Diesel & Heavy Equipment TechnologyCertificate
The Diesel & Heavy Equipment Technician Certificate program prepares students with the skills required to maintain everything from trucks and tractors to ferries and forklifts. Our ASE-based curriculum is certified to the latest in NATEF standards, and will prepare you for all aspects of diesel and heavy equipment repair. Advanced standing may be granted for work experience and/or related training. Students are responsible for obtaining required tools before instruction begins.
The certificate program can be completed in six quarters.
Estimated Length of Completion
|Certificate||Full Time: 3
Part Time: Part Time Option Not Available
Program lengths are estimates, not guarantees. For the most current program information, please check with the program contact.
Students must meet with an advisor for entry into this program. A placement test is required to ensure language and computational skills are sufficient for program success.
Students are strongly encouraged to meet with an advisor to discuss specific career goals and recommended coursework.
- Agriculture Diesel Engine Technician
- Bus and Truck Mechanic and Diesel Engine Specialist
- Commercial Shipping Diesel Engine Technician
- Construction Industry Diesel Engine Technician
- Forestry & Logging Diesel Engine Technician
- Freight Rail Diesel Engine Technician
- Marine Vehicle & Equipment Dealership Diesel Engine Technician
- Transportation/Commercial Trucking Diesel Engine Technician
- Truck & Heavy Equipment Dealership Diesel Engine Technician
- Waste Management Diesel Engine Technician
For current employment and wage estimates, please visit the following online resources and search for the relevant occupational term:
All costs are estimates and are not guarantees. For the most current program information, check with an adviser by calling 206.934.5391. There are additional costs for books and supplies. Each student is responsible for the purchase of certain supplies and required tools before the instruction begins.
- Resident Cost : $8,355.60
- NonResident Cost : $9,451.44
- International Student Cost : $21,536.64
Equipment Fee associated with this program
Quarter Start Dates: Diesel & Heavy Equipment Technology classes begin in Fall.
Students may still enroll in the program during other quarters to begin their related academic classes (Not required if a student has already completed these classes. Students must provide an official transcript.).
Class Times: Check the online class schedule. Students will meet during the class timeframe listed, however in order to maintain safe distances in on-site labs students will be grouped and have specified times on campus. Please check with your instructor for more information.
Other related academic classes are required that meet outside of these class times. These classes can be completed online and/or in-person depending on availability. Check with an advisor regarding when to take related academic classes.
Introduction to Computing for Technical Programs
This course focuses on introducing students to keyboarding, word processing, spreadsheet applications, email, graphic presentations and performing Internet research. Students will also practice effective communication skills and become familiar with industry specific software. Prereqs: Compass W65, R75, PA28. Coreqs: MVM 101, MAT 110, HDM 171.
Preventive Maintenance and Inspection
This course focuses on skills required by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) including safety procedures compliant with OSHA regulations, hand tools, power tools, measuring tools, and equipment used in the repair of both trucks and equipment in the heavy duty diesel mechanic industry. Inspection and maintenance are also a major part of this course. Prereqs: MVM 101, BUS 159, HDM 171, MAT 110. Coreq: HDM 105.
Heavy Duty Diesel Welding
This course focuses on skills required by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) including safety in welding, oxy-acetylene welding, oxy-acetylene brazing, oxy-acetylene cutting, arc welding as well as MIG welding. Identifythe type of welding process to be used when joining various types of metals in different situations. Prereqs: MVM 101, BUS 159, MAT 110. Coreq: HDM 100.
Introduction to Electrical
This course introduces students to skills necessary for the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) certification including electrical theory, diagnosing electrical system problems, removal, repair and installation of electrical components from vehicles. The function and construction of each component, diagnosis and service procedures will be covered. Prereqs: MVM 101, BUS 159, HDM 171, MAT 110 with a 2.0 or higher or by instructor permission. Coreq: HDM 115.
Building on the introductory course, students will focus independently on electrical theory, data scan tools, and diagnosing electrical and electronic system problems including truck accessories necessary for NATEF certification. The function and construction of each component, and diagnosis and service procedures will be covered. Prereqs: MVM 101, BUS 159, HDM 171, MAT 110 with a 2.0 or higher or by instructor permission. Coreq: HDM 110.
Tires, Alignment, Steering and Suspension
This course will cover diagnostic theory, systems problems and evaluations, removal, repair and installation of tires, alignment, steering and suspension components of heavy duty diesel vehicles to meet NATEF certification. Prereqs: MVM 101, BUS 159, HDM 171, MAT 110 with a 2.0 or higher or by instructor permission. Coreq: HDM 125.
Hydraulic and Air Brakes
Contents of this course include: diagnostic theory; systems problems and evaluation, removal, repair and installation of hydraulic, air brake and ABS components from vehicles to meet NATEF certification. The function and construction of each component, and their diagnosis and service procedures will be covered. Prereqs: MVM 101, BUS 159, HDM 171, MAT 110 with a 2.0 or higher or by instructor permission. Coreq: HDM 120.
Lift Truck Operator
A course to obtain a lift truck operator's safety certification card. Student will learn current regulations as well as demonstrating practical fork lift operation.
Introduction to Motor Vehicle Maint Technology I
This introductory course covers safety and Material Safety Data (MSD); tools and equipment;gathering vehicle maintenance information; repair orders, repair manuals, parts and time estimating guides; component identification; component theory and fasteners. Prereqs: Compass scores. Coreqs: HDM 171, MAT 110, BUS 159.
Admission via passing testing requirement / permission only.
Covers skills and strategies needed to meet writing demands in college and on the job. Prereq: Satisfactory performance on English placement test. Fee(s) and meeting dates dependent on section choice, read http://sites.southseattle.edu/online/welcome-letter and email instructor. Find your instructor's email at: http://www.seattlecolleges.com/DISTRICT/employeedirectory/directorysearch.aspx
Applied Math for Technicians
Emphasis on applications of mathematics to vocational and technical courses. Prereq: Satisfactory performance on Math placement test. Section 70 online fee, section 77 hybrid fee, contact instructor and read sites.google.com/southseattle.edu/eLearning/welcome-letter Find your instructor's email at: people.seattlecolleges.edu
Psychology of Human Relations
Covers dynamics of workplace organizations. Theory and concepts include major topics: communication, conflict, leadership, group process, ethics and management. Primarily for vocational students. Section 70 online fee, contact instructor and read http://sites.southseattle.edu/online/welcome-letter Find your instructor's email at: http://www.seattlecolleges.com/district/employeedirectory/directorysearch.aspx PREREQ: ENGL 105; ASSET: 43 W, 43 R; COMPASS: 68 W, 81 R