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2021-22 BTC Catalog 
2021-22 BTC 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 the Diesel Technology Program. 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

After successfully completing this program, students will be able to:

  • Comply with personal and environmental safety practices specific to the diesel industry.
  • Evaluate and apply technical information and testing procedures from a variety of sources to troubleshoot diesel equipment.
  • Maintain and repair the following systems: engine, electrical, hydraulic, drive train, brakes, and steering/suspension.
  • Communicate and document work performed using trade specific language and digital images.
  • Act responsibly and ethically as an employee by being punctual, adhering to company policies and interacting positively and appropriately with co-workers, supervisors and customers. 
  • Apply research techniques to identify emerging heavy equipment technologies.

Placement Requirements

Admissions application and assessment testing in Reading, Math, and Sentence Skills are required. Your score on the test and/or your previous transcripts will determine where you begin your course sequence. Contact Admissions at 360.752.8345 or at admissions@btc.edu for assistance with academic planning.

Additional Requirements

Prior to registering for program classes, students are required to submit the following documentation to the Admissions Office:

  1. Copy of your valid Driver’s License (with no restrictions due to driving offenses);
  2. Current complete 3-year driving record from Washington State DOL This copy of your driving record will be kept on file for advising purposes only;
  3. Signed Industry Expectations form indicating that you understand program admissions requirements and industry hiring standards.

Important Program Notes:

  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 www.dol.wa.gov 
  4. 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;
  5. All General Education courses must be completed prior to the beginning of the 2nd year.

Degree and Certificate Requirements

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


    Associate of Applied Science
    Associate of Applied Science - Transfer

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