Dec 01, 2020  
2016-2017 Bellingham Technical College Catalog 
2016-2017 Bellingham Technical College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Diesel Technology

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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

Program Outcomes

  • Graduates will be able to use appropriate clothing and protective gear and practice ergonomically correct strategies/technologies to safeguard against injuries in the workplace.
  • Graduates will be able to attain an in-depth knowledge of the medium/heavy truck repair industry leading to ASE or other industry certification.
  • Graduates will be able to research and utilize vehicle repair information including, but not limited to internet searches, manufacturer specific, common generic service and repair manuals (to include the most widely used print styles and software formats); in the classroom, in the workplace, in libraries and other methods as required, to perform vehicle repairs in a professional and timely manner utilizing information resources available.

Program Entry Information

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

Program Start

  • In addition to submitting an application, Diesel Technology students must complete the admissions completion form and provide the following:

- Copy of your valid Driver’s License (with no restrictions due to driving offenses);
- Current complete 3-year driving record from Washington State DOL (this must be obtained within the week prior to submitting the admissions completion form). This copy of your driving record will be kept on file for advising purposes only;
- Signed statement indicating that you understand program admissions requirements and industry hiring standards;
- 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.

  • Please Note:
    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 on the web at
  • All General Education courses must be completed prior to the beginning of the 2nd year.

Testing 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 50 or a C grade in MATHMATH 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  .

Degree and Certificate Requirements

Diesel Technology Degree and Certificate completion requires a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or greater and minimum grade of C/2.0 for required courses.


    Associate of Applied Science
    Associate of Applied Science - Transfer

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