Recreational & Power Equipment Technology

  • Location: West Campus (Leesport)
    Instructor: Melvin Johnson
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    CIP Code: 47.0699

  • Program Entrance Recommendations:

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

    Career Pathways

    Farm Equipment Mechanic
    Motorcycle Mechanic
    Motorboat Mechanic
    Outdoor Power Equipment & Small Engine Mechanic
    Lawn and Garden Equipment Mechanic
    Service Manager
    Recreational & Power Equipment Instructor
    Parts Manager
    Motorcycle Dealer

  • 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.

    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.

    Industry Certifications:

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


    Program Requirements/Costs (approximate):

    Please use the Order Supplies link for the approximate costs of the Textbooks, Tools & Supplies, and Uniforms for this program.
    Industry certification testing fees - $45/test*

    * BCTC will pay for one pair of safety glasses (if required) and may assist with payment for the testing fees or core certification tests (first time only).  Additional safety glasses and testing fees must be paid by the student.


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