrial communications and safe work procedures
  • two- and four-stroke engines
  • use of hand, power and measuring tools

Leading Edge Training

Our close ties with the power sports equipment industry ensure that your training is practical, hands-on and up-to-date. You’ll learn in well-equipped shops and work on the latest model snowmobiles, motorcycles, ATVs and outboard engines. When you graduate, you’ll be workplace-ready.

Industry Accredited

Saskatchewan Polytechnic is one of the only Equipment & Engine Training Council (EETC) accredited schools in Canada. This means our graduates have the necessary knowledge and skills to become certified Outdoor Power Equipment Technicians, a designation recognized across North America.

Career and Salary Information

Your Career

Your certificate prepares you to work as a motorcycle, ATV, snowmobile or outboard motor technician with retail dealerships and brand name equipment manufacturers. You might focus on service and repair, manufacturing or sales. You could also use your skills to start your own business. With more experience, you could move into sales and management positions, or work as a territorial technical rep for a major manufacturer.

Potential Careers

Sample Job TitleNOC Classification1Earning Potential2
Motorcycle and Snowmobile TechnicianMotorcycle and Other Related Mechanics (7334)$31,200 - $62,600
Marine TechnicianOther Small Engine and Equipment Mechanics (7335)$21,900 - $54,600

Length and Start Date

Start Date(s): September

Length: 35 weeks

Locations

  • Regina

Admissions

Admission Requirements

Special Admission

Applicants who do not possess the academic qualifications for a program may be admitted if evidence of probable success can be established through a special admission assessment. Interested individuals should still apply. Applicants are automatically considered for special admission. However, some specific admission requirements may still need to be met. Refer to the ACCUPLACER© cut scores for this program below, and review additional details concerning Special Admission.

ACCUPLACER©

  • 60 Arithmetic
  • 70 Reading

Admission Method

First Qualified/First Admitted

The First Qualified/First Admitted (FQFA) process is used for the majority of Saskatchewan Polytechnic programs. When we determine that you meet the program's admission requirements, you will be offered admission based on the date you fully qualify for the program. The earlier you provide the appropriate documents and information that qualify you for admission to the next intake, the earlier you might begin your studies. Your application, once qualified, is always considered for the next intake. 

Applicants to programs with multiple intakes in an academic year remain in the application pool until the last intake for that academic year has begun. Programs using the FQFA process receive applications year round and maintain an application pool for each academic year. Qualified applicants who are not offered a seat must reapply for the next academic year. 

Sponsored programs or programs targeted to specific groups do not accept applications year round or maintain an application pool.

See Admission Processes for more information about this method of admission.

Tuition and Fees

Estimates are based on current rates and are subject to change. Amounts for a program may vary by campus. Totals shown here include all mandatory fees as well as books and supplies. For a complete breakdown of tuition and fees for this program, click here to access the Saskatchewan Polytechnic campus Tuition and Fee Schedules.

 

