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Powersports Technology

47.0611

(Associate of Applied Science Degree)

The Powersports Technology program prepares individuals to perform maintenance, troubleshooting, and overhaul of the major components of powersports, outdoor, and marine equipment.  Instruction is provided in the classroom on theory, inspection, maintenance, troubleshooting, and repair of wheels, brakes, operating controls, steering, hydraulics, suspension, electrical circuitry, electronic/mechanical engines, manual/automatic shift transmissions, and jet drives.  Students gain real-world experience through lab projects and a summer internship.

The program contributes to the green economy by teaching students to work with electric power being used in powersports, outdoor, and marine equipment.  Students are also taught about different types of alternative fuels and their impacts on the environment.  Biodegradable solvents and other products are used to help reduce water, air, and soil contamination. 

Enrollment in the Powersports Technology program is limited and students are selected for this program on a competitive basis.  Contact the Office of Admissions for the specific application requirements and deadline.

The Powersports Technology program is accredited by the Equipment & Engine Training Council (EETC) in Two-Stroke and Four-Stroke Gasoline Engines and Electrical.  All students will have the opportunity to become certified through EETC in Two-Stroke and Four-Stroke Gasoline Engines and Electrical.  The program is also accredited by the Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering (ATMAE).

Graduates of the two-year Associate of Applied Science degree program will have the knowledge and skills required to be productive in positions such as technician, adjuster, and service writer.  Powersports, outdoor, and/or marine employment opportunities include original equipment manufacturer dealers, independent sales and service shops, agriculture-related employers, golf course maintenance shops, and/or government agencies.  Students may also choose to pursue a one-year certificate in Basic Powersports Technology to meet employer needs for entry-level technicians.  The Advanced Powersports Technology one-year certificate is also available for those who have gained powersports knowledge and skills through other means such as industry experience or college studies.  The certificate provides qualified students with the opportunity to develop additional skills.

It is a graduation requirement of the Powersports Technology (PST) program for students to earn a grade of “C” or better in all “Core Curriculum” courses.

Program Mission
The mission of the Powersports Technology program is to provide students with the opportunity to develop the technical and interpersonal skills necessary to succeed in today’s powersports, outdoor, and marine industries.

Program Goals
The goals of the program are to provide opportunities for students to develop and demonstrate:

  • Electrical knowledge and skills needed to repair and maintain powersports, outdoor, and marine equipment.
  • Knowledge and skills necessary to repair, maintain and troubleshoot two-stroke, four-stroke, and diesel engines.
  • Knowledge and skills necessary to repair, maintain, and troubleshoot drive train, jet drive, suspension and steering, hydraulic, hydrostat, and brake systems.
  • Critical thinking skills used in troubleshooting.
  • Oral and written communication skills needed in the industry.

Program Assessments

  • National Occupational Competency Testing Institute (NOCTI)
  • Equipment and Engine Training Council (EETC) – optional
  • Collegiate Assessment of Academic Proficiency (CAAP)

CORE CURRICULUM
Credit Hours
PST 100 Introduction to Powersports Technology
2
PST 110 Preventive Maintenance & Inspection
2
PST 120 Electrical I
2
PST 130 Accessory Systems
2
PST 140 Wheels, Tires, & Brakes
2
PST 145 Frame & Suspension Systems
2
PST 150 Engine I
2
PST 155 Carburetors and Electronic Fuel Injection
2
PST 165 Starting, Ignition, and Charging Systems
2
PST 175 Engine II
2
PST 205 Internship
8
PST 210 Power Transmission, Hydrostatic, and Jet Drive Systems
2
PST 220 Electrical II & Electronics
3
PST 235 Job Estimating, Troubleshooting, & Diagnostics
3
PST 245 Hydraulics
2
PST 260 Service Writer
2
PST 275 Emerging Technologies
2
PST 290 Advanced Troubleshooting & Diagnostics
3
Optional    
MTT 196 Machining Essentials (Optional)
(3)
    SUB-TOTAL
45-48
   
GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
General Education Requirements
19
Must Include:
COM 111 Oral Communications
3
PHY 100 Physical Science
4
OR    
PHY 103/104 Environmental Science
4
May Not Include:   
ASC 104 Human Anatomy and Physiology with Lab I
4
ASC 106 Human Anatomy and Physiology with Lab II
4
NST 101 Network Fundamentals
3
    SUB-TOTAL
19
     
PROGRAM REQUIREMENT  
WLT 128 Basic Welding
3
    SUB-TOTAL
3
       
GRADUATION REQUIREMENT
COM 125 Job Search Strategies
1
    SUB-TOTAL
1
       
It is a graduation requirement of the Powersports Technology (PST) program for students to earn a grade of “C” or better in all “Core Curriculum” courses.
       
