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Diesel Technology

Associate Applied Science - Transfer

If you’d like a high-paying career upon graduating from BTC, then you should consider Diesel. You’ll be prepared to work right away as a diesel technician, repairing and maintaining heavy trucks, buses, and road equipment like bulldozers and graders. Other positions you’d qualify for are diesel engine specialist, truck technician, marine technician, and construction and industrial machinery repair technician. You’ll learn how to use leading-edge diesel technology, and work hands-on in an actual shop. Employers who hire graduates from the Diesel program include diesel automotive and trucking companies, rental companies, marine dealers, highway contractors, and farm and heavy equipment companies. The average placement rate for Diesel graduates is 82%, and typical starting wages for this field are around $16-17 per hour, with an earning potential of approximately $27-28 per hour.* BTC’s Diesel program is certified by ASE (Automotive Service Excellence) as a Medium/Heavy Duty Truck Training Program. This assures that the curriculum follows the stringent standards identified by NATEF (National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation). This program’s entry points are usually fall and winter quarters. General education and program-specific classes are offered days, evenings, and online; check our website for this program’s specific class times. *For details regarding BTC career wages and placement, visit btc.ctc.edu/careerservices.

Employment Information

90% BTC graduate placement rate

$42,494 starting annual wage

$52,333 average annual wage

$62,920 potential annual wage

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Jobs & Employment

About 90% of BTC Diesel students are employed within nine months of graduation. The average annual income in this field is $52,333, with an earning potential of about $62,920 per year.*

Driving citations will restrict or prevent student participation in some lab activities, internships and employment in the diesel repair industry.

Potential Positions

Program graduates work as diesel technicians, repairing and maintaining the diesel engines that power transportation equipment, such as heavy trucks and buses. Some diesel technicians also work on bulldozers, cranes, road graders, farm tractors, and combines. A small number also repair boats or service a variety of diesel-powered electric generators, compressors, and pumps used in oil well drilling and irrigation systems.

Employers include diesel dealerships, diesel repair companies, diesel trucking companies, diesel marine dealers, farm equipment companies, and highway contractors. Potential positions include diesel engine specialist, truck technician, bus technician, construction and industrial machinery repair person, marine technician, ASE certified specialist, engine overhaul mechanic and service manager.

Courses

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Courses are from the 2018-19 Catalog

TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS137 credits

  • Quarter 1
  • TRANS 101Basic Transportation Service & Systems 1015 credits

    Basic Transportation is a hybrid class. A portion of the lecture component will be delivered through an on-line "textbook". Students will be introduced to basic automotive and diesel repair practices. Proper interaction with customers, shop managers and fellow employees will be emphasized. NOTE: Students are required to complete all General Education courses before entering DET 139, DET 240, DET 242.

    Notes:
    • This class must be taken concurrently with TRANS 102 and TRANS 103.
    Prerequisite:
    Instructor permission.

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  • TRANS 102Basic Transportation Service & Systems 1025 credits

    Basic Transportation is a hybrid class. A portion of the lecture component will be delivered through an on-line "textbook". Students will begin to apply tool use and shop practices that are introduced in Basic Transportation 102. These practices will be demonstrated on shop and customer vehicles. NOTE: Students are required to complete all General Education courses before entering DET 139, DET 240, DET 242.

    Notes:
    • This class must be taken concurrently with TRANS 101 and TRANS 103.
    Prerequisite:
    ACCUPLACER Arithmetic score of 38 or MATH 090 with a C or better or ABE 050 with a C or better, and ACCUPLACER Reading Comprehension score of 71 or RDG 085 with a C or better, and ACCUPLACER Sentence Skills score of 71 or ENGL 092 with a C or better and a valid driver's license or Instructor permission.

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  • TRANS 103Basic Transportation Service & Systems 1035 credits

    Basic Transportation is a hybrid class. A portion of the lecture component will be delivered through an on-line "textbook". Student will continue to implement the knowledge they have gained in Trans 101 and 102 to more advanced vehicle systems. Students at this point will have the basic knowledge of dealing with customer concerns, verifying their concerns and beginning to diagnose basic problems. NOTE: Students are required to complete all General Education courses before entering DET 139, DET 240, DET 242.

    Notes:
    • This class must be taken concurrently with TRANS 101 and TRANS 102.
    Prerequisite:
    ACCUPLACER Arithmetic score of 38 or MATH 090 with a C or better or ABE 050 with a C or better, and ACCUPLACER Reading Comprehension score of 71 or RDG 085 with a C or better, and ACCUPLACER Sentence Skills score of 71 or ENGL 092 with a C or better and a valid driver's license or Instructor permission.

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    11/7-12/6MTWTh12:00p-3:00pWALLACE POpenings: 8
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  • ENGL& 101English Composition I5 credits

    A composition course in which students read, analyze, and write essays using a variety of rhetorical strategies, as well as develop and verbally express ideas clearly and effectively. The critical reading of essays will provide a basis for the student's own critical writing, which will reflect a command of college-level literacy standards. Attention to writing fundamentals and stylistic techniques will also be included. Word processing, email and internet knowledge required.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 85 or B grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 86 or B grade in ENGL 092 or C grade in AENGL 100.

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    7/5-8/13Online RICHARDS JOpenings: 3
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    1/3-3/22Online STAFFOpenings: 24
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  • MATH& 107 *Math in Society5 credits

    College level coverage of practical applications in many fields of study. Topics will include probability, statistics, finance, geometry, graphing, growth & decay, and right triangle trigonometry.

    Prerequisite:
    BTC College Level Math score of 75 or a C grade in MATH 099.

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    1/3-3/22Online STAFFOpenings: 24
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  • Quarter 2
  • DET 129Shop Simulation15 credits

    This course simulates a diesel technology maintenance/repair shop environment under the supervision of the instructor. Students will learn: safety, rigging, drilling threading, thread repair, strengths of materials, materials identification, metalworking, cutting and welding and the documentation of these skills with a student created learning portfolio, documenting their work experience with narratives and photos and providing an in-depth self-reflection. Students from TRANS 101, TRANS 102, TRANS 103 must meet with the instructor to discuss DET 129 requirements.

    Prerequisite:
    TRANS 101, TRANS 102, and TRANS 103 with a C or better or instructor permission.

    Future Offerings
    1/3-3/22MTWTh 7:30a-2:00pSULLIVAN TOpenings: 26
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  • CMST& 210Interpersonal Communications5 credits

    Designed to introduce students to the application of basic interpersonal communication theory, with a focus on achieving success in the workplace. Topics explored include self-awareness, self-disclosure, conversation skills, relationship development and maintenance, assertiveness, teamwork and group dynamics, conflict management strategies, and diversity issues.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 71 or a C grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 71 or a C grade in ENGL 092.

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    7/5-8/13MTWTh 8:30a-10:50aSMITH MOpenings: 17
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    7/5-8/13Online ZAMORA AOpenings: 1
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    9/18-12/6TTh 8:00a-10:10aZAMORA AOpenings: 17
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    9/18-12/6TTh 5:30p-7:40pSMITH MOpenings: 20
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    1/3-3/21TTh 5:30p-7:40pSTAFFOpenings: 28
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    1/4-3/22MWF 8:30a-9:50aSTAFFOpenings: 28
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    1/3-3/22Online STAFFOpenings: 24
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  • PSYC& 100 *General Psychology5 credits

    An overview of the factors affecting behavior including topics related to theories of learning, the senses, perceptions, nervous system, emotions, personality theory, motivation, abnormal behavior and therapy, and social psychology.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 85 or B grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 86 or B grade in ENGL 092 or C grade in AENGL 100.

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    7/5-8/13Online NELSON LOpenings: 8
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    7/5-8/13Online MUDD SOpenings: 12
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    9/18-12/6TTh 1:10p-3:20pMUDD SOpenings: 24
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    9/19-12/7MWF 8:30a-9:50aSMITH MOpenings: 20
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    9/19-12/5MW12:30p-1:50pMUDD SOpenings: 17
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    9/18-12/7Online MUDD SOpenings: 12
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    1/3Online STAFFOpenings: 24
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    1/4-3/22MWF10:10a-11:30aSTAFFOpenings: 28
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    1/7-3/20MW12:30p-1:50pSTAFFOpenings: 24
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  • Quarter 3
  • DET 116Electrical/Electronics II6 credits

    This course will address specific components and operational theory of batteries, including starting and charging, as utilized in modern medium/heavy duty vehicles. It will also address comprehension and use of wiring schematics and diagrams for the previously mentioned components, as well as removal and installation of maintenance items for starters and alternators.

    Prerequisite:
    TRANS 101, TRANS 102, TRANS 103 with a grade of C or better or Instructor permission.

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    4/2-4/23MTWTh 7:30a-2:30pSULLIVAN TOpenings: 26
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  • DET 201Hydraulics9 credits

    This course will address the basic operation of hydraulic/pneumatic systems, with the emphasis on preventive maintenance and logical troubleshooting.

    Prerequisite:
    TRANS 101, TRANS 102, TRANS 103 with a grade of C (2.0) or better; or instructor permission

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    4/24-5/30MTWTh 7:30a-2:00pSULLIVAN TOpenings: 26
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  • DET 208Preventive Maintenance6 credits

    This course covers how to set up a PM program, arrange PM scheduling, keep vital records, and winterize heavy duty vehicles. It also discusses when to place a vehicle out of service or deadline it.

