Lake Washington Institute of Technology’s Diesel Program Receives Career Launch Endorsement


Leslie ShattuckExecutive Director/Executive Communications Officer(425) 739-8236

Kirkland, WA. - Lake Washington Institute of Technology’s (LWTech) associate of applied science degree in Diesel and Heavy Equipment Technician (DHET) has been approved as an endorsed Career Launch Program by Career Connect Washington.

“This is a great endorsement as it recognizes that LWTech’s DHET program is ‘designed to position young adults to enter promising careers.’ Even in uncertain economic times, there will always be a demand for highly skilled heavy duty equipment and diesel technicians,” said Dr. Amy Morrison, president of LWTech. “We believe creating direct pathways from college directly into the workplace will create a stronger economy.”

Academic programs that apply for this endorsement are evaluated by the Career Launch Endorsement Committee (CLER). To be endorsed, a program is required to provide meaningful, high-quality on the job experience, aligned classroom learning, placement of graduates into a competitive candidate position, and have valuable credentials (beyond a high school diploma).

“Since 2019, only 28 programs have been endorsed in the state”, said Maud Daudon, Executive Leader of Career Connect Washington. “Programs endorsed as Career Launch are at the highest level on the career connected learning continuum, as outlined by Career Connect Washington.”

LWTech’s DHET program will be endorsed for the next three years, and be eligible for additional funding to purchase more classroom equipment to support more students in the program.

Students in the Diesel & Heavy Equipment Technician (DHET) program learn 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. LWTech’s DHET program prepares students for lifelong learning and skill development, helps students realize their potential to be successful at their careers and improves our community, economy and environment.

If you are interested in learning more about LWTech’s Diesel and Heavy Equipment program, visit

About Lake Washington Institute of Technology

Lake Washington Institute of Technology (LWTech) was founded in 1949, and is the only public institute of technology in the state of Washington. LWTech offers 11 applied bachelor's degrees, 41 associate degrees, and 83 professional certificates in 41 areas of study, including STEM-focused programs in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.