Outdoor Power Equipment Technician
Overview
  • One-year certificate
  • September entry date
  • Notre Dame Campus, Winnipeg 
  • Work experience 
  • Due to high demand, this funded program is open to Manitoba residents only. Applications received from non-Manitoba residents for this program will be cancelled and the application fee will not be refunded. 
  • International applicants please visit Academic Program, Dates and Fees for a listing of programs for international students, current availability and online application instructions.

Description
This program provides you with the skills and knowledge required for entry-level employment in the outdoor gasoline-powered equipment repair field.

As a graduate, you will be able to service and repair common types of gasoline-powered equipment including:

  • Lawn and garden equipment
  • Chain saws
  • Snow throwers
  • Outboard motors
  • Snowmobiles
  • All-terrain vehicles
  • Motorcycles

Training includes shop practices, precision measuring, preventative maintenance, and repair and maintenance.

You will spend three weeks in both January and May gaining work experience in the industry.

Prior to starting the program, be invited to participate in a math and reading skills diagnostic testing session that will advise you of your program readiness.

Admission Requirements

Regular Admission Requirements

  1. Grade 12
    • Submit proof of successful completion of or enrolment in Grade 12, including one credit in each of the following:
      • Grade 12 English
      • Grade 12 Math
      • Grade 10 Science
    • Due within 30 days of applying. However, if you apply within six weeks of the start date of the program, this item is due within 5 days of applying.
    • If you provide proof of enrolment, your official final grades indicating successful completion must be submitted by July 15 for fall enrolment or by the deadline specified in your admission letter
    • If you are required to complete an English language assessment, do not submit your transcripts until requested to do so.  See Regular Admission Requirement 2 for more information.
      and
  2. English Language Requirements (ELRs)
    • Have you successfully completed the equivalent of three years of full-time secondary (high school) education in Canada, the United States, or an ELR exempt country where English was the language of instruction? To view a list of ELR exempt countries click here.
      • If yes, you meet English language requirements. Submit your transcripts within 30 days of applying for verification purposes.
        or
      • If no, you are required to submit proof of meeting an English language requirements option within 30 days of applying.  For information click here.
        or
      • If you completed all of your education in Canada, the United States, or an ELR exempt country in English but did not complete three years of high school, submit your transcripts within 30 days of applying for review.
    • If you apply within six weeks of the start date of the program, this item is due within 5 days of applying.
    • Approved English language assessments and required levels for this program are:
      • Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC) Certificate - exit Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) levels from an English as a second language (ESL) program:
        Listening 8, Speaking 7, Reading 8, Writing 6
        or
      • International English Language Testing System (IELTS - Academic):
        Listening 6.5, Speaking 6.0, Reading 6.5, Writing 5.5
        or
      • Canadian Test of English for Scholars and Trainees (CanTEST):
        Listening 4.5,  Speaking 4.0,  Reading 4.5,  Writing 3.0
      • If completing an assessment, we strongly advise you complete it before submitting your application to ensure you meet language requirements and can submit your results within 30 days of applying.
      • Assessment results must be dated within two years of your application date.
      • After confirming you’ve met English language requirements through your assessment results, the College will send you an e-mail requesting submission of your transcripts.

Mature Student Admission Requirements
If you are 19 years of age or older and have been out of high school for a minimum of one year at time of application, and you do not meet the regular admission requirements, you may apply under the Mature Student admission requirements.

  1. Academic Requirement
    • Submit proof of successful completion of or enrolment in:
      • One credit in each of the following:
        - Grade 10 English
        - Grade 10 Math
        - Grade 10 Science
        or
      • RRC's Academic Foundations program
    • Due within 30 days of applying. However, if you apply within six weeks of the start date of the program, this item is due within 5 days of applying.
    • If you provide proof of enrolment, your official final grades indicating successful completion must be submitted by July 15 for fall enrolment or by the deadline specified in your admission letter
    • If you are required to complete an English language assessment, do not submit your transcripts until requested to do so.  See Regular Admission Requirement 2 for more information.
      and
  2. Meet Regular Admission Requirement 2
Who Should Enrol?

Good hearing and eyesight, good physical coordination of the whole body, and some strength are needed in outdoor power equipment technician work. You should have no respiratory difficulties and no physical handicaps that would prevent you from lifting 50 pounds on a regular basis and 100 pounds occasionally. 

