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Lake Washington Institute of Technology    
 
    
 
  Oct 16, 2017
 
Catalog 2017-2018

Diesel and Heavy Equipment Technician, AAS


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116.5 CREDITS

Program Admission Dates: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

Program Mission: Diesel and Heavy Equipment Technician AAS degree educates and mentors students in the latest technology, equipment, ideals, and fuel systems that power the diesel and heavy equipment industry today and in the future both close to home and at locations worldwide. It prepares students for lifelong learning and skill development, help students realize their potential to be successful at their careers and improve our community, economy and environment.

Diesel and Heavy Equipment Technician AAS degree students learn how to diagnose problems and perform repairs on various vehicle components including engines, fuel, cooling, electrical, electronic, hydraulic, brake, suspension, undercarriage, power-shift and drive-train systems in the trucking and heavy equipment industry. Students will spend their first term training in a transportation core curriculum. The laboratory area simulates an industry environment. Students who have met the course objectives may be placed in a cooperative work experience to further develop their skills on the job.

Diesel and Heavy Equipment Technician AAS degree graduates will:

  • be prepared to obtain an entry-level repair technician position in their field
  • perform repairs on various diesel vehicles, vehicle components and equipment
  • develop lifelong educational and employment goals
  • establish an appreciation for life-long learning
  • be prepared to succeed on the ASE certification and OEM certification exams
  • meet minimum competency in eight categories identified as essential for employability: adherence to policy and procedure, technical knowledge, skill application, work planning, quality of work, quantity of work, interpersonal skills, oral and written communication
  • demonstrate advanced skills in: diagnostics, repair and maintenance, electronics, hydraulics, power train, engines, pneumatics, undercarriage, brakes and welding.
  • demonstrate critical thinking, teamwork, communication, intercultural appreciation, and information literacy skills
  • meet Social Science, Humanities, Written Communication, and Quantitative Reasoning distribution area outcomes

Lake Washington Institute of Technology does not offer every course each quarter. It is the student’s responsibility to consult the Class Schedule and work out an individual schedule with an adviser or counselor. Any developmental coursework a student may be required to complete may increase the program length.

Program Requirements


Annual Course Sequence

The classes listed below are offered on a five quarter rotation and are not sequential after the required first quarter; a student may start any quarter and should take the program classes in blocks as listed below.

TRAN 110 , TRAN 112 , TRAN 113 , and TRAN 125  must be taken in the first term.

CWEX Cooperative Work Experience may be completed in the last 3 quarters of training by instructor permission only.

Academic Core Requirements - 20 Credits


  • Written Communication 5 credits
  • Humanities 5 credits
  • Quantitative Reasoning 5 credits
  • Social Science 5 credits

Total Program Credits: 116.5


See Academic Core Requirements  for a list of all applicable courses for each of the categories listed above.

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