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Small engines are becoming more powerful and more complex, and small engine and power sports mechanics keep them running. Often, they specialize in one type of equipment, such as motorcycles, motorboats, snowmobiles, or outdoor power equipment. With today’s sophisticated engine technologies, it’s important for mechanics to be detail-oriented, with good mechanical, troubleshooting, and customer service skills.

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  • How can I send a copy of my official transcripts to another organization?

    To access your transcripts, log into the SOLAR System, select the Star System and select the Academic Office. Once there, click on the transcripts link.

  • Is Baker accredited?

    Yes. Baker College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission / 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411 / 800-621-7440 / www.ncahlc.org.

    Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant.

    Additional Accreditations

    Baker has also earned specialized accreditations for programs and degrees in: 

    • Business Administration
    • Early Childhood Learning
    • Engineering and Technology
    • Health Sciences
    • School of Nursing

    For details about these specialized accreditations, see the individual Programs and Degrees pages. 

  • Does Baker provide any help in my job search?


    As a graduate of Baker College, you are eligible for our Lifetime Employment Services, which include:

    • Job searching techniques
    • Resume and cover letter assistance
    • Job interview questions
    • Job postings
    • Relocation tips

     

  • Is Baker College Online accredited?

    Baker Online is part of Baker College, a private, non-profit, accredited, degree granting, higher educational institution with locations throughout Michigan.

    As an accredited college, Baker College has been granted legal authority by the state of Michigan to operate as a nonprofit educational corporation and is empowered to grant certificates, associate, bachelor, master, and doctoral degrees. It is approved for veterans’ benefits. Baker College is recognized as an institution of higher education by the U.S. Secretary of Education, U.S. Department of Education.

    All Baker Online undergraduate and graduate programs are accredited by The Higher Learning Commission / 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411 / 800-621-7440 / www.ncahlc.org

    Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant.

    Some Baker Online graduate programs have additional accreditation:

  • How do online classes work?


    After you enroll, and are accepted to your online program, you sign-up, or "register" for your first courses. Like all Baker Online students, you will begin your online experience with a three-week online class designed to orient you to the Baker Online classroom, and review the expectations and requirements of Baker Online students. When you have completed this course successfully, you can move on to additional online courses.

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Power Sports and Small Engine Technology Associate Degree from Baker College

Power Sports and Small Engine TechnologyAssociate of Applied Science

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Small engines are becoming more powerful and more complex, and small engine and power sports mechanics keep them running. Often, they specialize in one type of equipment, such as motorcycles, motorboats, snowmobiles, or outdoor power equipment. With today’s sophisticated engine technologies, it’s important for mechanics to be detail-oriented, with good mechanical, troubleshooting, and customer service skills.

Discover Your Future Power Sports and Small Engine Technology Career

Career Facts

$32,640

Median salary for Small Engine Mechanics

6%

Estimated employment increase by 2022 for Small Engine Mechanics

$60,250

Median salary for Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers

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Overview

Baker’s Power Sports and Small Engine Technology program is designed to provide you with in-depth knowledge of small engines.

In addition to your classroom work, you receive extensive hands-on training on two and four stroke engine and diesel engine repair, along with the electrical systems, drivelines, suspension and braking systems. You learn how to diagnose, repair, and maintain functional systems a variety of machines—lawnmowers, landscaping equipment, motorcycles, ATVs, snowmobiles, personal watercraft, and marine inboard and outboard engines and equipment.

As a program graduate, you’ll be well prepared for an entry-level position in the power sports industry—a field that offers new challenges every day.

Course Information
Power Sports and Small Engine Technology Major65 Hours
Course NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours
SET 106
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4 Quarter Hours

Orients students to the Baker College Small Engine and Power Sports Technology environment. Students will receive instruction in procedure, policies, shop safety, and proper tool usage. Students are also introduced to automotive measuring devices, computer usage and the industry as a whole. 30hrs lecture, 20hrs of lab is required.

Introduction to Small Engine Technology4
SET 111
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5 Quarter Hours

Introduces students to small engine electrical/electronic systems including basic theories, electrical/electronic components, wiring and circuit diagrams, circuit protection, switches, relays solenoids and small engine battery fundamentals. This course also focuses on the use of test equipment such as digital multimeters, test lights, jumper wires and logic probes used to diagnose basic electrical/electronic faults. 20 hours of lecture and 60 hours of lab are required. Must complete with a C (73%) or better in order to count toward the Associate Degree program in the Small Engine and Power Sports technology program.

Corequisite(s):
SET 106.
Small Engine Electricity/Electronics I5
SET 112
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5 Quarter Hours

Emphasizes the fundamentals, diagnostics, and service of the following areas: conventional small engine batteries, advanced battery design, starting systems, starter motors, charging systems, and lighting circuits, as well as, the proper tools and equipment used to perform all diagnostics and service. Emphasis on the major differences between automotive and small engines designs. 20 hours of lecture and 60 hours of lab are required. Must complete with a C (73%) or better in order to count toward the Associate Degree program in the Small Engine and Power Sports technology program.