Because the work can be intricate, you should have good finger dexterity and be mechanically inclined. You will need a tolerance for working with grease and oil, and for exposure to various levels of exhaust fumes, dust, and dirt. Reading comprehension is important to successfully complete the required related courses: English, math, and science.

If you are seriously considering a career as an outdoor power equipment technician, you should be prepared for some shift work and be able to work under some supervision. You should be prepared for occasional late shifts at the College as courses may, from time to time, run until 6 p.m.


Next Estimated Term 1 Start Date
(subject to change)

LOCATION START DATE  

Costs (estimates only; subject to change)
Program/Student Fees
Year 1 $4,581.00
Books and Supplies
Year 1 $650.00
Other Fees
Year 1 $900.00 1
Program/Student Fees (International)
Year 1 $16,843.00
1 The College recommends that students provide their own hand tools for this program. The approximate cost of tools may vary from $800 to $900.
 
Students may apply for financial assistance through the Manitoba Student Aid program. For general information on applying please call 204-945-6321 or 1-800-204-1685, or visit their website at www.manitobastudentaid.ca, which also includes an online application. For detailed information, please visit one of the RRC Student Service Centres or call 204-632-2327. Applicants requiring financial assistance should complete their student loan applications well in advance of the class start date.


Program Content
YEAR 1
TERM 1 COURSE NAME CREDIT HOURS
  COMM-1105 Communications 3
  OPET-1001 Machine Shop Theory 1
  OPET-1002 Machine Shop Practical 1
  OPET-1003 Basic Small Engine Theory 1
  OPET-1005 Engine Service Theory 2
  OPET-1009 Lawn and Garden/Chainsaw Theory 4
  OPET-1012 Snowmobile Theory 6
  OPET-1021 Automotive Technician Math 3
  OPET-1025 Shop Safety and Hand Tools Theory 1
  OPET-1037 Basic Small Engine Practical 1
  OPET-1047 Motorcycle/ATV Theory 3
  OPET-1051 Outboard Motors Theory 6
  OPET-1054 Work Experience 6
  OPET-1062 Shop Safety and Hand Tools Practical 1
  OPET-1097 Electrical Systems Practical 1
  OPET-1099 Engine Service Practical 1
  OPET-1102 Electrical Systems Theory 1
  OPET-1117 Fuel Systems Practical 1
  OPET-1153 Lawn and Garden/Chainsaw Practical 3
  OPET-1180 Motorcycle/ATV Practical 3
  OPET-1191 Outboard Motors Practical 3
  OPET-1256 Fuel Systems Theory 1
  OPET-1328 Snowmobile Practical 4
  OPET-1840 Orientation to Power Equipment Technician 0
  SAFE-1028 WHMIS 0
  SCIE-1044 Power Mechanics Science 6
  SEMR-9209 General Safety Training 0
  SEMR-9545 AC-216 Accreditation for Level 1 0
  WELD-1036 Related Gas Welding 2
  WELD-1040 Related MIG Welding 1
 
Course Descriptions
COMM-1105 Communications
A self-paced practical course that develops communications skills from four viewpoints: job-seeker, employee, junior supervisor, small business owner. The course is tailored to fit the needs of individual students and the requirements of the Advisory Boards.
 
OPET-1001 Machine Shop Theory

Shop knowledge and basic manufacturing skills are required by person working in mechanical trades.

Through theoretical instruction and a series of practical shop demonstrations, learners will be exposed to techniques that will better equip them to deal with challenges present in their respective trade. In providing an introduction to the basics of manufacturing, the course will contribute to the development of the learners’ analytical, mechanical and cognitive skills.

Topics covered in the course include:

  • Basic Metallurgy
  • Precision measurement tools
  • Basic Blueprint Reading Principles
  • Bench Tools
  • Component Assembly
  • Power Cutting Tools
  • Threads
  • Grinding
  • Math Calculations
 
OPET-1002 Machine Shop Practical
This course will introduce students to basic machine shop skills; measuring, drilling and using metal working hand tools.
 
OPET-1003 Basic Small Engine Theory
Distinguish between characteristics of a four-cycle and a two-cycle engine. Calculate problems dealing with work, horsepower, torque, and cubic inch displacement. Identify the components of a four-stroke-cycle engine and understand the operation of the four-stroke-cycle engine. Identify the components of a two-stroke cycle engine and understand the operation of the two-stroke-cycle engine.
 
