Curriculum & Outcomes

Diesel & Heavy Equipment Technician

Diesel & Heavy Equipment Technician 

Associate of Applied Science Degree

117 Credits

Program Mission: Diesel & 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 & 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 & 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 technical 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 discuss sequencing and work out their individual schedule with a counselor or advisor. Any developmental coursework a student may be required to complete may increase the program length.

ACADEMIC PLAN

Admission Dates: Summer, Fall, Winter, Spring

Program Requirements

TRAN 110 Computer Basics/ Transportation Trades 2
TRAN 112 Shop & Business Practices 5
TRAN 113 Basic Electrical Systems 4
TRAN 125 Mechanical Principles 5
DHET 122 Welding Applications 4
DHET 123 Heavy Duty Electrical Systems 4
DHET 124 Electronic Applications 4
DHET 125 Basic Maintenance 3
DHET 131 Engine Principles/Components 3
DHET 132 Gasoline/Liquid Propane Gas Systems 3
DHET 133 Diesel Systems 3
DHET 134 Fuel Injection 3
DHET 135 Diagnostics/Adjustments/Emissions 3
DHET 211 Hydraulic Fluid Power I 6
DHET 213 Hydraulic Fluid Power II 6
DHET 214 Diesel Mechanical Practices 3
DHET 221 Power Trains/Standard 6
DHET 222 Power Trains/Power Shift 6
DHET 223 Traction & Components 3
DHET 231 Steering/Suspension/Frames 5
DHET 232 Pneumatics 5
DHET 233 Foundation Brakes 5
IFAD First Aid Elective* 1
CWEX 190 Cooperative Work Experience Seminar 1
CWEX 197 Cooperative Work Experience 4

FIRST AID ELECTIVE – 1 credit
*First Aid Elective may be taken from any IFAD courses(s)

Academic Core Requirements - 20 Credits

Written Communication 5
Humanities 5
Quantitative Reasoning 5
Social Science 5
Total Program Credits117

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

Diesel & Heavy Equipment Technician

Diesel & Heavy Equipment Technician

Certificate of Proficiency

89 Credits

Diesel & Heavy Equipment Technician certificate students learn how to identify problems and perform maintenance on various vehicle components including fuel, cooling, electrical, hydraulic, brake, suspension, and drive-train systems in the trucking and heavy equipment industry. Students will spend their first term of 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 & Heavy Equipment Technician certificate graduates will:

  • Be prepared to obtain an entry-level maintenance technician position in their field
  • Perform maintenance tasks  on various diesel vehicles, vehicle components and equipment
  • 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 critical thinking, teamwork, communication, intercultural appreciation , and technical and information literacy skills

Lake Washington Institute of Technology does not offer every course each quarter.  It is the student's responsibility to discuss sequencing and work out their individual schedule with a counselor or advisor. Any developmental coursework a student may be required to complete may increase the program length.

ACADEMIC PLAN

Admission Dates: Summer, Fall, Winter, Spring

Program Requirements

TRAN 110 Computer Basics/ Transportation Trades 2
TRAN 112 Shop & Business Practices 5
TRAN 113 Basic Electrical Systems 4
TRAN 125 Mechanical Principles 5
DHET 122 Welding Applications 4
DHET 123 Heavy Duty Electrical Systems 4
DHET 124 Electronic Applications 4
DHET 125 Basic Maintenance 3
DHET 131 Engine Principles/Components 3
DHET 132 Gasoline/Liquid Propane Gas Systems 3
DHET 134 Fuel Injection 3
DHET 211 Hydraulic Fluid Power I 6
DHET 214 Diesel Mechanical Practices 3
DHET 221 Power Trains/Standard 6
DHET 223 Traction & Components 3
DHET 231 Steering/Suspension/Frames 5
DHET 232 Pneumatics 5
DHET 233 Foundation Brakes 5
CWEX 197 Cooperative Work Experience 1

Academic Core Requirements - 15 Credits

Written Communication 5
Quantitative Reasoning 5
Social Science 5
Total Program Credits89

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