Recreational & Power Equipment Technology

Recreational & Power Equipment Technology

Location: West Campus (Leesport)                   Instructor: John Deatrich          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.

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


Required/Optional Items
Purchased through

Required Items
Purchase from any Vendor

Required Footwear

Required Safety Gear

· One Navy Short Sleeve Tee Shirt with BCTC Logo
· One Pair Navy Industrial Work Pants – proper fitting and no holesOPTIONAL:
· Charcoal Crewneck Sweatshirt with BCTC Logo
· Navy Long Sleeve Work Shirt with BCTC Logo
N/A Work boots, 6″ high, all leather · Safety glasses provided by BCTC

· Mechanic’s gloves (optional)



Small Gas Engines (12th Edition) (Textbook/Workbook) – by Alfred C. Roth, Blake Fisher and W. Scott Gauthier

Students will utilize this text as an ebook and will be required to purchase a usage code from BCTC

Tool / Supply / Protective Equipment

Quantity Needed Level 1, 2, or 3 Approximate Cost Suggested Vendor
Footwear Requirement: Work boots, 6″ high, all leather 1 pair Levels 1, 2, & 3 $50.00 – $100.00+ Any store
Mechanic’s Gloves 1 Levels 1, 2, & 3 $20.00 Lowes or Home Depot
Recreational & Power Equipment

Program Entrance Recommendations:

  • Reading at grade level
  • Computation with fractions, decimals, ratios & percentages
  • Pre-Algebra skills
  • 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