Schools for Aspiring ATV Technicians: How to Choose

All-terrain vehicle (ATV) technicians maintain and repair ATVs and small engine vehicles. Diploma, certificate and associate degree programs in small engine repair and power sports technology are available at 2-year colleges across the U.S. Read on to learn about important considerations when choosing an ATV repair school.

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ATV technician training programs prepare students to maintain and repair ATVs and small engine vehicles. These programs are normally offered at 2-year colleges.

ATV Technician Schools

The following schools offer ATV technician programs:

College/University Location Institution Type Degrees Offered Tuition (2015-2016)*
Southeast Community College Lincoln, Nebraska 2-year, Public Diploma $3,218 In-state
$3,932 Out-of-state
Central Carolina Community College Sanford, North Carolina 2-year, Public Diploma
$2,412 In-state
$8,556 Out-of-state
Pulaski Technical College North Little Rock, Arkansas 2-year, Public Certificate $4,332 In-state
$6,072 Out-of-state
Salt Lake Community College Salt Lake City, Utah 2-year, Public Certificate $3,569 In-state
$11,337 Out-of-state
Western Iowa Tech Community College Sioux City, Iowa 2-year, Public Diploma
$4,104 In-state
$4,128 Out-of-state
Hinds Community College Raymond, Mississippi 2-year, Public Certificate
$2,600 In-state
$5,200 Out-of-state
Fox Valley Technical College Appleton, Wisconsin 2-year, Public Certificate $3,810**
Iowa Lakes Community College Estherville, Iowa 2-year, Public Diploma
$5,676 In-state
$6,028 Out-of-state

Sources: *NCES College Navigator, **School Website

How to Select an ATV Technician School

Most relevant academic programs include ATVs alongside a variety of personal, small-engine vehicles like motorcycles, snowmobiles and watercrafts, offering repair courses for all of these vehicles. The following are school selection considerations:

  • Student should consider the amount of money they are willing to invest, as each type of program varies in cost based on length of program.
  • Schools that offer courses at night or on the weekends might work better for personally or professionally obligated individuals.
  • Review the prerequisite requirements of prospective programs prior to enrollment to ensure you qualify.
  • Because coursework in these programs is primarily hands-on, students should look into the quality, quantity and variety of vehicles owned by the school.

Diploma in Small Engine Technology

Diploma programs in small engine technology can be completed in 1-2 years, depending on the variety of coursework and the extent of hands-on experiences provided. Students commonly focus on repair and maintenance techniques for a variety of vehicles, including marine vehicles, snowmobiles, motorcycles and ATVs. Internship opportunities may be available.

Certificate in Power Sports Technology

Certificate programs in power sports technology can be completed in one semester or one year and commonly include repair and maintenance techniques applicable to snowmobiles, motorcycles, watercrafts and ATVs.

Associate Degree in Power Sports Technology

A 2-year program in power sports technology trains students in the maintenance of recreational and power sports equipment. In addition to courses in maintenance and repair of vehicles, students also complete general education requirements in communications and mathematics. Students typically gain hands-on experience through advanced hands-on projects and labs.

ATV technician programs are offered at the diploma, certificate and associate's degree levels. These programs typically emphasize areas such as electrical systems, fuel systems, engine repair and troubleshooting.

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