    Prerequisite:
    TRANS 101, TRANS 102, TRANS 103 with a grade of C (2.0) or better; or instructor permission

    Future Offerings
    6/3-6/20MTWTh 7:30a-3:30pSULLIVAN TOpenings: 26
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  • Quarter 4
  • DET 139Field-Based Experience I12 credits

    The student will complete an unpaid or paid internship or job shadow at a maintenance/repair facility in the industry. This is the first of two internships the student will complete in the program. It is recommended that the student's experience focus on the subject areas completed the previous three quarters on campus, if practical or possible, thereby making the internship site a real world extension of the classroom. Student work will be monitored by an instructor from BTC who will visit the work site periodically. Students will create and maintain a field-based learning portfolio, documenting their work experience with narratives and photos and providing an in-depth self-reflection.

    Prerequisite:
    TRANS 101, TRANS 102, TRANS 103, and DET 129 with a C or better and all General Education (Related Instruction) courses required by degree or instructor permission

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    7/5-8/27ARRSULLIVAN TOpenings: 16
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  • Quarter 5
  • DET 104Hydraulic Brakes2 credits

    This course will address the basic operation of mobile hydraulic braking systems, with the emphasis on preventive maintenance and logical troubleshooting.

    Prerequisite:
    TRANS 101, TRANS 102, TRANS 103 with a grade of C (2.0) or better; or instructor permission

    Future Offerings
    12/3-12/7DAILY 7:30a-2:30pSULLIVAN TOpenings: 23
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  • DET 106Electrical/Electronics I6 credits

    This course will address the basic operation of electrical/electronic systems, with the emphasis on preventive maintenance and logical troubleshooting.

    Prerequisite:
    TRANS 101, TRANS 102, TRANS 103 with a grade of C (2.0) or better; or instructor permission

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    9/18-10/11MTWTh 7:30a-2:00pSULLIVAN TOpenings: 23
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  • DET 202Diesel Engines13 credits

    This course will address the basic operation of diesel engines and their systems, with the emphasis on preventive maintenance and logical troubleshooting.

    Prerequisite:
    TRANS 101, TRANS 102, TRANS 103 with a grade of C (2.0) or better; or instructor permission

    Future Offerings
    10/15-11/29MTWTh 7:30a-3:30pSULLIVAN TOpenings: 23
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  • Quarter 6
  • DET 239Field-Based Experience II12 credits

    The student will complete an unpaid or paid internship or job shadow at a maintenance/repair facility in the industry. This is the second in a series of two internships within the program. It is recommended that the student's experience focus on the subject areas completed in the most recent quarters on campus. The maintenance/repair facility becomes a real world extension of the classroom. Student work will be monitored by an instructor from BTC who will visit the work site periodically. Students will create and maintain a field-based learning portfolio, documenting their work experience with narratives and photos and providing an in-depth self-reflection.

    Prerequisite:
    TRANS 101, TRANS 102, TRANS 103, and DET 139 with a C or better and all General Education (Related Instruction) courses required by degree or instructor permission.

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    1/3-3/22ARRSULLIVAN TOpenings: 26
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  • Quarter 7
  • DET 126Electrical/Electronics III6 credits

    This course will address lighting and instrumentation on systems used on medium/heavy duty vehicles including wiring diagrams and schematics. Component location, testing and diagnostic procedures will be practiced and implemented.

    Prerequisite:
    TRANS 101, TRANS 102, TRANS 103 with a grade of C or better or Instructor permission.
  • DET 203Drive Train5 credits

    This course will address the basic operation of drive train systems, with the emphasis on preventive maintenance and logical troubleshooting.

    Prerequisite:
    TRANS 101, TRANS 102, TRANS 103 with a grade of C (2.0) or better; or instructor permission
  • DET 204Air Brakes5 credits

    This course will address the basic operation of mobile air braking systems, with the emphasis on preventive maintenance and logical troubleshooting.

    Prerequisite:
    TRANS 101, TRANS 102, TRANS 103 with a grade of C (2.0) or better; or instructor permission
  • DET 205Suspension/Steering5 credits

    This course will address the basic operation of suspension and steering systems, with the emphasis on preventive maintenance and logical troubleshooting.

    Prerequisite:
    TRANS 101, TRANS 102, TRANS 103 with a grade of C (2.0) or better; or instructor permission
  • Electives
  • Electives24 credits

  • DET 139Field-Based Experience I12 credits

    The student will complete an unpaid or paid internship or job shadow at a maintenance/repair facility in the industry. This is the first of two internships the student will complete in the program. It is recommended that the student's experience focus on the subject areas completed the previous three quarters on campus, if practical or possible, thereby making the internship site a real world extension of the classroom. Student work will be monitored by an instructor from BTC who will visit the work site periodically. Students will create and maintain a field-based learning portfolio, documenting their work experience with narratives and photos and providing an in-depth self-reflection.

    Prerequisite:
    TRANS 101, TRANS 102, TRANS 103, and DET 129 with a C or better and all General Education (Related Instruction) courses required by degree or instructor permission

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    7/5-8/27ARRSULLIVAN TOpenings: 16
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  • DET 239Field-Based Experience II12 credits

    The student will complete an unpaid or paid internship or job shadow at a maintenance/repair facility in the industry. This is the second in a series of two internships within the program. It is recommended that the student's experience focus on the subject areas completed in the most recent quarters on campus. The maintenance/repair facility becomes a real world extension of the classroom. Student work will be monitored by an instructor from BTC who will visit the work site periodically. Students will create and maintain a field-based learning portfolio, documenting their work experience with narratives and photos and providing an in-depth self-reflection.

    Prerequisite:
    TRANS 101, TRANS 102, TRANS 103, and DET 139 with a C or better and all General Education (Related Instruction) courses required by degree or instructor permission.

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    1/3-3/22ARRSULLIVAN TOpenings: 26
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  • DET 240Current Diesel Industry Topics I7 credits

    The student is required volunteer to work at improving their skills related to the diesel industry. This may include, but not be limited to, a museum of marine, agricultural equipment, logging equipment, restoration projects of heavy equipment or trucks/busses, participation in heavy construction projects involving the operation of heavy equipment, etc. It is recommended that the student’s experience focus on the subject areas that interest the student to better further their career choice. The volunteer experience then becomes a real world extension of the classroom. An instructor from BTC, who will visit the volunteer site periodically, will monitor student work.

    Prerequisite:
    TRANS 101, TRANS 102, TRANS 103, AENGL 100, AMATH 100, CMST& 210, DET 129 with a grade of C (2.0) or better; or instructor permission
  • DET 242Current Diesel Industry Topics II8 credits

    The student is required to volunteer to work at improving their skills related to the diesel industry. This may include, but not be limited to, a museum of marine, agricultural equipment, logging equipment, restoration projects of heavy equipment or trucks/busses, participation in heavy construction projects involving the operation of heavy equipment, etc. It is recommended that the student’s experience focus on the subject areas that interest the student to better further their career choice. The volunteer experience then becomes a real world extension of the classroom. An instructor from BTC, who will visit the volunteer site periodically, will monitor student work.

    Prerequisite:
    TRANS 101, TRANS 102, TRANS 103, AENGL 100, AMATH 100, CMST& 210, DET 129 with a grade of C (2.0) or better; or instructor permission
  • Electives with Instructor Permission: These 24-Elective Credits may include up to 15-credits of approved college level classes determined by your faculty advisor.15 credits

TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS137 credits

* Minimum requirement. List of other AAS-T class options and alternatives

Entry Information

Check out the information below to learn how you can get started!

When Can I Start?


This program admits students once a year, in the fall quarter.

Prior to registration for the program, admitted students will be required to submit the following documentation:

  1. Copy of your valid Driver's License (with no restrictions due to driving offenses);
  2. Current complete 3-year driving record from Washington State DOL. This copy of your driving record will be kept on file for advising purposes only;
  3. Signed Industry Expectations form indicating that you understand program admissions requirements and industry hiring standards.

Important Program Notes:

  1. You are required to maintain a valid driver's license as long as you are enrolled in this program;
  2. Many employers, in this field, will only hire applicants who have a clean driving record;
  3. Driving records (abstracts) can be obtained for a fee. It is the responsibility of the applicant to pay for and order his/her driving records. You may obtain a copy of your current "Abstract of Driving Record" at your local Department of Licensing or by accessing the Washington State Department of Licensing;
  4. A renewed copy of your valid driver's license (with no restrictions due to driving offenses) will again be required at the start of your second year in the program;
  5. All General Education courses must be completed prior to the beginning of the 2nd year.

What Are The Minimum Entry Requirements?


These requirements are for the AAS-T degree and are higher than those for the AAS degree. Please see AAS Entry Page for AAS requirements.

  • BTC College Level Math score of 75 or a C grade in MATH 099.
  • Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 85 or B grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 86 or B grade in ENGL 092 or C grade in AENGL 100.

What Are My Next Steps?


  1. Apply to BTC and Financial Aid
  2. Take the ACCUPLACER/Placement Test
  3. Attend an Advising & Registration Session
  4. Prepare to Attend

Program Outcomes

After successfully completing this program, students will be able to:

  • Comply with personal and environmental safety practices specific to the diesel industry.
  • Evaluate and apply technical information and testing procedures from a variety of sources to troubleshoot diesel equipment.
  • Maintain, diagnose, and repair the following systems: engine, electrical, hydraulic, drive train, brakes, and steering/suspension.
  • Communicate and document work performed using trade specific language and digital images.
  • Act responsibly and ethically as an employee by being punctual, adhering to company policies and interacting positively and appropriately with co-workers, supervisors and customers.
  • Apply research techniques to identify emerging heavy equipment technologies.

