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Outdoor Power Equipment

Industry Description
The growth and expansion of the home and recreation industries nationwide have created a growing need for qualified technicians to service, manage and sell equipment specific to this industry. Opportunities abound for technicians in various settings including golf courses, landscaping businesses, parks and recreation departments, rental outfits, dealerships, consumer equipment, and motorcycle dealers.  

Department Overview
The Outdoor Power Equipment Technician Program provides intensive career preparation through interactive web-based classroom instruction with live shop, hands-on application either on-campus or off-campus, with the off-campus students learning in on-the-job environments. The program is certified by the national Equipment and Engine Training Council (EETC) and is led by an EETC certified instructor. Students prepare technical knowledge and mechanical skills necessary to service, troubleshoot and repair today's sophisticated recreational, residential and commercial outdoor power equipment using the competencies and national testing provided by the EETC. Training materials and equipment are provided through cooperative agreements with regional dealerships, national manufacturers, and the local community. Curriculum is reviewed by the Outdoor Power and Turf Equipment Technician advisory board which is composed of local and regional industry members.

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Degrees
After completion of four college quarters, students may receive a Certificate as an Outdoor Power Equipment Technician.

Two additional quarters can lead to a AAAS degree as an Outdoor Power and Turf Equipment technician.

After completing any one of the seven core classes and passing its corresponding test a student will receive an EETC certification certificate and a set of arm patches from the EETC.


Career Opportunities
  • Outdoor Power Equipment & other Small Engine Mechanic
  • Farm Equipment Mechanic
  • Motorcycle Mechanic
  • Recreational Vehicle Service Technician
  • Parts Salesperson
* Combining WWCC's Outdoor Power Equipment certificate and the EETC certification increases opportunity for advancement within various career fields.


Scholarships

Paul H. Scholten Memorial Scholarship and Francis A. Ariens Memorial Scholarship
Each school year, the Equipment and Engine Training Council awards ten scholarships of $1,000. Scholarships will be awarded to individuals pursuing a certificate or degree in power equipment technology at an EETC accredited school. For a list of EETC accredited schools, visit www.eetc.org. Applicants will be judged on their academic achievement, leadership activities, and student statement. Preference will be given to qualified applicants who exhibit financial need. A copy of your schools receipt of registration and class schedule is also required with your application.

WALP Education Foundation Scholarship
Washington Association of Landscape Professionals Foundation is awarding two $500 scholarships and through the Rick Pankow foundation two $1,000 scholarships. Applicants must attend a technical or community college offering a landscape/horticulture program. High school seniors planning on attending a college program are also eligible. Scholarships are based on merit, and/or need. Candidates will be evaluated on academic standing, industry and school involvement, leadership potential and financial need. Information and application forms may be obtained by calling the WALP office at 800-833-2186 or on-line at http://www.walp.org/

Peaks and Prairies GCSA scholarship
The Peaks & Prairies GCSA Scholarship Program was developed to recognize outstanding students planning careers in golf course management and turf equipment management. The Peaks & Prairies Golf Course Superintendents Association, at their discretion, administers the awards and determines the dollar amounts each year. www.ppgcsa.org



Entrance Requirements
Depending upon placement testing, students may need to complete additional computer classes as a prerequisite to entering the program. It is recommended that the student contact the lead instructor regarding appropriate program placement to determine specific quarter start in the program. While students may enter the program fall, winter or spring quarter, due to course sequencing it is recommended to begin in the fall. A placement test and mechanical reasoning test offered by the Student Development Center must be completed prior to admittance to the program.

Other Information
For additional information including regional employment data, completion rates, student characteristics, and employment, see http://www.wtb.wa.gov/etp.