Program Description:

The Diesel Technology program is a two-year program designed to prepare students, both male and female, for entry-level positions in the heavy equipment industry or to prepare them in furthering their education/training.

Students enrolled in the Diesel Technology program will learn operation theory, maintenance and repair of large trucks and off-road equipment. The systems studied will include electrical, hydraulic, engines, air systems, brakes, and preventative maintenance. Emphasis is placed on the safe operation of hand and power tools, overhead crane, and forklift trucks.

After acquiring the fundamental skills of the trade, students will perform maintenance and repairs on heavy equipment and trucks.

Along with technical material, this program will include units on leadership, communication skills, goal setting, problem solving, conflict resolution, and responsible decision-making.

Program Benefits:

  • 3 High School credits

  • High School credit equivalencies. A current list is available at cascadiatechnicalacademy.org/high-school-credit-equivalencies. See your sending school counselor for eligibility.

  • Competency Certificate

  • Entry level job skills

  • Preparation for next level of education/training

  • Successful completion of the program, with a grade of “B” or higher, may result in college credits

Industry Certification Available:

  • Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) test.

  • S/P2 Heavy-Duty/Diesel Technology Pollution Prevention

  • WA State Precision 21st Century Skills Certification

Diesel Technology I:

  • Reading proficiency at 11th grade level

  • Must have successfully completed Algebra 1 or Integrated Math 1

  • Excellent high school attendance record

  • Must provide own health insurance to participate in internships

  • Must provide own transportation to internship site and provide current car insurance

Diesel Technology II:

  • Must pass 1st year program with a B grade or better to qualify for 2nd year; limited space available

  • Must provide own health insurance to participate in internships

  • Must provide own transportation to internship site and provide current car insurance

Courses in Small Gas Engines, Principles of Technology and Physics are recommended.

  • Employment in industry is dependent upon clean driving record, drug test, and background check; may affect ability to be placed on internship.

  • Upon acceptance into the program, student and parent/guardian are required to attend the orientation at Cascadia Tech Academy.

Skills USA

Lab Time/Theory Time:
Approximately 40 percent of the time will be devoted to theory and 60 percent to lab

Average of 2 hours per week

Textbook Reading Level:
Theory material 11th grade

Career Opportunities:

  • Transportation Industry

  • Agriculture Machinery

  • Logging Machinery

  • Heavy Equipment Operator

  • Diesel Technician

  • Sales/Parts

  • Service Management

  • Fleet Management

  • Service Writer

Credit Equivalencies and College Credit:
Click here to learn more about credit equivalencies.
Click here to learn more about the articulation agreements and college credits available for each program.

Program Supply List / Student Costs:

CTA programs require that uniforms, supplies, and other program specific related items be purchased prior to the first day of school.  To access the list for this program’s uniform, supply and other program related costs please click here.

Note: It is recommended that all students attending Cascadia Technical Academy have medical insurance. Family medical insurance or student accident insurance is required for students participating in internships or clinicals.  Student accident insurance is available through the sending high school.

If you have concerns regarding these expenses, please see Melissa Downing. There are funds available for qualifying students. Ms. Downing can be reached at 360-604-1062 or at Melissa.Downing@evergreenps.org. Ms. Downing is available during the school year when school is in session.