$6,500

International Students

Regina

Year 1 (33 weeks) - $14,100

Courses

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Name/Description
Credits
 
COMM 185
Industrial Communications
1
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You will develop employability skills in both oral and written communications, including writing for the workplace, preparing job search documents and developing effective interpersonal communication skills.
Credit Units: 1
Course Hours: 16.0
Equivalent Course(s): COMM 127, COMM 186, COMM 187, COMM 188
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Theory
ELEC 119
Electrical Theory
4
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You will explore electrical theory and develop the practical skills needed to test electrical components and systems. You will also develop the skills needed to service batteries.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 54.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab
ENGN 113
Engine Theory
1
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You will be provided with an introduction to the basic operation of two-cycle and four-cycle engines with a focus on lubricants and spark plugs.
Credit Units: 1
Course Hours: 12.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab
MCYL 107
Fuel Systems
2
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You will study the theory of operation and learn how to service motorcycle and ATV carburetion and fuel systems.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Equivalent Course(s): MCYL 200
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab
MCYL 108
Starting, Charging and Ignition Systems
4
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You will learn the theory of operation and the servicing procedures of motorcycle /ATV starting and charging systems. The course content includes servicing various electrical accessories. You will also learn the theory of operation of the ignition systems used on motorcycles and ATV’s, such as transistorized, and CDI ignitions. You will learn how to troubleshoot and adjust these systems.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 54.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab
MCYL 109
Maintenance
4
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You will cover the common service procedures required by a motorcycle/ATV technician. You will learn to perform maintenance tasks, including lubrication servicing, valve adjustment, clutch service, cooling system servicing and tune-up.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 54.0
Equivalent Course(s): MCYL 203
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab
MCYL 110
Motorcycle Two-Stroke Engines
2
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You will focus on the practical skills required to service two-stroke engines. These skills include piston, crankshaft and transmission servicing.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Equivalent Course(s): MCYL 204
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab
MCYL 111
Motorcycle Four-Stroke Engines
4
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You will learn how to service and repair four-stroke motorcycle/ATV engines. Practical, hands-on skills will be emphasized. The course content includes a research project into the future trends in the motorcycle/ATV industry.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Equivalent Course(s): MCYL 205
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab
MCYL 112
ATV Clutches and Drives
2
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You will explore the clutches and drive systems unique to ATV’s. You will study the theory of operation of belt drives, differentials, final drives and CV joints. You will also learn how to service clutches and drives.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 24.0
Equivalent Course(s): MCYL 206
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab
MCYL 113
Brakes, Steering and Drives
3
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You will learn how to repair and service motorcycle/ATV wheels, tires, brakes, front suspension and final drives. The course content includes the theory and procedures you need to troubleshoot handling problems.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 48.0
Equivalent Course(s): MCYL 207
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab
MEAS 104
Precision Measuring Tools
1
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You will learn how to use precision measuring tools in the metric and Imperial systems.
Credit Units: 1
Course Hours: 12.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab
MRNE 114
Outboard Fuel Systems
4
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You will focus on servicing fuel pumps, recirculation systems and oil injection systems. You will study carburetion theory and learn how to service outboard carburetors. You will learn the theory behind today’s electronic fuel injection systems. You will also apply this knowledge by participating in a demonstration of software diagnostic techniques.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab
MRNE 115
Starting, Charging and Ignition Systems
3
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You will study outboard electrical systems, including the ignition, starting and charging of systems. You will explore the theory and troubleshooting techniques of a typical electronic engine management system.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 48.0
Equivalent Course(s): MRNE 200
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab
MRNE 116
Remote Controls
1
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You will learn how to service the remote controls and steering systems used with outboard engines.
Credit Units: 1
Course Hours: 18.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab
MRNE 117
Marine Two-Stroke Engines
3
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You will focus on the theory of two-stroke outboard engines. You will learn the procedures involved in overhauling these engines.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 50.0
Equivalent Course(s): MRNE 205
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab
MRNE 118
Marine Four-Stroke Engines
3
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You will learn the theory of operation of four-stroke outboard engines and the practical application of service and tune-up procedures. You will also be given the opportunity to research future trends that impact the marine industry with regard to marketing and new technologies.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 50.0
Equivalent Course(s): MRNE 206
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab
MRNE 119
Outboard Gear Cases and Cooling Systems
4
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You will study the theory of operation of outboard cooling systems, including water pumps, thermostats and water flow, and acquire the practical skills required to service these cooling systems. You will study the operation of the lower gear case used on outboard engines and learn how to service the gear sets, shifting mechanisms and pressure testing.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 56.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab
MRNE 120
Power Boat and Trailer Rigging
2
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You will learn the techniques for rigging boats and setting-up and servicing trailers.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Equivalent Course(s): MRNE 210
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab
SFTY 119
Shop Safety, Tools and Procedures
1
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You will cover various aspects of employing safe work procedures in the shop area. You will learn how to access service information using manuals, CD ROMs and web based information. You will learn about the metric and Imperial fasteners used in the power equipment trade. You will develop the skills needed to remove broken fasteners, repair damaged threads and use soldering tools. You will also learn about bearings and seals.
Credit Units: 1
Course Hours: 21.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab
SNOW 111
Fuel Systems
2
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You will focus on carburetor theory and the servicing of fuel delivery systems on snowmobiles. You will also learn how to diagnose fuel system malfunctions and service oil injection systems.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Equivalent Course(s): SNOW 200
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab
SNOW 112
Engine Management Systems
1
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You will learn about the electronic engine management systems used on current model snowmobiles, including the theory of operation and testing procedures of electronic fuel injection (EFI) systems. You will also learn about carburetor compensating systems.
Credit Units: 1
Course Hours: 21.0
Equivalent Course(s): SNOW 201
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab
SNOW 113
Starting, Charging and Ignition Systems
4
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You will focus on the repair of recoils and the servicing of snowmobile starting, charging and lighting systems. You will learn the theory of operation of various ignition systems used for snowmobile engines. You will also learn about the techniques and tools used to diagnose ignition malfunctions.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 54.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab
SNOW 114
Drive Systems
2
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You will study snowmobile drive systems and learn how to recondition and align components.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Equivalent Course(s): SNOW 207
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab
SNOW 115
Two-Stroke Engines
4
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You will focus on two-stroke engine overhauls, including pistons, rings, and crankshafts and diagnosing engine malfunctions. You will also study snowmobile cooling systems and learn how to service these systems.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 66.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab
SNOW 116
Snowmobile Four-Stroke Engines
2
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You will learn the theory of operation and the servicing of snowmobile four-stroke engines. You will also be provided with the opportunity to research future trends in the snowmobile industry.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Equivalent Course(s): SNOW 205
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab
SNOW 117
Chain Cases and Suspensions
3
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You will learn how to service chain cases, brakes and track and rear suspensions.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 42.0
Equivalent Course(s): SNOW 208
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab
SNOW 118
Steering Systems
2
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You will learn how to service snowmobile front steering and suspension systems, including the procedures for recharging gas shock absorbers.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Equivalent Course(s): SNOW 209
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab

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