Recreational & Power Equipment Technology

  • Instructor Melvin Johnson | West Campus | CIP Code 47.0699

    The Recreational & Power Equipment Technology Program course has earned national technician certification from the Equipment and Engine Training Council (EETC). BCTC is one of only a few technical facilities in Pennsylvania to achieve this standard making it a premier training program for students in Berks County.

    The program is designed to teach skills in the service, sales, operation and repair of lawn and garden equipment, chain saws, outboard motors, portable generators, pumps, farm equipment, motorcycles, industrial equipment and snowmobiles. Students perform “live work” for customers, which gives them invaluable experience in estimating, parts ordering, repair, and customer service. Students study measuring tools, ordering and record keeping, small engine design and components, fuel systems, lubrication systems, starting/electrical systems, troubleshooting, overhaul, drivelines, and welding. In addition, repair and service of lawn and garden equipment, chain saws, outboard motors, snowmobiles and motorcycles is taught.

    By completing the course, the students are prepared to obtain EETC certification in 2- and 4-cycle gas engines, hydraulic systems, electrical systems, transmissions and drives. Students are qualified to pursue careers as farm equipment, motorcycle, motorboat mechanics, or small engine mechanics.

    Career Pathways:

    Farm Equipment Mechanic & Service Technician
    Motorcycle Mechanic
    Motorboat Mechanic & Service Technician
    Outdoor Power Equipment & Small Engine Mechanic (Lawn & Garden)


    Service Manager
    Recreational & Power Equipment Instructor
    Parts Manager
    Motorcycle Dealer

    *Requires post-secondary training.

Recreational & Power Equipment Technology
  • Industry Certifications:

    Outdoor Power Equipment Technician Certificate
    Certified Safety Inspector
    Cat I
    OSHA/CareerSafe 10-Hour Certification

    EETC - Equipment & Engine Training Council 
    This program is accredited through EETC to provide students an opportunity to gain technical proficiency in six areas of outdoor power equipment. Visit for further information.


    Program Requirements/Costs:

    There are specific costs for text-books, tools, supplies, uniforms,  certifications; and for some pro-grams, medical and criminal clear-ances that students are obligated  to pay upon acceptance.

    Program Entrance Recommendations:

    ο Reading at grade level
    o Algebra I or Geometry
    o Problem-solving/ troubleshooting skills
    o Ability to work independently and in a team
    o Hand-eye coordination
    o Mechanical aptitude