Thomas Sullivan - Instructor image

Thomas Sullivan

Area of Instruction


Diesel Technology

Degrees and Certifications


A.A., Agricultural Diesel Equipment, Northeastern Junior College

Certificate, ASE Master School Bus Technician

Certificate, WA Professional Technical Certification

Contact Info


360 752-8404
tsullivan@btc.edu
T Building (T) - Room T4


Associate of Applied Science Degree

If you’d like a high-paying career upon graduating from BTC, then you should consider Diesel. You’ll be prepared to work right away as a diesel technician, repairing and maintaining heavy trucks, buses, and road equipment like bulldozers and graders. Other positions you’d qualify for are diesel engine specialist, truck technician, marine technician, and construction and industrial machinery repair technician.

You will learn how to use leading-edge diesel technology, and work hands-on in an actual shop. Employers who hire graduates from the Diesel program include diesel automotive and trucking companies, rental companies, marine dealers, highway contractors, and farm and heavy equipment companies.

Employment Information

90% BTC graduate placement rate

$42,494 starting annual wage

$52,333 average annual wage

$62,920 potential annual wage

Employment and wage data sources


Jobs & Employment

The need for diesel technicians is high. People who enter this field will find favorable opportunities, especially as the need to replace workers who retire increases over the next decade.

About 90% of BTC Diesel students are employed within nine months of graduation. The average annual income in this field is $52,333, with an earning potential of about $62,920 per year.*

Driving citations will restrict or prevent student participation in some lab activities, internships and employment in the diesel repair industry.

Potential Positions

Program graduates work as diesel technicians, repairing and maintaining the diesel engines that power transportation equipment, such as heavy trucks and buses. Other options include working on bulldozers, cranes, road graders, farm tractors, combines boat repair or service on a variety of diesel-powered electric generators, compressors, and pumps used in oil well drilling and irrigation systems.

Employers include diesel dealerships, diesel repair companies, diesel trucking companies, diesel marine dealers, farm equipment companies, and highway contractors. Potential positions include diesel engine specialist, truck technician, bus technician, construction and industrial machinery repair person, marine technician, ASE certified specialist, engine overhaul mechanic and service manager.

Courses

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Courses are from the 2018-19 Catalog

TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS132 credits

  • Quarter 1
  • TRANS 101Basic Transportation Service & Systems 1015 credits

    Basic Transportation is a hybrid class. A portion of the lecture component will be delivered through an on-line "textbook". Students will be introduced to basic automotive and diesel repair practices. Proper interaction with customers, shop managers and fellow employees will be emphasized. NOTE: Students are required to complete all General Education courses before entering DET 139, DET 240, DET 242.

    Notes:
    • This class must be taken concurrently with TRANS 102 and TRANS 103.
    Prerequisite:
    Instructor permission.

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  • TRANS 102Basic Transportation Service & Systems 1025 credits

    Basic Transportation is a hybrid class. A portion of the lecture component will be delivered through an on-line "textbook". Students will begin to apply tool use and shop practices that are introduced in Basic Transportation 102. These practices will be demonstrated on shop and customer vehicles. NOTE: Students are required to complete all General Education courses before entering DET 139, DET 240, DET 242.

    Notes:
    • This class must be taken concurrently with TRANS 101 and TRANS 103.
    Prerequisite:
    ACCUPLACER Arithmetic score of 38 or MATH 090 with a C or better or ABE 050 with a C or better, and ACCUPLACER Reading Comprehension score of 71 or RDG 085 with a C or better, and ACCUPLACER Sentence Skills score of 71 or ENGL 092 with a C or better and a valid driver's license or Instructor permission.

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  • TRANS 103Basic Transportation Service & Systems 1035 credits

    Basic Transportation is a hybrid class. A portion of the lecture component will be delivered through an on-line "textbook". Student will continue to implement the knowledge they have gained in Trans 101 and 102 to more advanced vehicle systems. Students at this point will have the basic knowledge of dealing with customer concerns, verifying their concerns and beginning to diagnose basic problems. NOTE: Students are required to complete all General Education courses before entering DET 139, DET 240, DET 242.

    Notes:
    • This class must be taken concurrently with TRANS 101 and TRANS 102.
    Prerequisite:
    ACCUPLACER Arithmetic score of 38 or MATH 090 with a C or better or ABE 050 with a C or better, and ACCUPLACER Reading Comprehension score of 71 or RDG 085 with a C or better, and ACCUPLACER Sentence Skills score of 71 or ENGL 092 with a C or better and a valid driver's license or Instructor permission.

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  • AENGL 100 *Applied English5 credits

    This applied English course focuses on the workplace communication skills needed to send, receive, and process oral and written information. Along with a review of writing fundamentals, learners will use principles of clear communication, professionalism, and cultural awareness in occupational contexts. Learners will sharpen their reading, writing, and presentation skills.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 71 or a C grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 71 or a C grade in ENGL 092.

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  • AMATH 100 *Applied Occupational Math5 credits

    This course emphasizes mathematics used in the professional technical occupations. Students will learn mathematical skills in the following: fractions, decimals, percents, ratios & proportions, U.S. Customary Units and metric measurement systems, basic geometry and elementary algebra. The course will include relevent technical applications and the use of a calculator.

    Prerequisite:
    ACCUPLACER Arithmetic score of 38 or ABE 050 with a C or better or approved alternative placement criteria.

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  • Quarter 2
  • DET 129Shop Simulation15 credits

    This course simulates a diesel technology maintenance/repair shop environment under the supervision of the instructor. Students will learn: safety, rigging, drilling threading, thread repair, strengths of materials, materials identification, metalworking, cutting and welding and the documentation of these skills with a student created learning portfolio, documenting their work experience with narratives and photos and providing an in-depth self-reflection. Students from TRANS 101, TRANS 102, TRANS 103 must meet with the instructor to discuss DET 129 requirements.

    Prerequisite:
    TRANS 101, TRANS 102, and TRANS 103 with a C or better or instructor permission.

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  • CMST& 210 *Interpersonal Communications5 credits

    Designed to introduce students to the application of basic interpersonal communication theory, with a focus on achieving success in the workplace. Topics explored include self-awareness, self-disclosure, conversation skills, relationship development and maintenance, assertiveness, teamwork and group dynamics, conflict management strategies, and diversity issues.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 71 or a C grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 71 or a C grade in ENGL 092.

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  • Quarter 3
  • DET 116Electrical/Electronics II6 credits

    This course will address specific components and operational theory of batteries, including starting and charging, as utilized in modern medium/heavy duty vehicles. It will also address comprehension and use of wiring schematics and diagrams for the previously mentioned components, as well as removal and installation of maintenance items for starters and alternators.

    Prerequisite:
    TRANS 101, TRANS 102, TRANS 103 with a grade of C or better or Instructor permission.

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  • DET 201Hydraulics9 credits

    This course will address the basic operation of hydraulic/pneumatic systems, with the emphasis on preventive maintenance and logical troubleshooting.

    Prerequisite:
    TRANS 101, TRANS 102, TRANS 103 with a grade of C (2.0) or better; or instructor permission

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  • DET 208Preventive Maintenance6 credits

    This course covers how to set up a PM program, arrange PM scheduling, keep vital records, and winterize heavy duty vehicles. It also discusses when to place a vehicle out of service or deadline it.

    Prerequisite:
    TRANS 101, TRANS 102, TRANS 103 with a grade of C (2.0) or better; or instructor permission

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  • Quarter 4
  • DET 139Field-Based Experience I12 credits

    The student will complete an unpaid or paid internship or job shadow at a maintenance/repair facility in the industry. This is the first of two internships the student will complete in the program. It is recommended that the student's experience focus on the subject areas completed the previous three quarters on campus, if practical or possible, thereby making the internship site a real world extension of the classroom. Student work will be monitored by an instructor from BTC who will visit the work site periodically. Students will create and maintain a field-based learning portfolio, documenting their work experience with narratives and photos and providing an in-depth self-reflection.

    Prerequisite:
    TRANS 101, TRANS 102, TRANS 103, and DET 129 with a C or better and all General Education (Related Instruction) courses required by degree or instructor permission

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  • Quarter 5
  • DET 104Hydraulic Brakes2 credits

    This course will address the basic operation of mobile hydraulic braking systems, with the emphasis on preventive maintenance and logical troubleshooting.

    Prerequisite:
    TRANS 101, TRANS 102, TRANS 103 with a grade of C (2.0) or better; or instructor permission

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  • DET 106Electrical/Electronics I6 credits

    This course will address the basic operation of electrical/electronic systems, with the emphasis on preventive maintenance and logical troubleshooting.

    Prerequisite:
    TRANS 101, TRANS 102, TRANS 103 with a grade of C (2.0) or better; or instructor permission

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  • DET 202Diesel Engines13 credits

    This course will address the basic operation of diesel engines and their systems, with the emphasis on preventive maintenance and logical troubleshooting.

    Prerequisite:
    TRANS 101, TRANS 102, TRANS 103 with a grade of C (2.0) or better; or instructor permission

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  • Quarter 6
  • DET 239Field-Based Experience II12 credits

    The student will complete an unpaid or paid internship or job shadow at a maintenance/repair facility in the industry. This is the second in a series of two internships within the program. It is recommended that the student's experience focus on the subject areas completed in the most recent quarters on campus. The maintenance/repair facility becomes a real world extension of the classroom. Student work will be monitored by an instructor from BTC who will visit the work site periodically. Students will create and maintain a field-based learning portfolio, documenting their work experience with narratives and photos and providing an in-depth self-reflection.

