Recreational Power Equipment Certificate

The mission of the Recreational Power Equipment Program is to provide the regional workforce with credentialed, skilled, and competent power equipment technicians and to be responsive to emerging workforce needs.

The Recreational Power Equipment Program prepares students to repair and maintain a wide variety of two-cycle and four-cycle engines and related equipment. Students work on motorcycles, ATVs, snowmobiles, outboard motors, and personal watercraft. Units of instruction include mechanical, fuel, and electrical systems. The program also encourages the development of teamwork and interpersonal skills required on the job.

For more detailed information including program costs, tool requirements, student class schedules, and course syllabi, visit:

Contact Mike Steffenson, Program Director, at 406-243-7693 or for more information.

Certificate of Applied Science - Recreational Power Equipment

Missoula College

Catalog Year: 2014-2015

Degree Specific Credits: 39

Required Cumulative GPA: 2.0

Recreational Power Equipment

Rule: Required for Certification in Recreational Power Equipment

Note: Please note: SET 160 is first half only, SET 176 is first half only, SET 177 second half first 5 weeks and SET 180 is second half last 5 weeks.

Show All Course Descriptions Course Credits
Show Description CAPP 120 - Introduction to Computers
Offered autumn and spring. Introduction to computer terminology, hardware, and software, including wire/wireless communications and multimedia devices. Students utilize word processing, spread sheet, database, and presentation applications to create projects common to business and industry in a networked computing environment. Internet research, email usage, and keyboarding proficiency are integrated.
3 Credits
Show Description COMX 102 - Interprsnl Skills in Workplace
This course will introduce students to interpersonal communication theory which can be applied to a workplace environment. Students will learn effective communication strategies that promote success in professional and personal relationships.
1 Credits
Show Description M 111 - Technical Mathematics
Offered autumn and spring. Prereq., ALEKS placement >= 2. Designed to provide the mathematical background necessary for success in the industrial areas. Topics covered include percent, ratio proportion, formula evaluation, basic algebra and geometry concepts, trigonometry, measurement, statistics, and graphing. Markdowns, inventory turnover, and other basic formulas. Credit does not count toward Associate of Arts or Baccalaureate degrees. MC
3 Credits
Show Description MCH 115 - Related Metals Processes III
Offered autumn and spring. A basic metalworking course covering fasteners, layout, bench metal, heat treating, threads and threading, drills and drilling, basic machining, and tool sharpening.
3 Credits
Show Description SET 160 - Basic Electricity for RPE
Offered autumn. The theory of AC/DC electricity including Ohm’s Law, magnetism, series circuits, parallel circuits, the use of meters, and electrical test equipment. Includes electrical symbols, soldering, storage batteries, cranking motors, and electrical safety.
3 Credits
Show Description SET 176 - Motorcy/ATV Eng, Sus, Chas
Offered autumn. Study of the design and function of several types of engines, transmissions, suspension, and brake systems.
3 Credits
Show Description SET 177 - Motorcy/ATV Elect & Fuel
Offered autumn. Prereq., SET 160T. Principles of ignition, charging, and cranking systems. Design and function of carburetor, fuel injection, and lubrication systems. Hands-on diagnosis of problems and testing of systems.
4 Credits
Show Description SET 178 - Marine Elec & Fuel Syst
Offered spring. Prereq., SET 160T. Theory of and testing and troubleshooting of problems with ignition, charging, and cranking systems. Includes the design, testing, and troubleshooting of marine carburetion and fuel injection systems.
5 Credits
Show Description SET 179 - Marine Powerhds/Low Units
Offered spring. Prereq., SET 178T. Theory of design, function and components of outboard motor powerheads and lower units. Includes basic rigging, power trim and tilt, propping, and personal watercraft design, function, and maintenance.
6 Credits
Show Description SET 180 - Snowmobile Main & Rep I
Offered autumn. Prereq., SET 177T. The repair and maintenance of air cooled and liquid cooled engines. Includes clutch, track, and rear suspension service and maintenance.
2 Credits
Show Description SET 181 - Snowmobile Main & Rep II
Offered spring. Prereq., SET 180T. Principles and theory of snowmobile electrical, fuel, front suspension, and brake systems.
2 Credits
Show Description SET 182 - Comp Apps Motorsports
Offered spring. Prereq., CRT 100. Use of recreational power equipment software for parts retrieval, invoicing and payment methods. Students build, query, and create reports using database software, and create a business plan for a hypothetical dealership.
1 Credits
Show Description WRIT 121 - Intro to Technical Writing
Offered every term.  Course assumes a basic computer literacy.  Appropriate score on placement test or consent of instructor.  Introduction to technical writing situations with appropriate formats.  Emphasis is on writing with document design and graphic placement introduced.  Students are expected to write without major faults in grammar or usage. 
3 Credits
Minimum Required Grade: C- 39 Total Credits Required