OPET-1005 Engine Service Theory
Fundamental services, maintenance and overhaul methods and procedures, precision measuring, diagnosis and correction of both two-stroke and four-stroke-cycle engines used in power equipment. Solve problems using basic troubleshooting procedures. Diagnosing and testing of all engine, fuel, ignition, and electrical systems. Use parts and service manuals effectively.
 
OPET-1009 Lawn and Garden/Chainsaw Theory
Explain the principle of transmitting power from the engine to the functional system by means of a belt drive system and a chain drive system. Describe the components of a belt drive system and a chain drive system. Name and describe the common types of chains, bars, sprockets, and clutches used on chainsaws.
 
OPET-1012 Snowmobile Theory
Explain the principles of operation of the two-cycle snowmobile engine as well as related systems including ignition, fuel supply, lubrication, charging, starting, and cooling. Know the correct procedure for off-season storage and the procedure for pre-delivery and set up. Fundamental operating, construction and design features and characteristics of snowmobile clutches, chain cases, drive axles, tracks, suspensions, frames, brakes, and steering.
 
OPET-1021 Automotive Technician Math
Individual progress math. Program utilizing Diagnostic Test material to identify remedial requirements for each student. Students are required to complete basic assignments on each of following topics: 4 operations with whole numbers, fractions, decimals, elementary algebra using one unknown, percent, ratio and proportion, denominate numbers, metric measures and calculations, exponents, scientific notation/significant digits, square/square roots, Pythagoras theorem, perimeter/circumferences, areas, various figures, volume/capacity of commonly used shapes of containers.
 
OPET-1025 Shop Safety and Hand Tools Theory
The student will be able to distinguish between safe and unsafe shop practices and select fire extinguishers for the classes of fire. Understand the importance of developing safe working habits to avoid injury to themselves and fellow workers, and to prevent damage to equipment. The student will be able to identify, understand, explain, and use tools necessary for small engine repair.
 
OPET-1037 Basic Small Engine Practical
Disassembly, identification and inspection of the two-stroke and four-stroke cycle engine. Operation and identification of fuel induction systems and valve train.
 
OPET-1047 Motorcycle/ATV Theory
Fundamental operating, construction and design features and characteristics of motorcycle transmissions, final drives, clutches, brakes, steering, suspension, wheels, and tires. Explain the principles of operation of the two-cycle and four-cycle motorcycle engine. As well, use related systems including ignition, fuel supply, lubrication, charging, starting and cooling. Know the correct procedure for off-season storage.
 
OPET-1051 Outboard Motors Theory
Explain the principles of operation of the two-cycle and four-cycle outboard engine, as well as related systems including ignition, fuel supply, lubrication, charging, starting and cooling. Know the correct procedure for off-season storage and the procedure for boat rigging and set up Fundamental operating, construction and design features and characteristics of outboard gear cases, drive shafts, propellers, trimtabs, exhaust housing, control boxes, and tilt assemblies.
 
OPET-1054 Work Experience
Students will be provided the opportunity of gaining work experience with participating training place host companies. This section will give the student the opportunity of demonstrating their acquired knowledge and skills to potential employers.
 
OPET-1062 Shop Safety and Hand Tools Practical
Use of hand tools, measuring instruments, use of special equipment, presses, drill, press, stands, and jacks. Demonstrate the ability to work safely and cooperatively in the shop.
 
OPET-1097 Electrical Systems Practical
Disassembly, testing, repairing, and reassembly of electrical components, attaching and use of testing meters and diagnostic equipment related to small engine service.
 
OPET-1099 Engine Service Practical
Maintain and repair engine and components to manufacturer's specifications by identifying and following the recommended manufacturer's maintenance schedule and recognizing worn/damaged parts; draining and refilling lubricants and changing related filters and conducting seasonal storage. Perform engine tune-ups, test, diagnose, repair and maintain the fuel, ignition, starting/charging/instrumentation, cooling, and exhaust systems. Remove, disassemble, clean, inspect, measure, recondition/repair components to recondition the engine assembly to original specifications and performance levels.
 
OPET-1102 Electrical Systems Theory
Identify types of electrical circuits, solve problems using Ohm's law and understand the function of an ohmmeter and voltmeter. Identify and understand the function of the magneto ignition system and the capacitor discharge ignition system. Wiring diagrams and circuits generators, alternators, solenoids, rectifiers, switches, gauges, and starters.
 
OPET-1117 Fuel Systems Practical
Disassembly, cleaning, assembly, and calibration of component units. Use of diagnostic test equipment and meters.
 