    Prerequisite:
    TRANS 101, TRANS 102, TRANS 103, and DET 139 with a C or better and all General Education (Related Instruction) courses required by degree or instructor permission.

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  • Quarter 7
  • DET 126Electrical/Electronics III6 credits

    This course will address lighting and instrumentation on systems used on medium/heavy duty vehicles including wiring diagrams and schematics. Component location, testing and diagnostic procedures will be practiced and implemented.

    Prerequisite:
    TRANS 101, TRANS 102, TRANS 103 with a grade of C or better or Instructor permission.
  • DET 203Drive Train5 credits

    This course will address the basic operation of drive train systems, with the emphasis on preventive maintenance and logical troubleshooting.

    Prerequisite:
    TRANS 101, TRANS 102, TRANS 103 with a grade of C (2.0) or better; or instructor permission
  • DET 204Air Brakes5 credits

    This course will address the basic operation of mobile air braking systems, with the emphasis on preventive maintenance and logical troubleshooting.

    Prerequisite:
    TRANS 101, TRANS 102, TRANS 103 with a grade of C (2.0) or better; or instructor permission
  • DET 205Suspension/Steering5 credits

    This course will address the basic operation of suspension and steering systems, with the emphasis on preventive maintenance and logical troubleshooting.

    Prerequisite:
    TRANS 101, TRANS 102, TRANS 103 with a grade of C (2.0) or better; or instructor permission
  • Electives
  • Electives24 credits

  • DET 139Field-Based Experience I12 credits

    The student will complete an unpaid or paid internship or job shadow at a maintenance/repair facility in the industry. This is the first of two internships the student will complete in the program. It is recommended that the student's experience focus on the subject areas completed the previous three quarters on campus, if practical or possible, thereby making the internship site a real world extension of the classroom. Student work will be monitored by an instructor from BTC who will visit the work site periodically. Students will create and maintain a field-based learning portfolio, documenting their work experience with narratives and photos and providing an in-depth self-reflection.

    Prerequisite:
    TRANS 101, TRANS 102, TRANS 103, and DET 129 with a C or better and all General Education (Related Instruction) courses required by degree or instructor permission

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  • DET 239Field-Based Experience II12 credits

    The student will complete an unpaid or paid internship or job shadow at a maintenance/repair facility in the industry. This is the second in a series of two internships within the program. It is recommended that the student's experience focus on the subject areas completed in the most recent quarters on campus. The maintenance/repair facility becomes a real world extension of the classroom. Student work will be monitored by an instructor from BTC who will visit the work site periodically. Students will create and maintain a field-based learning portfolio, documenting their work experience with narratives and photos and providing an in-depth self-reflection.

    Prerequisite:
    TRANS 101, TRANS 102, TRANS 103, and DET 139 with a C or better and all General Education (Related Instruction) courses required by degree or instructor permission.

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  • DET 240Current Diesel Industry Topics I7 credits

    The student is required volunteer to work at improving their skills related to the diesel industry. This may include, but not be limited to, a museum of marine, agricultural equipment, logging equipment, restoration projects of heavy equipment or trucks/busses, participation in heavy construction projects involving the operation of heavy equipment, etc. It is recommended that the student’s experience focus on the subject areas that interest the student to better further their career choice. The volunteer experience then becomes a real world extension of the classroom. An instructor from BTC, who will visit the volunteer site periodically, will monitor student work.

    Prerequisite:
    TRANS 101, TRANS 102, TRANS 103, AENGL 100, AMATH 100, CMST& 210, DET 129 with a grade of C (2.0) or better; or instructor permission
  • DET 242Current Diesel Industry Topics II8 credits

    The student is required to volunteer to work at improving their skills related to the diesel industry. This may include, but not be limited to, a museum of marine, agricultural equipment, logging equipment, restoration projects of heavy equipment or trucks/busses, participation in heavy construction projects involving the operation of heavy equipment, etc. It is recommended that the student’s experience focus on the subject areas that interest the student to better further their career choice. The volunteer experience then becomes a real world extension of the classroom. An instructor from BTC, who will visit the volunteer site periodically, will monitor student work.

    Prerequisite:
    TRANS 101, TRANS 102, TRANS 103, AENGL 100, AMATH 100, CMST& 210, DET 129 with a grade of C (2.0) or better; or instructor permission
  • Electives with Instructor Permission: These 24-Elective Credits may include up to 15-credits of approved college level classes determined by your faculty advisor.15 credits

TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS132 credits

* Minimum requirement. List of other Certificate or AAS General Education class options and alternatives

Entry Information

Check out the information below to learn how you can get started!

When Can I Start?


This program admits students once a year, in the fall quarter.

Prior to registration for the program, admitted students will be required to submit the following documentation:

  1. Copy of your valid Driver's License (with no restrictions due to driving offenses);
  2. Current complete 3-year driving record from Washington State DOL. This copy of your driving record will be kept on file for advising purposes only;
  3. Signed Industry Expectations form indicating that you understand program admissions requirements and industry hiring standards.

Important Program Notes:

  1. You are required to maintain a valid driver's license as long as you are enrolled in this program;
  2. Many employers, in this field, will only hire applicants who have a clean driving record;
  3. Driving records (abstracts) can be obtained for a fee. It is the responsibility of the applicant to pay for and order his/her driving records. You may obtain a copy of your current "Abstract of Driving Record" at your local Department of Licensing or by accessing the Washington State Department of Licensing;
  4. A renewed copy of your valid driver's license (with no restrictions due to driving offenses) will again be required at the start of your second year in the program;
  5. All General Education courses must be completed prior to the beginning of the 2nd year.

What Are The Minimum Entry Requirements?


These requirements are for the AAS degree and are lower than those for the AAS-T degree. Please see the AAS-T Entry Page for AAS-T requirements.

  • Accuplacer Arithmetic score of 38 or a C grade in MATH 090 or ABE 050.
  • Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 71 or a C grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 71 or a C grade in ENGL 092.

What Are My Next Steps?


  1. Apply to BTC and Financial Aid
  2. Take the ACCUPLACER/Placement Test
  3. Attend an Advising & Registration Session
  4. Prepare to Attend

Program Outcomes

After successfully completing this program, students will be able to:

  • Comply with personal and environmental safety practices specific to the diesel industry.
  • Evaluate and apply technical information and testing procedures from a variety of sources to troubleshoot diesel equipment.
  • Maintain, diagnose, and repair the following systems: engine, electrical, hydraulic, drive train, brakes, and steering/suspension.
  • Communicate and document work performed using trade specific language and digital images.
  • Act responsibly and ethically as an employee by being punctual, adhering to company policies and interacting positively and appropriately with co-workers, supervisors and customers.
  • Apply research techniques to identify emerging heavy equipment technologies.

Thomas Sullivan - Instructor image

Thomas Sullivan

Area of Instruction


Diesel Technology

Degrees and Certifications


A.A., Agricultural Diesel Equipment, Northeastern Junior College

Certificate, ASE Master School Bus Technician

Certificate, WA Professional Technical Certification

Contact Info


360 752-8404
tsullivan@btc.edu
T Building (T) - Room T4


Diesel Drive Train/Brakes/Suspension/Steering/Electrical Electronic Systems Certificate

If you’d like a high-paying career upon graduating from BTC, then you should consider Diesel. You’ll be prepared to work right away as a diesel technician, repairing and maintaining heavy trucks, buses, and road equipment like bulldozers and graders. Other positions you’d qualify for are diesel engine specialist, truck technician, marine technician, and construction and industrial machinery repair technician.

You will learn how to use leading-edge diesel technology, and work hands-on in an actual shop. Employers who hire graduates from the Diesel program include diesel automotive and trucking companies, rental companies, marine dealers, highway contractors, and farm and heavy equipment companies.

Employment Information

90% BTC graduate placement rate

$42,494 starting annual wage

$52,333 average annual wage

$62,920 potential annual wage

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Gainful Employment

Program Costs, Financing, and Outcomes

Gainful Employment Information

Jobs & Employment

The need for diesel technicians is high. People who enter this field will find favorable opportunities, especially as the need to replace workers who retire increases over the next decade.

About 90% of BTC Diesel students are employed within nine months of graduation. The average annual income in this field is $52,333, with an earning potential of about $62,920 per year.*

Driving citations will restrict or prevent student participation in some lab activities, internships and employment in the diesel repair industry.

Potential Positions

Program graduates work as diesel technicians, repairing and maintaining the diesel engines that power transportation equipment, such as heavy trucks and buses. Other options include working on bulldozers, cranes, road graders, farm tractors, combines boat repair or service on a variety of diesel-powered electric generators, compressors, and pumps used in oil well drilling and irrigation systems.

Employers include diesel dealerships, diesel repair companies, diesel trucking companies, diesel marine dealers, farm equipment companies, and highway contractors. Potential positions include diesel engine specialist, truck technician, bus technician, construction and industrial machinery repair person, marine technician, ASE certified specialist, engine overhaul mechanic and service manager.

Courses

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Courses are from the 2018-19 Catalog

TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS46 credits

  • Quarter 1
  • TRANS 101Basic Transportation Service & Systems 1015 credits

    Basic Transportation is a hybrid class. A portion of the lecture component will be delivered through an on-line "textbook". Students will be introduced to basic automotive and diesel repair practices. Proper interaction with customers, shop managers and fellow employees will be emphasized. NOTE: Students are required to complete all General Education courses before entering DET 139, DET 240, DET 242.

    Notes:
    • This class must be taken concurrently with TRANS 102 and TRANS 103.
    Prerequisite:
    Instructor permission.