    PROGRAM TOTAL
68-71
       
       
       
Powersports Technology
47.0611


(One Year Certificate in Basic Powersports Technology)
 
CORE CURRICULUM
Credit Hours
PST 100 Introduction to Powersports Technology
2
PST 110 Preventive Maintenance & Inspection
2
PST 120 Electrical I
2
PST 130 Accessory Systems
2
PST 140 Wheels, Tires, & Breakes
2
PST 150 Engine I
2
PST 155 Carburetors and Electronic Fuel Injection
2
PST 165 Starting, Ignition, and Charging Systems
2
    SUB-TOTAL
16
       
GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS  
Must Include:   
Three credit hours from Area 1. Oral & Written Communication
3
AND    
Three credit hours from Area 5. Technical Literacy
3
May Not Include:  
NST 101 Network Fundamentals
3
    SUB-TOTAL
6
     
PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS
MAT 051 Introductory Algebra
4
WLT 128 Basic Welding
3
    SUB-TOTAL
7
     
GRADUATION REQUIREMENT
COM 125 Job Search Strategies
1
    SUB-TOTAL
1
It is a graduation requirement of the Powersports Technology (PST) program for students to earn a grade of “C” or better in all “Core Curriculum” courses.
     
    PROGRAM TOTAL
30
     
     


POWERSPORTS TECHNOLOGY

47.0611

(One-Year Certificate in Advanced Powersports Technology)
CORE CURRICULUM
Credit Hours
PST 145 Frame & Suspension Systems
2
PST 175 Engine II
2
PST 210 Power Transmission, Hydrostatic, and Jet Drive Systems
2
PST 220 Electrical II & Electronics
3
PST 235 Job Estimating, Troubleshooting, & Diagnostics
3
PST 245 Hydraulics
2
PST 260 Service Writer
2
PST 275 Emerging Technologies
2
PST 290 Advanced Troubleshooting & Diagnostics
3
    SUB-TOTAL
21
     
GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
Must Include:  
3
Three credit hours from Area 1. Oral & Written Communication  
AND    
Three credit hours from Area 5. Technical Literacy
3
May Not Include:
NST 101 Network Fundamentals
3
    SUB-TOTAL
6
PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS
MAT 051 Introductory Algebra
4
WLT 128 Basic Welding
3
    SUB-TOTAL
7
     
GRADUATION REQUIREMENT
COM 125 Job Search Strategies
1
    SUB-TOTAL
1
It is a graduation requirement of the Powersports Technology (PST) program for students to earn a grade of “C” or better in all “Core Curriculum” courses.
     
    PROGRAM TOTAL
35


PST  100  Introduction to Powersports Technology.  This course introduces and illustrates all components of powersports, outdoor, and marine equipment.  Safety, environmental protection, tool usage, fasteners, and gaskets are covered.  2 credit hours.

PST  110  Preventive Maintenance & Inspection.  This course includes instruction in lubrication and cooling systems of powersports, outdoor, and marine equipment.  Students learn how air-cooled and liquid-cooled systems work as well as the major parts of both two-stroke and four-stroke engine lubrication systems and how these systems are serviced.  Types and characteristics of motor oil, coolants, gearbox systems, radiator caps, and thermostats are covered.  2 credit hours.

PST  120  Electrical I.  This course includes instruction in battery, charging, and ignition systems of powersports, outdoor, and marine equipment.  The use of electricity to provide the source of starting and operating power as well as the operation and design of common ignition systems are covered.  Vacuum, centrifugal advance, half-wave and full-wave rectification, alternators, regulators, batteries, and AC charging systems are included.  2 credit hours.

PST  130  Accessory Systems.  This course includes instruction in the fundamentals and troubleshooting of accessory systems used on powersports, outdoor, and marine equipment.  Lighting systems, warning devices, communication systems, and cruise control are covered.  The importance of switches in electrical circuits is emphasized.  2 credit hours.

PST  140  Wheels, Tires, & Brakes.  This course includes instruction in powersports, outdoor, and marine equipment front and rear wheels, tires, and brake systems.  Types of wheels; wheel inspection; repacking wheel bearings; wheel removal, installation, lacing, truing, straightening, balancing, and troubleshooting are covered.  Types of tires, tire removal, flat repair, and tire installation are included.  Students learn the operating principles of mechanical drum and hydraulic disc brake systems and how inspection, troubleshooting, and repairs are performed.  The advantages of anti-lock brake systems (ABS) and linked braking systems (LBS) are explored.  2 credit hours.

PST  145  Frame & Suspension Systems.  This course includes instruction on powersports, outdoor, and marine equipment frame and suspension system designs and how they affect performance and dependability.  Fundamental inspection, service, repair, and troubleshooting procedures on frames and suspension systems are covered.  2 credit hours.

PST  150  Engine I.  This course includes instruction on two-stroke and four-stroke engines for powersports, outdoor, and marine equipment.  Engine parts, installation, initial starting, break-in, inspection, diagnosis, tune-up, general service, reconditioning, and reassembly are covered.  Ignition system, fuel system, and valve train adjustments are included.  2 credit hours.