Prerequisite(s):
SET 111
Small Engine Electricity/Electronics II5
SET 121
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6 Quarter Hours

Deals with the theory of operation for the gasoline internal combustion engine. Two and four stroke engines are examined. Fuel, compression, and ignition systems are discussed. Major components of each are examined as background to viewing the engine as a system. Coverage of engine failure analysis with a focus on diagnostic procedures. 20 hours of lecture and 80 hours of lab are required. Must complete with a C (73%) or better in order to count toward the Associate Degree program in the Small Engine and Power Sports technology program.

Corequisite(s):
SET 106.
Small Engine Repair and Machining I6
SET 122
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6 Quarter Hours

Focuses on the repair of small engines, valve refinishing, cylinder honing, and replacement of all internal engine parts for both two and four stroke engines. Students will disassemble and reassemble engines to running condition. 20 hours of lecture and 80 hours of lab are required. Must complete with a C (73%) or better in order to count toward the Associate Degree program in the Small Engine and Power Sports technology program.

Prerequisite(s):
SET 121
Small Engine Repair and Machining II6
SET 131
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6 Quarter Hours

Focuses on the introduction of ignition systems, fuel systems (carburetors and injection) and the relationship of each on the overall health of the engine. Minor adjustments/modifications to engines will also be discussed and practiced. 20 hours of lecture and 80 hours of lab are required. Must complete with a C (73%) or better in order to count toward the Associate Degree program in the Small Engine and Power Sports technology program.

Corequisite(s):
SET 106.
Small Engine Performance I6
SET 132
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6 Quarter Hours

Continues the examination of engine fault diagnosis and adjustment or repair emission controls, effects of ignition timing, analysis of exhaust gases, and advanced engine services are studied. Manufacturers differences on the various types of systems used will be discussed. Major diagnostic tools will be discussed and used within the lab setting. 20 hours of lecture and 80 hours of lab are required. Must complete with a C (73%) or better in order to count toward the Associate Degree program in the Small Engine and Power Sports technology program.

Prerequisite(s):
SET 131
Small Engine Performance II6
SET 221
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6 Quarter Hours

Focuses on braking systems, repair and diagnosis of hydraulics, electrical systems, suspension and steering systems. 20 hours of lecture and 80 hours of lab are required. Must complete with a C (73%) or better in order to count toward the Associate Degree program in the Small Engine and Power Sports technology program.

Prerequisite(s):
SET 111
Motorcycle/ATV Brakes and Suspension6
SET 231
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6 Quarter Hours

Focuses on manual and automatic transmissions, clutches, chains, belt drives, and linkages. 20 hours of lecture and 80 hours of lab are required. Must complete with a C (73%) or better in order to count toward the Associate Degree program in the Small Engine and Power Sports Technology program.

Prerequisite(s):
SET 111
Motorcycle/ATV Transmissions and Drivelines6
SET 251
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6 Quarter Hours

Provides students with a working understanding of the uniqueness of snowmobile fuel and driveline systems. 20 hours of lecture and 80 hours of lab are required. Must complete with a C (73%) or better in order to count toward the Associate Degree program in the Small Engine and Power Sports technology program.

Prerequisite(s):
SET 111
Snowmobile Performance and Drivelines6
SET 281
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4 Quarter Hours

Gives students practical experience on a variety of power sports equipment. Students will be engaged in all stages of repair from customer complaint to diagnosis, repair and invoicing. Students will be prepped for the State of Michigan licensing exam in areas of their choice including electrical systems, engine repair, motorcycle repair and recreational trailer repair. 10 hours of lecture and 60 hours of lab are required.

Prerequisite(s):
Program Director/Dean approval.
Motorcycle/ATV Practicum4
WRK 291B
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1 Quarter Hours

Covers all phases of securing employment in a required seminar. Major topics include resume preparation, interview strategy, job application, job search action planning, personal appearance, and coordination of the graduate's employment search activity with the College Career Services Office. Students in degree programs may complete the seminar requirement any time during their final two quarters. Certificate students should attend in their last quarter.

Prerequisite(s):
Sophomore status.
Professional Career Strategies1
WRKTC 201
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4 Quarter Hours

Provides a 120-hour minimum learning experience in an appropriate work environment structured to allow students to develop skills and gain training in their major field.

Prerequisite(s):
ENG 102 (Associate Degrees), ENG 101 (Certificates), minimum GPA 2.00.
Work Experience4
General Education Requirements28 Hours
Course NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours
ELECT 161A
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2 Quarter Hours

See General Information Elective List - Computer Literacy Electives.

Computer Literacy Elective2
ENG 101
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4 Quarter Hours

Emphasizes academic writing by reading and thinking critically to strengthen essential communication skills through the use of the writing process. Various assignments focus on summary and response, analysis, and informative writing. Research practices and research writing in APA style are essential to the course.