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  • TRANS 102Basic Transportation Service & Systems 1025 credits

    Basic Transportation is a hybrid class. A portion of the lecture component will be delivered through an on-line "textbook". Students will begin to apply tool use and shop practices that are introduced in Basic Transportation 102. These practices will be demonstrated on shop and customer vehicles. NOTE: Students are required to complete all General Education courses before entering DET 139, DET 240, DET 242.

    Notes:
    • This class must be taken concurrently with TRANS 101 and TRANS 103.
    Prerequisite:
    ACCUPLACER Arithmetic score of 38 or MATH 090 with a C or better or ABE 050 with a C or better, and ACCUPLACER Reading Comprehension score of 71 or RDG 085 with a C or better, and ACCUPLACER Sentence Skills score of 71 or ENGL 092 with a C or better and a valid driver's license or Instructor permission.

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  • TRANS 103Basic Transportation Service & Systems 1035 credits

    Basic Transportation is a hybrid class. A portion of the lecture component will be delivered through an on-line "textbook". Student will continue to implement the knowledge they have gained in Trans 101 and 102 to more advanced vehicle systems. Students at this point will have the basic knowledge of dealing with customer concerns, verifying their concerns and beginning to diagnose basic problems. NOTE: Students are required to complete all General Education courses before entering DET 139, DET 240, DET 242.

    Notes:
    • This class must be taken concurrently with TRANS 101 and TRANS 102.
    Prerequisite:
    ACCUPLACER Arithmetic score of 38 or MATH 090 with a C or better or ABE 050 with a C or better, and ACCUPLACER Reading Comprehension score of 71 or RDG 085 with a C or better, and ACCUPLACER Sentence Skills score of 71 or ENGL 092 with a C or better and a valid driver's license or Instructor permission.

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  • AENGL 100 *Applied English5 credits

    This applied English course focuses on the workplace communication skills needed to send, receive, and process oral and written information. Along with a review of writing fundamentals, learners will use principles of clear communication, professionalism, and cultural awareness in occupational contexts. Learners will sharpen their reading, writing, and presentation skills.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 71 or a C grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 71 or a C grade in ENGL 092.

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    9/18-12/6TTh 8:00a-10:10aSTAFFOpenings: 17
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    9/18-12/7Online NELSON NOpenings: 13
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  • AMATH 100 *Applied Occupational Math5 credits

    This course emphasizes mathematics used in the professional technical occupations. Students will learn mathematical skills in the following: fractions, decimals, percents, ratios & proportions, U.S. Customary Units and metric measurement systems, basic geometry and elementary algebra. The course will include relevent technical applications and the use of a calculator.

    Prerequisite:
    ACCUPLACER Arithmetic score of 38 or ABE 050 with a C or better or approved alternative placement criteria.

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    7/5-8/13MTWTh 8:30a-10:50aNEWTON KOpenings: 21
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    9/19-12/7MWF 8:30a-9:50aHEGEBERG LOpenings: 22
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    9/18-12/6TTh 6:00p-8:10pTHATCHER ROpenings: 18
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  • Quarter 2
  • DET 126Electrical/Electronics III6 credits

    This course will address lighting and instrumentation on systems used on medium/heavy duty vehicles including wiring diagrams and schematics. Component location, testing and diagnostic procedures will be practiced and implemented.

    Prerequisite:
    TRANS 101, TRANS 102, TRANS 103 with a grade of C or better or Instructor permission.
  • DET 203Drive Train5 credits

    This course will address the basic operation of drive train systems, with the emphasis on preventive maintenance and logical troubleshooting.

    Prerequisite:
    TRANS 101, TRANS 102, TRANS 103 with a grade of C (2.0) or better; or instructor permission
  • DET 204Air Brakes5 credits

    This course will address the basic operation of mobile air braking systems, with the emphasis on preventive maintenance and logical troubleshooting.

    Prerequisite:
    TRANS 101, TRANS 102, TRANS 103 with a grade of C (2.0) or better; or instructor permission
  • DET 205Suspension/Steering5 credits

    This course will address the basic operation of suspension and steering systems, with the emphasis on preventive maintenance and logical troubleshooting.

    Prerequisite:
    TRANS 101, TRANS 102, TRANS 103 with a grade of C (2.0) or better; or instructor permission
TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS46 credits

* Minimum requirement. List of other Certificate or AAS General Education class options and alternatives

Entry Information

Check out the information below to learn how you can get started!

When Can I Start?


This program admits students once a year, in the fall quarter.

Prior to registration for the program, admitted students will be required to submit the following documentation:

  1. Copy of your valid Driver's License (with no restrictions due to driving offenses);
  2. Current complete 3-year driving record from Washington State DOL. This copy of your driving record will be kept on file for advising purposes only;
  3. Signed Industry Expectations form indicating that you understand program admissions requirements and industry hiring standards.

Important Program Notes:

  1. You are required to maintain a valid driver's license as long as you are enrolled in this program;
  2. Many employers, in this field, will only hire applicants who have a clean driving record;
  3. Driving records (abstracts) can be obtained for a fee. It is the responsibility of the applicant to pay for and order his/her driving records. You may obtain a copy of your current "Abstract of Driving Record" at your local Department of Licensing or by accessing the Washington State Department of Licensing;
  4. A renewed copy of your valid driver's license (with no restrictions due to driving offenses) will again be required at the start of your second year in the program;
  5. All General Education courses must be completed prior to the beginning of the 2nd year.

What Are The Minimum Entry Requirements?


These requirements are for the Certificate and are lower than those for the AAS-T degree. Please see the AAS-T Entry Page for AAS-T requirements.

  • Accuplacer Arithmetic score of 38 or a C grade in MATH 090 or ABE 050.
  • Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 71 or a C grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 71 or a C grade in ENGL 092.

What Are My Next Steps?


  1. Apply to BTC and Financial Aid
  2. Take the ACCUPLACER/Placement Test
  3. Attend an Advising & Registration Session
  4. Prepare to Attend

Program Outcomes

After successfully completing this program, students will be able to:

  • Comply with personal and environmental safety practices specific to the diesel industry.
  • Evaluate and apply technical information and testing procedures from a variety of sources to troubleshoot diesel equipment.
  • Maintain, diagnose, and repair the following systems: engine, electrical, hydraulic, drive train, brakes, and steering/suspension.
  • Communicate and document work performed using trade specific language and digital images.
  • Act responsibly and ethically as an employee by being punctual, adhering to company policies and interacting positively and appropriately with co-workers, supervisors and customers.
  • Apply research techniques to identify emerging heavy equipment technologies.

Thomas Sullivan - Instructor image

Thomas Sullivan

Area of Instruction


Diesel Technology

Degrees and Certifications


A.A., Agricultural Diesel Equipment, Northeastern Junior College

Certificate, ASE Master School Bus Technician

Certificate, WA Professional Technical Certification

Contact Info


360 752-8404
tsullivan@btc.edu
T Building (T) - Room T4


Engine & Electronic Systems Certificate

If you’d like a high-paying career upon graduating from BTC, then you should consider Diesel. You’ll be prepared to work right away as a diesel technician, repairing and maintaining heavy trucks, buses, and road equipment like bulldozers and graders. Other positions you’d qualify for are diesel engine specialist, truck technician, marine technician, and construction and industrial machinery repair technician.

You will learn how to use leading-edge diesel technology, and work hands-on in an actual shop. Employers who hire graduates from the Diesel program include diesel automotive and trucking companies, rental companies, marine dealers, highway contractors, and farm and heavy equipment companies.

Employment Information

90% BTC graduate placement rate

$42,494 starting annual wage

$52,333 average annual wage

$62,920 potential annual wage

Employment and wage data sources


Gainful Employment

Program Costs, Financing, and Outcomes

Gainful Employment Information

Jobs & Employment

The need for diesel technicians is high. People who enter this field will find favorable opportunities, especially as the need to replace workers who retire increases over the next decade.

About 90% of BTC Diesel students are employed within nine months of graduation. The average annual income in this field is $52,333, with an earning potential of about $62,920 per year.*

Driving citations will restrict or prevent student participation in some lab activities, internships and employment in the diesel repair industry.

Potential Positions

Program graduates work as diesel technicians, repairing and maintaining the diesel engines that power transportation equipment, such as heavy trucks and buses. Other options include working on bulldozers, cranes, road graders, farm tractors, combines boat repair or service on a variety of diesel-powered electric generators, compressors, and pumps used in oil well drilling and irrigation systems.

Employers include diesel dealerships, diesel repair companies, diesel trucking companies, diesel marine dealers, farm equipment companies, and highway contractors. Potential positions include diesel engine specialist, truck technician, bus technician, construction and industrial machinery repair person, marine technician, ASE certified specialist, engine overhaul mechanic and service manager.

Courses

Use this tool to see this program's course offerings for upcoming quarters

Select Catalog     

Courses are from the 2018-19 Catalog

TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS46 credits

  • Quarter 1
  • TRANS 101Basic Transportation Service & Systems 1015 credits

    Basic Transportation is a hybrid class. A portion of the lecture component will be delivered through an on-line "textbook". Students will be introduced to basic automotive and diesel repair practices. Proper interaction with customers, shop managers and fellow employees will be emphasized. NOTE: Students are required to complete all General Education courses before entering DET 139, DET 240, DET 242.

    Notes:
    • This class must be taken concurrently with TRANS 102 and TRANS 103.
    Prerequisite:
    Instructor permission.