OPET-1153 Lawn and Garden/Chainsaw Practical
Disassemble, repair and reassemble a simple gear case, three-speed wheel drive transmission, front P.T.O. system, rotary tiller, rotary mower and snowblower. Disassemble, repair, and reassemble a chainsaw clutch, carburetor, chain oiler and tensioner. Sharpen and make repairs to chainsaw chain. Diagnose and correct problems in the ignition system, fuel system, and lubricating system.
 
OPET-1180 Motorcycle/ATV Practical
Diagnose, disassemble, repair, reassemble, and adjust the component parts of motorcycle engines used in the industry and test each to the manufacturer's specifications. Store a motorcycle for the off-season.
 
OPET-1191 Outboard Motors Practical
Diagnose, disassemble, repair, reassemble, and adjust the components of the outboard engines used in industry and test each to the manufacturer's specifications. Store an outboard engine for the off-season and rig and outboard motor boat. Diagnose disassemble, repair, reassemble, and adjust outboard motor gear cases, tilt assemblies, exhaust housing, drive shaft, propeller, and trimtabs.
 
OPET-1256 Fuel Systems Theory
Outline basic carburetor operation and identify major components and circuits. Identify the different fuel supply systems as well as explain their operation. Identify the parts of the governor systems used in small engines and explain their operation. Understand the importance of filters in the fuel systems and be able to identify the different types.
 
OPET-1328 Snowmobile Practical
Diagnose, disassemble, repair, reassemble, and adjust the component parts of the snowmobile engines used in the industry and test each to manufacturer's specifications. Diagnose, disassemble, repair, reassemble, and adjust snowmobile clutches, chain cases, drive axles, tracks, suspensions, frames, brakes, and steering. Store a snowmobile for the off-season and complete a snowmobile pre-delivery service.
 
OPET-1840 Orientation to Power Equipment Technician
The student will be able to list places of employment and discuss the occupational outlook for small gas engine mechanics. The student will also be able to list the different types of power equipment, the different manufacturers of power equipment, and name the steps involved in small gas engine shop work.
 
SAFE-1028 WHMIS
The Workplace Hazardous Materials System (WHMIS) is a system for ensuring that important information about hazardous products is communicated where products are used, stored and handled. This course provides Information necessary to understand and interpret information about hazardous products, including pictograms (symbols), labels and Safety Data Sheets.
 
SCIE-1044 Power Mechanics Science
Electricity and magnetism, Atomic theory, static electricity, condensers, circuits, batteries, transformers, DM motors, DC and AC generators, hydraulics, pressure Pascal's principle, brakes and brake fluids, kinetic energy, centripetal force, matter, properties of solids, liquids, and gases. Heat - temperature scales, expansion due to heat, heat transfer, machines - simple machines, work power, gear trains, gear ratios.
 
SEMR-9209 General Safety Training

This General Safety Training (GST) teaches basic general safety content to arm students with the core information necessary for them to protect themselves in workplaces on all descriptions. Although some examples may consider Manitoba legislation, this course has been developed by occupational safety and health professionals using generic information that is not provincially specific.

 
SEMR-9545 AC-216 Accreditation for Level 1
Level 1 Apprenticeship Credit
 
WELD-1036 Related Gas Welding
Safety in setting up and using oxy-acetylene equipment. Identifying and setting torch for carburizing, neutralizing, and oxidizing flame. Introduction to fusion welding, puddling and bead-running on sheet metal. Identification selecting weld rods and fusing filler rod to base metal. Welding butt joints, lap joints, fillet welds and corner welds on sheet steel in the flat horizontal, vertical and overhead. Performing the same joints on sheet steel using bronze brazing rod. Safely operating flame cutting equipment cutting various thicknesses of steel plate.
 
WELD-1040 Related MIG Welding
This course will assist students to develop techniques for inert gas electric welding.
 

Employment Potential

Graduates may be employed by a variety of companies engaged in the sales or service of outdoor power equipment. Such companies may include:

  • Agricultural equipment dealers
  • Private outdoor power equipment sales and repair shops
  • Rural agri-businesses
  • Various federal, provincial and municipal government departments
  • Motorcycle and ATV dealerships
  • Lawn and garden outlets
  • Rental centres
  • Remote fishing lodges
  • Marine, snowmobile, and personal watercraft dealerships
Contact Information
For general information about this program or how to apply, contact Enrolment Services at 204-632-2327.