PST  155  Carburetors and Electronic Fuel Injection.  This course includes instruction in carburetion and electronic fuel injection used in powersports, outdoor, and marine equipment.  Students will learn the theory and operation of various types of carburetors as well as electronic fuel injection systems.  Carburetors, fuel tanks, manual and electric fuel pumps, sensors, senders, fuel taps, and related tubing are also covered.  2 credit hours.

PST  165  Starting, Ignition, and Charging Systems.  This course teaches the theories of electric starting systems, breaker point, CDI ignition, and different types of charging systems.  The students will also service and troubleshoot alternators, batteries, rectifiers, stators, switches, wiring, regulators, relays, starters, solenoids, schematics, and all components associated with the starting, charging and ignition systems of powersports, outdoor, and marine equipment.  Prerequisite:  PST 120.  2 credit hours.

PST  175  Engine II.  This course includes instruction on two-stroke and four-stroke diesel engines for powersports, outdoor, and marine equipment.  Engine parts, installation, initial starting, break-in, inspection, diagnosis, tune-up, general service, reconditioning, and reassembly are covered.  Ignition system, fuel system, and valve train adjustments are included.  Prerequisite:  PST 150.  2 credit hours.

PST  205  Internship.  Students are required to work a minimum of twelve weeks and perform a variety of tasks.  Program objectives, students’ educational objectives, and employer’s on-the-job training capabilities determine internship content and objectives.  A training agreement between the employer, the student and the college is required.  The student will submit a weekly summary of activities (tasks performed).  Prerequisite:  Department Chair approval.  8 credit hours.

PST  210  Power Transmission, Hydrostatic, and Jet Drive Systems.  This course includes powertrains used on light equipment such as powersports, outdoor, and marine equipment.  Classroom and lab instruction on components and systems with use and interpreting testing and diagnosing equipment are highly emphasized.  Topics include:  powertrain theory and principles, clutches, manual transmissions, drive shafts, differentials, final drives, special drives, stern and jet drives, failure analysis, and terminology.  2 credit hours.

PST  220  Electrical II & Electronics.  This course includes instruction on the safety precautions and knowledge required to service powersports, outdoor, and marine equipment electrical and electronic systems.  Electrical and electronic theory, system design and operation, the proper use of test equipment, and the procedures used to diagnose and repair electrical and electronic problems are covered.  Prerequisite:  PST 120.  3 credit hours.

PST  235  Job Estimating, Troubleshooting, & Diagnostics.  This course includes instruction on diagnosing and troubleshooting problems and estimating the time and cost involved with repairs of powersports, outdoor, and marine equipment.  3 credit hours.

PST  245  Hydraulics.  This course teaches the fundamentals of hydraulic circuits as well as how to diagnose and test problem areas.  Pumps, motors, valves, and electrical controls are also covered.  Schematics are used to understand the function of valves, fluid flow, and electrical control circuits.  2 credit hours.

PST  260  Service Writer.  This course will teach the basic principles and responsibilities of a service writer’s  position within the dealership.  Topics covered include repair orders, work orders, customer relations, peer relations, warranty work, and networking with other departments within the dealership including the parts and sales departments.  2 credit hours.

PST  275  Emerging Technologies.  This course introduces students to emerging changes in the powersports, outdoor, and marine industries including changes to minor and major equipment components.  Examples of topics that may be studied include modifications and innovations to electrical systems, fuel systems, braking systems, power systems, and steering systems.  Prerequisite:  Department Chair approval.   2 credit hours.

PST  290  Advanced Troubleshooting & Diagnostics.  This course teaches students to expertly troubleshoot equipment and solve problems by replacing only defective equipment or components in the least amount of time.  One of the most important factors in troubleshooting and diagnosing is using the correct approach.  A troubleshooter uses a system or an approach that allows them to logically and systematically analyze a circuit and determine exactly what is wrong.  This course teaches a new approach that differs from basic troubleshooting procedures.  Critical thinking is used to analyze and determine what component or components are responsible for the faulty operation of a unit.  This approach is general in nature allowing it to be used on any type of circuit.  3 credit hours.

PST  299  Special Topics in Powersports Technology.  Special Topics in Powersports Technology (PST) may include instruction on topics not covered in other PST courses.  Topics covered in other PST courses may also be covered in more depth in this special topics course.  Projects may be undertaken in any area related to the major program with credit hours determined by the level and amount of involvement.  The minimum involvement required for one credit is 30 contact hours.  The specific topic(s), objectives, plan of instruction, and evaluation criteria must be documented in the syllabus; approved by the Department/Division Chair; and filed in the Academic Records Office.  Students may complete more than one Special Topics course, provided that the credits earned in this manner do not exceed a total of four (4) credits.  1-4 credit hours.






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