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Diesel and Heavy Equipment

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Students exploring parts of four stroke engines
Setting the timing on a big diesel engine.

The South Seattle College Diesel and Heavy Equipment Technology program trains students in all aspects of diesel and heavy equipment repair. Technicians are likely to:

  • Repair and maintain trucks, buses, construction equipment, ships, trains, generators, tractors, power equipment and farm machinery
  • Use laptop computers and scan tools to access fault codes and make accurate diagnosis of the problem. Technicians frequently use electrical multimeters, pressure gauges and flow meters to find the cause of mechanical failures. They replace worn and defective parts and they test equipment prior to its returning to service.
  • Work indoors, but occasionally work outside if a vehicle needs repair on the road or at a job site. Most shops are well lighted, heated and ventilated.
  • Move and lift tools and parts. May occasionally experience minor cuts and bruises, however, with proper safety training and practices the possibility of serious injury is alleviated.
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Students and graduates of the Diesel and Heavy Duty Equipment Program at South continue to be successful in securing employment in the industry. (Employment information and completion rates for our programs are available at the Jobs Training Results website

Career options for graduates of the Diesel and Heavy Equipment Technology program include:

• Fleet shops
• Independent repair shops
• Leasing companies
• Municipal maintenance shops

• Railroads
• Shipyards
• RV dealers
• Marine dealers

• Logging industry
• Transit companies
• Container shipping industry
• Transport refrigeration industry

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Program Information

The revised program curriculum offers up-to-date training through classroom lectures and laboratory experiences. The program is designed so that students may complete a prescribed sequence of training, earn a certificate then enter employment or continue for completion of the Associate of Applied Science Degree.

Degree Options

Official Course Outlines

Class Schedules

Degree Planning Sheet (PDF)

Program Outcomes and Student Learning Outcomes (PDF)

Gainful Employment

* Not every course is taught every quarter. By adhering to the suggested schedule and meeting course requirements, students should be able to complete the programs as outlined.

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Contact Information

Jesse Ruiz, Heavy Duty Diesel Instructor
South Seattle College
6000 16th Avenue S.W.
Seattle, Wa 98106-1499

Questions? Please call Tech Ed at 206-934-5391.

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