    Future Offerings
    9/18-10/11MTWTh12:00p-3:00pWALLACE POpenings: 8
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     MTWTh12:00p-3:00p
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    9/18-10/11MTWTh 8:00a-11:00aWALLACE POpenings: 10
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     MTWTh 8:00a-11:00a
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  • TRANS 102Basic Transportation Service & Systems 1025 credits

    Basic Transportation is a hybrid class. A portion of the lecture component will be delivered through an on-line "textbook". Students will begin to apply tool use and shop practices that are introduced in Basic Transportation 102. These practices will be demonstrated on shop and customer vehicles. NOTE: Students are required to complete all General Education courses before entering DET 139, DET 240, DET 242.

    Notes:
    • This class must be taken concurrently with TRANS 101 and TRANS 103.
    Prerequisite:
    ACCUPLACER Arithmetic score of 38 or MATH 090 with a C or better or ABE 050 with a C or better, and ACCUPLACER Reading Comprehension score of 71 or RDG 085 with a C or better, and ACCUPLACER Sentence Skills score of 71 or ENGL 092 with a C or better and a valid driver's license or Instructor permission.

    Future Offerings
    10/12-11/6MTWTh12:00p-3:00pWALLACE POpenings: 8
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     MTWTh12:00p-3:00p
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    10/12-11/6MTWTh 8:00a-11:00aWALLACE POpenings: 10
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     MTWTh 8:00a-11:00a
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  • TRANS 103Basic Transportation Service & Systems 1035 credits

    Basic Transportation is a hybrid class. A portion of the lecture component will be delivered through an on-line "textbook". Student will continue to implement the knowledge they have gained in Trans 101 and 102 to more advanced vehicle systems. Students at this point will have the basic knowledge of dealing with customer concerns, verifying their concerns and beginning to diagnose basic problems. NOTE: Students are required to complete all General Education courses before entering DET 139, DET 240, DET 242.

    Notes:
    • This class must be taken concurrently with TRANS 101 and TRANS 102.
    Prerequisite:
    ACCUPLACER Arithmetic score of 38 or MATH 090 with a C or better or ABE 050 with a C or better, and ACCUPLACER Reading Comprehension score of 71 or RDG 085 with a C or better, and ACCUPLACER Sentence Skills score of 71 or ENGL 092 with a C or better and a valid driver's license or Instructor permission.

    Future Offerings
    11/7-12/6MTWTh12:00p-3:00pWALLACE POpenings: 8
    Register for this class
    11/7-12/6MTWTh 8:00a-11:00aWALLACE POpenings: 10
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     MTWTh 8:00a-11:00a
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  • AENGL 100 *Applied English5 credits

    This applied English course focuses on the workplace communication skills needed to send, receive, and process oral and written information. Along with a review of writing fundamentals, learners will use principles of clear communication, professionalism, and cultural awareness in occupational contexts. Learners will sharpen their reading, writing, and presentation skills.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 71 or a C grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 71 or a C grade in ENGL 092.

    Future Offerings
    7/5-8/13Online DONNELLY ROpenings: 6
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    9/19-12/5MW 8:30a-9:50aBURNS JOpenings: 7
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    9/19-12/5MW 8:30a-9:50aHOFFMAN COpenings: 24
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    9/19-12/7MWF 2:10p-3:30pHOFFMAN COpenings: 12
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    9/18-12/6TTh 8:00a-10:10aSTAFFOpenings: 17
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    9/18-12/7Online NELSON NOpenings: 13
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    1/3-3/21TTh 6:00p-8:10pSTAFFOpenings: 26
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    1/3-3/21TTh10:30a-12:40pSTAFFOpenings: 26
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    1/4-3/22MWF 2:10p-3:30pSTAFFOpenings: 26
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    1/7-3/20MW10:10a-11:30aSTAFFOpenings: 24
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    1/3-3/21TTh 8:00a-10:10aSTAFFOpenings: 1
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    1/3Online STAFFOpenings: 24
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  • AMATH 100 *Applied Occupational Math5 credits

    This course emphasizes mathematics used in the professional technical occupations. Students will learn mathematical skills in the following: fractions, decimals, percents, ratios & proportions, U.S. Customary Units and metric measurement systems, basic geometry and elementary algebra. The course will include relevent technical applications and the use of a calculator.

    Prerequisite:
    ACCUPLACER Arithmetic score of 38 or ABE 050 with a C or better or approved alternative placement criteria.

    Future Offerings
    7/5-8/13MTWTh 8:30a-10:50aNEWTON KOpenings: 21
    Register for this class
    7/5-8/13Online HEGEBERG LOpenings: 12
    Register for this class
    9/19-12/7MWF 8:30a-9:50aHEGEBERG LOpenings: 22
    Register for this class
    9/18-12/6TTh 6:00p-8:10pTHATCHER ROpenings: 18
    Register for this class
    9/19-12/5MW10:10a-11:30aNEWTON KOpenings: 20
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    9/18-12/6TTh 8:00a-10:10aNEWTON KOpenings: 9
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    9/18-12/6TTh10:30a-12:40pTHATCHER ROpenings: 21
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    9/18-12/7Online MOYLE VOpenings: 4
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    1/8-3/19TTh 1:10p-3:20pSTAFFOpenings: 24
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    1/3-3/21TTh 8:00a-10:10aSTAFFOpenings: 28
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    1/4-3/22MWF 2:10p-3:30pSTAFFOpenings: 28
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    1/3-3/22Online STAFFOpenings: 24
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  • Quarter 2
  • DET 104Hydraulic Brakes2 credits

    This course will address the basic operation of mobile hydraulic braking systems, with the emphasis on preventive maintenance and logical troubleshooting.

    Prerequisite:
    TRANS 101, TRANS 102, TRANS 103 with a grade of C (2.0) or better; or instructor permission

    Future Offerings
    12/3-12/7DAILY 7:30a-2:30pSULLIVAN TOpenings: 23
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  • DET 106Electrical/Electronics I6 credits

    This course will address the basic operation of electrical/electronic systems, with the emphasis on preventive maintenance and logical troubleshooting.

    Prerequisite:
    TRANS 101, TRANS 102, TRANS 103 with a grade of C (2.0) or better; or instructor permission

    Future Offerings
    9/18-10/11MTWTh 7:30a-2:00pSULLIVAN TOpenings: 23
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     MTWTh 7:30a-2:00p
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  • DET 202Diesel Engines13 credits

    This course will address the basic operation of diesel engines and their systems, with the emphasis on preventive maintenance and logical troubleshooting.

    Prerequisite:
    TRANS 101, TRANS 102, TRANS 103 with a grade of C (2.0) or better; or instructor permission

    Future Offerings
    10/15-11/29MTWTh 7:30a-3:30pSULLIVAN TOpenings: 23
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     MTWTh 7:30a-3:30p
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TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS46 credits

* Minimum requirement. List of other Certificate or AAS General Education class options and alternatives

Entry Information

Check out the information below to learn how you can get started!

When Can I Start?


This program admits students once a year, in the fall quarter.

Prior to registration for the program, admitted students will be required to submit the following documentation:

  1. Copy of your valid Driver's License (with no restrictions due to driving offenses);
  2. Current complete 3-year driving record from Washington State DOL. This copy of your driving record will be kept on file for advising purposes only;
  3. Signed Industry Expectations form indicating that you understand program admissions requirements and industry hiring standards.

Important Program Notes:

  1. You are required to maintain a valid driver's license as long as you are enrolled in this program;
  2. Many employers, in this field, will only hire applicants who have a clean driving record;
  3. Driving records (abstracts) can be obtained for a fee. It is the responsibility of the applicant to pay for and order his/her driving records. You may obtain a copy of your current "Abstract of Driving Record" at your local Department of Licensing or by accessing the Washington State Department of Licensing;
  4. A renewed copy of your valid driver's license (with no restrictions due to driving offenses) will again be required at the start of your second year in the program;
  5. All General Education courses must be completed prior to the beginning of the 2nd year.

What Are The Minimum Entry Requirements?


These requirements are for the Certificate and are lower than those for the AAS-T degree. Please see the AAS-T Entry Page for AAS-T requirements.

  • Accuplacer Arithmetic score of 38 or a C grade in MATH 090 or ABE 050.
  • Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 71 or a C grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 71 or a C grade in ENGL 092.

What Are My Next Steps?


  1. Apply to BTC and Financial Aid
  2. Take the ACCUPLACER/Placement Test
  3. Attend an Advising & Registration Session
  4. Prepare to Attend

Program Outcomes

After successfully completing this program, students will be able to:

  • Comply with personal and environmental safety practices specific to the diesel industry.
  • Evaluate and apply technical information and testing procedures from a variety of sources to troubleshoot diesel equipment.
  • Maintain, diagnose, and repair the following systems: engine, electrical, hydraulic, drive train, brakes, and steering/suspension.
  • Communicate and document work performed using trade specific language and digital images.
  • Act responsibly and ethically as an employee by being punctual, adhering to company policies and interacting positively and appropriately with co-workers, supervisors and customers.
  • Apply research techniques to identify emerging heavy equipment technologies.

Thomas Sullivan - Instructor image

Thomas Sullivan

Area of Instruction


Diesel Technology

Degrees and Certifications


A.A., Agricultural Diesel Equipment, Northeastern Junior College

Certificate, ASE Master School Bus Technician

Certificate, WA Professional Technical Certification

Contact Info


360 752-8404
tsullivan@btc.edu
T Building (T) - Room T4


Diesel Hydraulics Preventative Maintenance & Electrical/Electronic Systems Certificate

If you’d like a high-paying career upon graduating from BTC, then you should consider Diesel. You’ll be prepared to work right away as a diesel technician, repairing and maintaining heavy trucks, buses, and road equipment like bulldozers and graders. Other positions you’d qualify for are diesel engine specialist, truck technician, marine technician, and construction and industrial machinery repair technician.