Prerequisite(s):
ENG 091 or satisfies developmental writing or placement exam, ENG 098B or satisfies developmental reading or placement exam.
Composition I4
ENG 102
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4 Quarter Hours

Continues developing students' critical thinking and writing skills through reading and argumentative writing. Emphasizes academic writing to articulate the relationships among language, knowledge, and power. Various assignments focus on position, argument analysis, and argumentative proposal. Research practices and research writing in APA style are essential to the course.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in ENG 101 or placement exam and approved writing sample.
Composition II4
INF 161
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2 Quarter Hours

Explores timely social, legal, philosophical, ethical, political, constitutional, and economic implications of computing and technology. Coverage of the issues related to a technological society including social networking, privacy topics such as cameras in cell phones, access to our search queries and all sorts of data we put on the Web, social networking, location tracking, high-tech surveillance systems, intellectual property, professional ethics and responsibilities, and crime.

Technology and Society2
MTH 108
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4 Quarter Hours

Solves contemporary, real-world problems by mathematical reasoning utilizing concepts from algebra, finance, and statistics. Key topics include personal finance, mathematical models, functions and relations, dimensional analysis, statistical reasoning, and Euclidean geometry. This class focuses on quantitative literacy and the application of the above concepts in a variety of professional disciplines.

Prerequisite(s):
MTH 099E or satisfies developmental pre-algebra or placement exam.
College Mathematics I: Reasoning and Application4
PSY 101
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4 Quarter Hours

Provides a foundation for understanding human relations with applications to both personal and professional growth. Focus is on examining the basic dynamics of human relations, how social influences shape thought and behavior, effective ways to develop skills of human relations, and the importance of multicultural competency within human relations.

Human Relations4
SPK 201
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4 Quarter Hours

Develops confidence and skill in many facets of oral communication. Students explore diverse topics and formats, using both organization and research to support themselves during oral presentations.

Oral Communication4
WRI 115
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4 Quarter Hours

Addresses professional standards of communication with a focus on 21st century technology. Continues  developing students' critical thinking and writing skills to prepare them to be effective communicators in the workplace. Students evaluate the audience before choosing and applying the appropriate communication medium and style. Required elements include an employment portfolio, a group project/presentation, and an exploration of communication in the student's individual career field.

Prerequisite(s):
ENG 102
Workplace Communication4

Quarter Hours Required for Graduation: 93

Program Description

The Small Engine and Powersports Technology program provides students with the skills necessary to compete for entry-level technician positions in the Powersports industry. Specific platform instruction includes lawnmower and landscaping equipment, motorcycles, ATVs, snowmobiles, personal watercraft, and marine inboard and outboard engines and equipment. Students will receive extensive hands-on instruction on two and four stroke engines and diesel engine repair, electrical systems, drivelines, suspension and braking systems, as well as manufacturer specific diagnostic tools and special equipment.

Accreditation

Accredited by The Higher Learning Commission / 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411 / 800-621-7440 / www.ncahlc.org

Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant.

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FAQ's

  • How can I send a copy of my official transcripts to another organization?

    To access your transcripts, log into the SOLAR System, select the Star System and select the Academic Office. Once there, click on the transcripts link.

  • Is Baker accredited?

    Yes. Baker College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission / 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411 / 800-621-7440 / www.ncahlc.org.

    Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant.

    Additional Accreditations

    Baker has also earned specialized accreditations for programs and degrees in: 

    • Business Administration
    • Early Childhood Learning
    • Engineering and Technology
    • Health Sciences
    • School of Nursing

    For details about these specialized accreditations, see the individual Programs and Degrees pages. 

  • Does Baker provide any help in my job search?


    As a graduate of Baker College, you are eligible for our Lifetime Employment Services, which include:

    • Job searching techniques
    • Resume and cover letter assistance
    • Job interview questions
    • Job postings
    • Relocation tips

     

  • Is Baker College Online accredited?

    Baker Online is part of Baker College, a private, non-profit, accredited, degree granting, higher educational institution with locations throughout Michigan.

    As an accredited college, Baker College has been granted legal authority by the state of Michigan to operate as a nonprofit educational corporation and is empowered to grant certificates, associate, bachelor, master, and doctoral degrees. It is approved for veterans’ benefits. Baker College is recognized as an institution of higher education by the U.S. Secretary of Education, U.S. Department of Education.

    All Baker Online undergraduate and graduate programs are accredited by The Higher Learning Commission / 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411 / 800-621-7440 / www.ncahlc.org

    Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant.

    Some Baker Online graduate programs have additional accreditation:

  • How do online classes work?


    After you enroll, and are accepted to your online program, you sign-up, or "register" for your first courses. Like all Baker Online students, you will begin your online experience with a three-week online class designed to orient you to the Baker Online classroom, and review the expectations and requirements of Baker Online students. When you have completed this course successfully, you can move on to additional online courses.

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Joshua Steere, Baker College graduate
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[Baker] really helps to develop the critical thinking that's necessary in this field.

Joshua Steere