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By: Jessica Dade, Executive Director of the Education Foundation

MCC Powersports Technician Certificate:

Today’s Power Sports technicians need high-level skills and knowledge to diagnose and service increasingly complex systems. The evolution from yesterday’s mechanic to today’s skilled technician requires competence with highly sophisticated systems, as well as with the traditional mechanical areas.

The objective of the Power Sports Technician program is to prepare graduates to succeed as a technician in a hi-tech and increasingly complex career. The Power Sports program is designed to cultivate highly skilled, work ready technicians through:

  • A well-developed balance of classroom instruction in specialized targeted courses
  • Industry relevant hands on training
  • On-the-job work experience 
  • Online training
     

With a focus on customer service, graduates will develop the skills and are trained to progress from customer concern, cause, and decisively to problem correction. 

Programs at Manchester Community College continuously evolve to meet technical, manufacturer and service department needs. Below is a general overview of proposed eight week courses.


Introduction to Powersports Basic Maintenance and Repair:

Introduction to Power Sports Light Maintenance and Repair is a comprehensive course covering all aspects of general maintenance and light repair of the latest vehicles. Topics include:

  • Safety
  • Customer service relations
  • Repair documentation
  • Service-department operations
  • Fork lift operation
  • Safety inspection
  • Pre-delivery inspection
  • In-depth preventative maintenance
  • Inspection and common general repairs.

Using the various skills and knowledge learned, students will perform the same basic tasks on today’s power sport vehicles as an entry level maintenance technician would in a dealership.


Electrical Systems:

Electrical systems is a comprehensive course covering all aspects of the theory and diagnosis of basic electrical and electronic systems of the latest power sports vehicles.  Topics include:

  • Electrical safety
  • Basic electricity theory and electrical systems
  • Circuit diagrams
  • Magnetism
  • Induction
  • Battery technology
  • Semiconductors
  • Specific vehicle electrical systems
  • Electric circuit repair techniques
  • Digital multi meter and other diagnostic equipment
  • Diagnostic techniques

Using the various skills and knowledge learned, students will perform basic electrical system inspection, diagnosis and repairs on today’s power sport vehicles.


Engine and Drivetrain:

This course includes theory, repair and overhaul procedures with an emphasis on diagnosis of internal-combustion engines, transmissions, and drivetrains. This course provides an opportunity to gain the knowledge and skills necessary to diagnosis and service today's: complex engine, transmission and drive train systems including two and four stroke engines, chain, belt, CVT, and shaft drives. This course includes principles of:

  • Engine operation
  • Engine related systems
  • Performance diagnosis
  • Service
  • Engine transmission
  • Drive train noise diagnosis

Brakes & Suspension:

Brakes and Suspension includes design, theory, maintenance, repair and service procedures with an emphasis on diagnosis of cutting-edge braking and suspension systems. This course includes principles of:

  • Hydraulics
  • Service brakes
  • Electronic braking systems and controls
  • Front and rear suspension system service, repair and diagnosis
     

This course covers the latest cutting-edge electronic controlled systems.


Fuel Systems:

The Fuel Systems course including theory, repair and service procedures with an emphasis on diagnosis of modern fuel injection and carburetion systems. This course includes:

  • Carburetion fuel system and service
  • Computer controls
  • Exhaust gas analysis
  • Emission control systems and service.

This course provides an opportunity to gain the knowledge and skills necessary to diagnosis and service today's complex systems.  Using the skills and knowledge learned, students will perform service and repair procedures, and diagnose powertrain and related system concerns on today’s power sports vehicles.


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Jessica Dade, Executive Director of the Education Foundation

Jessica represents New Hampshire’s automotive industry and acts as its liaison with high school automotive technology programs and those within the Community College System of New Hampshire. Serving on advisory boards specific to the automotive technology, she also sits on state-wide boards relating to greater workforce issues that influence the whole automotive industry. Taking a holistic approach to training and education, Jessica is aspiring to recruit, train and retain the highest quality students to grow and sustain a robust automotive industry.


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