You will learn how to use leading-edge diesel technology, and work hands-on in an actual shop. Employers who hire graduates from the Diesel program include diesel automotive and trucking companies, rental companies, marine dealers, highway contractors, and farm and heavy equipment companies.

Employment Information

90% BTC graduate placement rate

$42,494 starting annual wage

$52,333 average annual wage

$62,920 potential annual wage

Employment and wage data sources


Gainful Employment

Program Costs, Financing, and Outcomes

Gainful Employment Information

Jobs & Employment

The need for diesel technicians is high. People who enter this field will find favorable opportunities, especially as the need to replace workers who retire increases over the next decade.

About 90% of BTC Diesel students are employed within nine months of graduation. The average annual income in this field is $52,333, with an earning potential of about $62,920 per year.*

Driving citations will restrict or prevent student participation in some lab activities, internships and employment in the diesel repair industry.

Potential Positions

Program graduates work as diesel technicians, repairing and maintaining the diesel engines that power transportation equipment, such as heavy trucks and buses. Other options include working on bulldozers, cranes, road graders, farm tractors, combines boat repair or service on a variety of diesel-powered electric generators, compressors, and pumps used in oil well drilling and irrigation systems.

Employers include diesel dealerships, diesel repair companies, diesel trucking companies, diesel marine dealers, farm equipment companies, and highway contractors. Potential positions include diesel engine specialist, truck technician, bus technician, construction and industrial machinery repair person, marine technician, ASE certified specialist, engine overhaul mechanic and service manager.

Courses

Use this tool to see this program's course offerings for upcoming quarters

Select Catalog     

Courses are from the 2018-19 Catalog

TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS46 credits

  • Quarter 1
  • TRANS 101Basic Transportation Service & Systems 1015 credits

    Basic Transportation is a hybrid class. A portion of the lecture component will be delivered through an on-line "textbook". Students will be introduced to basic automotive and diesel repair practices. Proper interaction with customers, shop managers and fellow employees will be emphasized. NOTE: Students are required to complete all General Education courses before entering DET 139, DET 240, DET 242.

    Notes:
    • This class must be taken concurrently with TRANS 102 and TRANS 103.
    Prerequisite:
    Instructor permission.

    Future Offerings
    9/18-10/11MTWTh12:00p-3:00pWALLACE POpenings: 8
    Register for this class
     MTWTh12:00p-3:00p
    Register for this class
    9/18-10/11MTWTh 8:00a-11:00aWALLACE POpenings: 10
    Register for this class
     MTWTh 8:00a-11:00a
    Register for this class
  • TRANS 102Basic Transportation Service & Systems 1025 credits

    Basic Transportation is a hybrid class. A portion of the lecture component will be delivered through an on-line "textbook". Students will begin to apply tool use and shop practices that are introduced in Basic Transportation 102. These practices will be demonstrated on shop and customer vehicles. NOTE: Students are required to complete all General Education courses before entering DET 139, DET 240, DET 242.

    Notes:
    • This class must be taken concurrently with TRANS 101 and TRANS 103.
    Prerequisite:
    ACCUPLACER Arithmetic score of 38 or MATH 090 with a C or better or ABE 050 with a C or better, and ACCUPLACER Reading Comprehension score of 71 or RDG 085 with a C or better, and ACCUPLACER Sentence Skills score of 71 or ENGL 092 with a C or better and a valid driver's license or Instructor permission.

    Future Offerings
    10/12-11/6MTWTh12:00p-3:00pWALLACE POpenings: 8
    Register for this class
     MTWTh12:00p-3:00p
    Register for this class
    10/12-11/6MTWTh 8:00a-11:00aWALLACE POpenings: 10
    Register for this class
     MTWTh 8:00a-11:00a
    Register for this class
  • TRANS 103Basic Transportation Service & Systems 1035 credits

    Basic Transportation is a hybrid class. A portion of the lecture component will be delivered through an on-line "textbook". Student will continue to implement the knowledge they have gained in Trans 101 and 102 to more advanced vehicle systems. Students at this point will have the basic knowledge of dealing with customer concerns, verifying their concerns and beginning to diagnose basic problems. NOTE: Students are required to complete all General Education courses before entering DET 139, DET 240, DET 242.

    Notes:
    • This class must be taken concurrently with TRANS 101 and TRANS 102.
    Prerequisite:
    ACCUPLACER Arithmetic score of 38 or MATH 090 with a C or better or ABE 050 with a C or better, and ACCUPLACER Reading Comprehension score of 71 or RDG 085 with a C or better, and ACCUPLACER Sentence Skills score of 71 or ENGL 092 with a C or better and a valid driver's license or Instructor permission.

    Future Offerings
    11/7-12/6MTWTh12:00p-3:00pWALLACE POpenings: 8
    Register for this class
    11/7-12/6MTWTh 8:00a-11:00aWALLACE POpenings: 10
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     MTWTh 8:00a-11:00a
    Register for this class
  • AENGL 100 *Applied English5 credits

    This applied English course focuses on the workplace communication skills needed to send, receive, and process oral and written information. Along with a review of writing fundamentals, learners will use principles of clear communication, professionalism, and cultural awareness in occupational contexts. Learners will sharpen their reading, writing, and presentation skills.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 71 or a C grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 71 or a C grade in ENGL 092.

    Future Offerings
    7/5-8/13Online DONNELLY ROpenings: 6
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    9/19-12/5MW 8:30a-9:50aBURNS JOpenings: 7
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    9/19-12/5MW 8:30a-9:50aHOFFMAN COpenings: 24
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    9/19-12/7MWF 2:10p-3:30pHOFFMAN COpenings: 12
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    9/18-12/6TTh 8:00a-10:10aSTAFFOpenings: 17
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    9/18-12/7Online NELSON NOpenings: 13
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    1/3-3/21TTh 6:00p-8:10pSTAFFOpenings: 26
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    1/3-3/21TTh10:30a-12:40pSTAFFOpenings: 26
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    1/4-3/22MWF 2:10p-3:30pSTAFFOpenings: 26
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    1/7-3/20MW10:10a-11:30aSTAFFOpenings: 24
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    1/3-3/21TTh 8:00a-10:10aSTAFFOpenings: 1
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    1/3Online STAFFOpenings: 24
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    1/3Online STAFFOpenings: 24
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  • AMATH 100 *Applied Occupational Math5 credits

    This course emphasizes mathematics used in the professional technical occupations. Students will learn mathematical skills in the following: fractions, decimals, percents, ratios & proportions, U.S. Customary Units and metric measurement systems, basic geometry and elementary algebra. The course will include relevent technical applications and the use of a calculator.

    Prerequisite:
    ACCUPLACER Arithmetic score of 38 or ABE 050 with a C or better or approved alternative placement criteria.

    Future Offerings
    7/5-8/13MTWTh 8:30a-10:50aNEWTON KOpenings: 21
    Register for this class
    7/5-8/13Online HEGEBERG LOpenings: 12
    Register for this class
    9/19-12/7MWF 8:30a-9:50aHEGEBERG LOpenings: 22
    Register for this class
    9/18-12/6TTh 6:00p-8:10pTHATCHER ROpenings: 18
    Register for this class
    9/19-12/5MW10:10a-11:30aNEWTON KOpenings: 20
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    9/18-12/6TTh 8:00a-10:10aNEWTON KOpenings: 9
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    9/18-12/6TTh10:30a-12:40pTHATCHER ROpenings: 21
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    9/18-12/7Online MOYLE VOpenings: 4
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    1/8-3/19TTh 1:10p-3:20pSTAFFOpenings: 24
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    1/3-3/21TTh 8:00a-10:10aSTAFFOpenings: 28
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    1/4-3/22MWF 2:10p-3:30pSTAFFOpenings: 28
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    1/3-3/22Online STAFFOpenings: 24
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  • Quarter 2
  • DET 116Electrical/Electronics II6 credits

    This course will address specific components and operational theory of batteries, including starting and charging, as utilized in modern medium/heavy duty vehicles. It will also address comprehension and use of wiring schematics and diagrams for the previously mentioned components, as well as removal and installation of maintenance items for starters and alternators.

    Prerequisite:
    TRANS 101, TRANS 102, TRANS 103 with a grade of C or better or Instructor permission.

    Future Offerings
    4/2-4/23MTWTh 7:30a-2:30pSULLIVAN TOpenings: 26
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  • DET 201Hydraulics9 credits

    This course will address the basic operation of hydraulic/pneumatic systems, with the emphasis on preventive maintenance and logical troubleshooting.

    Prerequisite:
    TRANS 101, TRANS 102, TRANS 103 with a grade of C (2.0) or better; or instructor permission

    Future Offerings
    4/24-5/30MTWTh 7:30a-2:00pSULLIVAN TOpenings: 26
    Register for this class
     MTWTh 7:30a-2:00p
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  • DET 208Preventive Maintenance6 credits

    This course covers how to set up a PM program, arrange PM scheduling, keep vital records, and winterize heavy duty vehicles. It also discusses when to place a vehicle out of service or deadline it.

