Quality technicians are in high demand around the country. The Outdoor Power Equipment course at GACTC is an industry-recognized training site certified by the Equipment and Engine Training Council (EETC).

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People who are looking for a career in the Outdoor Power Equipment (OPE) Industry will repair a variety of gasoline and diesel powered equipment. Equipment could include: lawn mowers, weed trimmers, and chainsaws; heavy duty construction equipment such as: water pumps, generators, cement mixers, cutoff saws, and compact tractors. The power sports industry is looking for technicians to repair utility vehicles, all-terrain vehicles, and motorcycles. Qualified and certified OPE technicians have been in demand since the 1990s. The increased use of diesel engines over the past decade has further increased the need for qualified technicians who possess an understanding of engine technology. Salaries vary by industry and location but can exceed $60,000 per year.

If you are a motivated person with a desire to service a variety of equipment, then you should consider the career options that are available in the OPE Industry. The OPE Technology program at the GACTC is a three year program that offers training in both gas and diesel engine repair. Students learn the principles of engine operation as well as engine systems and drive systems used on various types and styles of equipment. The mechanical skills taught can be used and transferred among any of occupational titles listed above.


  • Read and write at or near grade level
  • Be able to learn required math specific to the program
  • Work in an organized and timely manner
  • Be self-motivated to work independently
  • Be able to work cooperatively in teams
  • Be physically able to lift heavy engine and parts

For information on this occupation’s description, required knowledge, job tasks and related job titles, state/national wages and employment trends, visit the U.S. Dept. of Labor’s site for this career field.

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Outdoor Power Equipment Technology


GACTC graduates can get a jump start on post-secondary education by taking advantage of the various articulation and/or dual enrollment opportunities. Review the college credit opportunities for the Outdoor Power Equipment program.


  • Equipment & Engine Training Council (EETC)        
  • PA Emissions Certification
  • PA Safety Inspector Category 1, 3
  • S/P2
  • Stihl Bronze Level

Charles Miller

Outdoor Power Equipment Technology (OPE) Teacher