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Diesel and Heavy Equipment Technician, AAS

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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 communication, critical thinking, cultural humility, information literacy, and teamwork skills
  • meet Humanities , Quantitative Reasoning , Social Science , and Written Communication  general education 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 advisor. 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 in sequential order.

ENGL 93  and MATH 87  or AHSE 66  must be taken prior to any DHET course. Placement into ENGL 99  or higher and MATH 98  or higher meets this requirement.

Students must have a valid Washington State driver’s license to enroll in this program.

General Education Requirements - 20 Credits

Diversity and Social Justice Requirement

Within the degree requirements, students must complete a 3-5 credit course that meets the college’s Diversity and Social Justice (DSJ) requirement. DSJ courses are designated in the college schedule and are designed to meet other general education or technical requirements simultaneous to meeting the DSJ requirement (e.g., ENGL& 101 with the DSJ attribute meets both the ENGL& 101 requirement and the DSJ requirement).

Note: Not all sections of a course meet the DSJ requirement. Students should review the class information to ensure the class section includes “course attributes: meets diversity requirement.”

Visit the DSJ requirement webpage to view the current list of general education and technical courses that meet the requirement.

Students who have taken a DSJ class in a previous certificate or degree, do not have to take another DSJ class.

Total Program Credits: 120

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