    Prerequisite:
    TRANS 101, TRANS 102, TRANS 103 with a grade of C (2.0) or better; or instructor permission

    Future Offerings
    6/3-6/20MTWTh 7:30a-3:30pSULLIVAN TOpenings: 26
    Register for this class
     MTWTh 7:30a-3:30p
    Register for this class
TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS46 credits

* Minimum requirement. List of other Certificate or AAS General Education class options and alternatives

Entry Information

Check out the information below to learn how you can get started!

When Can I Start?


This program admits students once a year, in the fall quarter.

Prior to registration for the program, admitted students will be required to submit the following documentation:

  1. Copy of your valid Driver's License (with no restrictions due to driving offenses);
  2. Current complete 3-year driving record from Washington State DOL. This copy of your driving record will be kept on file for advising purposes only;
  3. Signed Industry Expectations form indicating that you understand program admissions requirements and industry hiring standards.

Important Program Notes:

  1. You are required to maintain a valid driver's license as long as you are enrolled in this program;
  2. Many employers, in this field, will only hire applicants who have a clean driving record;
  3. Driving records (abstracts) can be obtained for a fee. It is the responsibility of the applicant to pay for and order his/her driving records. You may obtain a copy of your current "Abstract of Driving Record" at your local Department of Licensing or by accessing the Washington State Department of Licensing;
  4. A renewed copy of your valid driver's license (with no restrictions due to driving offenses) will again be required at the start of your second year in the program;
  5. All General Education courses must be completed prior to the beginning of the 2nd year.

What Are The Minimum Entry Requirements?


These requirements are for the Certificate and are lower than those for the AAS-T degree. Please see the AAS-T Entry Page for AAS-T requirements.

  • Accuplacer Arithmetic score of 38 or a C grade in MATH 090 or ABE 050.
  • Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 71 or a C grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 71 or a C grade in ENGL 092.

What Are My Next Steps?


  1. Apply to BTC and Financial Aid
  2. Take the ACCUPLACER/Placement Test
  3. Attend an Advising & Registration Session
  4. Prepare to Attend

Program Outcomes

After successfully completing this program, students will be able to:

  • Comply with personal and environmental safety practices specific to the diesel industry.
  • Evaluate and apply technical information and testing procedures from a variety of sources to troubleshoot diesel equipment.
  • Maintain, diagnose, and repair the following systems: engine, electrical, hydraulic, drive train, brakes, and steering/suspension.
  • Communicate and document work performed using trade specific language and digital images.
  • Act responsibly and ethically as an employee by being punctual, adhering to company policies and interacting positively and appropriately with co-workers, supervisors and customers.
  • Apply research techniques to identify emerging heavy equipment technologies.

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Thomas Sullivan

Area of Instruction


Diesel Technology

Degrees and Certifications


A.A., Agricultural Diesel Equipment, Northeastern Junior College

Certificate, ASE Master School Bus Technician

Certificate, WA Professional Technical Certification

Contact Info


360 752-8404
tsullivan@btc.edu
T Building (T) - Room T4


Vehicle Service Technician Certificate

If you’d like a high-paying career upon graduating from BTC, then you should consider Diesel. You’ll be prepared to work right away as a diesel technician, repairing and maintaining heavy trucks, buses, and road equipment like bulldozers and graders. Other positions you’d qualify for are diesel engine specialist, truck technician, marine technician, and construction and industrial machinery repair technician.

You will learn how to use leading-edge diesel technology, and work hands-on in an actual shop. Employers who hire graduates from the Diesel program include diesel automotive and trucking companies, rental companies, marine dealers, highway contractors, and farm and heavy equipment companies.

Employment Information

90% BTC graduate placement rate

$32,656 starting annual wage

$43,763 average annual wage

$56,098 potential annual wage

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Gainful Employment

Program Costs, Financing, and Outcomes

Gainful Employment Information

Jobs & Employment

The need for diesel technicians is high. People who enter this field will find favorable opportunities, especially as the need to replace workers who retire increases over the next decade.

About 90% of BTC Diesel students are employed within nine months of graduation. The average annual income in this field is $43,763, with an earning potential of about $56,098 per year.*

Driving citations will restrict or prevent student participation in some lab activities, internships and employment in the diesel repair industry.

Potential Positions

Program graduates work as diesel technicians, repairing and maintaining the diesel engines that power transportation equipment, such as heavy trucks and buses. Other options include working on bulldozers, cranes, road graders, farm tractors, combines boat repair or service on a variety of diesel-powered electric generators, compressors, and pumps used in oil well drilling and irrigation systems.

Employers include diesel dealerships, diesel repair companies, diesel trucking companies, diesel marine dealers, farm equipment companies, and highway contractors. Potential positions include diesel engine specialist, truck technician, bus technician, construction and industrial machinery repair person, marine technician, ASE certified specialist, engine overhaul mechanic and service manager.

Courses

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Courses are from the 2018-19 Catalog

TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS15 credits

  • Quarter 1
  • TRANS 101Basic Transportation Service & Systems 1015 credits

    Basic Transportation is a hybrid class. A portion of the lecture component will be delivered through an on-line "textbook". Students will be introduced to basic automotive and diesel repair practices. Proper interaction with customers, shop managers and fellow employees will be emphasized. NOTE: Students are required to complete all General Education courses before entering DET 139, DET 240, DET 242.

    Notes:
    • This class must be taken concurrently with TRANS 102 and TRANS 103.
    Prerequisite:
    Instructor permission.

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  • TRANS 102Basic Transportation Service & Systems 1025 credits

    Basic Transportation is a hybrid class. A portion of the lecture component will be delivered through an on-line "textbook". Students will begin to apply tool use and shop practices that are introduced in Basic Transportation 102. These practices will be demonstrated on shop and customer vehicles. NOTE: Students are required to complete all General Education courses before entering DET 139, DET 240, DET 242.

    Notes:
    • This class must be taken concurrently with TRANS 101 and TRANS 103.
    Prerequisite:
    ACCUPLACER Arithmetic score of 38 or MATH 090 with a C or better or ABE 050 with a C or better, and ACCUPLACER Reading Comprehension score of 71 or RDG 085 with a C or better, and ACCUPLACER Sentence Skills score of 71 or ENGL 092 with a C or better and a valid driver's license or Instructor permission.

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  • TRANS 103Basic Transportation Service & Systems 1035 credits

    Basic Transportation is a hybrid class. A portion of the lecture component will be delivered through an on-line "textbook". Student will continue to implement the knowledge they have gained in Trans 101 and 102 to more advanced vehicle systems. Students at this point will have the basic knowledge of dealing with customer concerns, verifying their concerns and beginning to diagnose basic problems. NOTE: Students are required to complete all General Education courses before entering DET 139, DET 240, DET 242.

    Notes:
    • This class must be taken concurrently with TRANS 101 and TRANS 102.
    Prerequisite:
    ACCUPLACER Arithmetic score of 38 or MATH 090 with a C or better or ABE 050 with a C or better, and ACCUPLACER Reading Comprehension score of 71 or RDG 085 with a C or better, and ACCUPLACER Sentence Skills score of 71 or ENGL 092 with a C or better and a valid driver's license or Instructor permission.

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TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS15 credits

Entry Information

Check out the information below to learn how you can get started!

When Can I Start?


This program admits students once a year, in the fall quarter.

Prior to registration for the program, admitted students will be required to submit the following documentation:

  1. Copy of your valid Driver's License (with no restrictions due to driving offenses);
  2. Current complete 3-year driving record from Washington State DOL. This copy of your driving record will be kept on file for advising purposes only;
  3. Signed Industry Expectations form indicating that you understand program admissions requirements and industry hiring standards.

Important Program Notes:

  1. You are required to maintain a valid driver's license as long as you are enrolled in this program;
  2. Many employers, in this field, will only hire applicants who have a clean driving record;
  3. Driving records (abstracts) can be obtained for a fee. It is the responsibility of the applicant to pay for and order his/her driving records. You may obtain a copy of your current "Abstract of Driving Record" at your local Department of Licensing or by accessing the Washington State Department of Licensing;
  4. A renewed copy of your valid driver's license (with no restrictions due to driving offenses) will again be required at the start of your second year in the program;
  5. All General Education courses must be completed prior to the beginning of the 2nd year.

What Are The Minimum Entry Requirements?


These requirements are for the Certificate and are lower than those for the AAS-T degree. Please see the AAS-T Entry Page for AAS-T requirements.

  • Accuplacer Arithmetic score of 38 or a C grade in MATH 090 or ABE 050.
  • Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 71 or a C grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 71 or a C grade in ENGL 092.

What Are My Next Steps?


  1. Apply to BTC and Financial Aid
  2. Take the ACCUPLACER/Placement Test
  3. Attend an Advising & Registration Session
  4. Prepare to Attend

Program Outcomes

After successfully completing this program, students will be able to:

  • Comply with personal and environmental safety practices specific to the diesel industry.
  • Evaluate and apply technical information and testing procedures from a variety of sources to troubleshoot diesel equipment.
  • Maintain, diagnose, and repair the following systems: engine, electrical, hydraulic, drive train, brakes, and steering/suspension.
  • Communicate and document work performed using trade specific language and digital images.
  • Act responsibly and ethically as an employee by being punctual, adhering to company policies and interacting positively and appropriately with co-workers, supervisors and customers.
  • Apply research techniques to identify emerging heavy equipment technologies.

Thomas Sullivan - Instructor image

Thomas Sullivan

Area of Instruction


Diesel Technology

Degrees and Certifications


A.A., Agricultural Diesel Equipment, Northeastern Junior College

Certificate, ASE Master School Bus Technician

Certificate, WA Professional Technical Certification

Contact Info


360 752-8404
tsullivan@btc.edu
T Building (T) - Room T4