Short Term Programs

Outdoor Power Equipment Repair


Career Description

Small engines are everywhere, and sometimes they can break down, need repairs and maintenance, and we need experts to fix them. Workers test, repair and service small gasoline and diesel-powered engines and equipment, such as garden tractors, outboard motors, lawn mowers and other related equipment.

Program Description

This program provides students with the knowledge and skills to become Outdoor Power Equipment Repair Mechanics working in a variety of work settings across Saskatchewan. The skills learned in this program are fundamental skills used in many other trade areas such as the new recreation vehicle service technician, automotive service technician, truck and transport mechanic, and agriculture machinery technician. Graduates will be prepared to start entry-level work and, ultimately, apprenticeships in these trades which will provide a broader range of potential employment opportunities for the graduates.

Admission Requirements


Academic Requirements

Minimum Grade 10 with Math.

Academic Requirements

Good eyesight, hearing, manual dexterity, and physical mobility.

NOTE: Some employers may require a valid Class 5 driver’s license.

Delivery Method

20% In Class

80% Hands-on training

Additional at home independent learning, or homework is not necessary.

Tuition and Fees

Dependent on location.

Students can expect to pay little to no fees depending on location and circumstances involved in training (sponsors, LFD).


OPER 100 – Orientation and Safety

OPER 110 – Trades Math

OPER 120 – Basic Small Engine Repair

OPER 130 – Service and Repair Snowmobiles

OPER 140 – Service and Repair All-Terrain Vehicles

OPER 150 – Service and Repair Boats and Outboard Motors

OPER 160 – Job Readiness

OPER 170 – Work Placement/Special Project

What to Expect

Student life will differ based on location, however, do not expect homework as most course work can be completed in class. We do recommend going over any relevant reading, or video tutorials to make the most of your education, bringing a bagged lunch as eating out can be expensive if done every day. Transportation to the Trades Centre’s depends on location, for some buses may be available; for those who drive parking might be limited; or, if either aren’t an option, catch a ride with a classmate!

Students in this program can expect to be in the class for part of the time for theory studies. Students projects will be in a shop based setting to familiarize oneself on some basic tools and work processes. Students will be provided proper tools and gain experience handling equipment in a safe manner. Relevant personal protective equipment (PPE) will also be provided to help ensure all students are safe on work sites, and in the shop.

Graduation Requirements

Students must pass all courses.

Completion of courses are based on a pass/fail system.

Attendance Policy

You must attend class regularly and maintain 90% attendance throughout the program to meet graduation requirements.

Career Possibilities

Canadian Wage/Hour (NOC 7335)* 


Median  High 
$15.00  $19.50 


Outdoor Power Equipment Repair Mechanics are employed by dealer service shops and independent service establishments. They are also employed by businesses that have a large number of units, such as boat rental operations. There is a high demand for this trade in northern Saskatchewan due to the high number of businesses in resource exploration, tourism and out-fitting, and forestry operations that use power equipment in daily operations.

*Use of Canadian Wage/Hour market information used as there is no current information for Saskatchewan based wages. For more information, click here.

International Students

SIIT is currently not legislated to accept International Students. You must be a Canadian resident to apply.

English Language Benchmark

SIIT is not currently legislated to accept International Students. You must be a Canadian/ Permanent Resident to apply.

To be admitted into this program you must be able to understand and communicate in English (Canadian Language Benchmark Assessment of six – CLB6).

Acceptance Policy

Strong preference is given to applicants who are Status First Nations, but SIIT programs are open to anyone.

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