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Diesel/Heavy Duty Equipment

If you are a problem solver who likes doing vehicle repairs, then think about a career as a diesel and heavy-duty equipment mechanic.

In this program, you’ll receive in-depth technical training on a wide range of heavy-duty vehicles and equipment. You’ll learn to troubleshoot problems, operate repair and diagnostic equipment, weld and perform other job duties. The program combines classroom instruction with hands-on practice working on industry-standard equipment in spacious, modern shops.

With this degree, you could find job opportunities in the fields of heavy construction, mining, logging, agriculture and trucking. Graduates from this program have gone on to work in Alaska, Hawaii and throughout the West.

  1. Understand construction, function and fundamentals of heavy duty vehicle components.
  2. Diagnose mechanical and performance problems.
  3. Make decisions as to disposition of worn parts (usable, recondition or replace).
  4. Operate precision repair and diagnostic equipment (including electrical and diesel fuel systems).
  5. Weld (arc, acetylene, and wire feed).
  6. Read and interpret repair manuals.
  7. Appreciate the importance of good public relations with customers, employer and fellow employees.
  8. Understand basic shop operation.
  9. Utilize the theory of overhead and labor cost in relationship to profit.
  10. Comprehend the concept of apprenticeship and how it functions.

Diesel/Heavy Duty mechanics repair and maintain trucks, busses, logging, mining, agricultural and construction equipment.  In addition, they maintain and repair diesel and gasoline engines, compressors and pumps.

Students may enter the program any quarter.
 

Breaking Ground on Your Pathway


Placement

Math placement is not required for this program.
English placement is not required for this program.

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Total Program Credits: 114


Program Courses

First Quarter

Course ID
Course Title
Credits
APLED121
Applied Written Communication   1
4
HEQ 111
Basic Electrical Theory  
7
HEQ 112
Basic Electrical Applications  
9
Total Credits
 
20

Second Quarter

Course ID
Course Title
Credits
APLED112
Applied Mathematics   1
4
HEQ 121
Basic Principles of Engine Theory  
7
HEQ 122
Basic Engine Applications  
9
Total Credits
 
20

Third Quarter

Course ID
Course Title
Credits
APLED123
Leadership Skills for Business and Industry   1
4
HEQ 131
Principles of Power Train Theory  
7
HEQ 132
Power Train Applications  
9
Total Credits
 
20

Fourth Quarter

Course ID
Course Title
Credits
HEQ 241
Heavy Equipment Hydraulic Theory  
7
HEQ 242
Heavy Duty Equipment Hydraulic Application  
9
WELD 151
HEQ Welding I  
3
Total Credits
 
19

Fifth Quarter

Course ID
Course Title
Credits
HEQ 251
Practical Shop Procedures  
7
HEQ 252
Practical Shop  
9
WELD 152
HEQ Welding II  
3
Total Credits
 
19

Sixth Quarter

Course ID
Course Title
Credits
HEQ 261
Practical Shop Procedures   2
7
HEQ 262
Practical Shop   2
6
HEQ 294
Special Problems   3
3
Total Credits
 
16

1 This related education requirement may be met by any course or combination of courses approved by the instructional dean.
2 2 credits of HEQ 266 and 11 credits of HEQ 267 may be substituted for HEQ 261 and 262. (This option requires HEQ department approval)
3 3 credits of HEQ 291, 292 and 293 may be substituted for HEQ 294. (This option requires HEQ department approval).

Estimated costs for completing this program

 
WA Resident
Non-Resident
International
Tuition
$ 10,371
$ 12,262
$ 22,642
Books
$ 702
$ 702
$ 702
Course Fees
$ 1,614
$ 1,614
$ 1,614
Institutional Fees
$ 3,212
$ 3,212
$ 3,212
Total Costs
$ 15,898
$ 17,789
$ 28,169

Costs for completing a degree or certificate can vary. For more information about costs, visit our How Much Does it Cost? page.