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Why Choose WWCC for Diesel Technology?

Diesel-powered vehicles are essential to industries like farming, construction, logging, mining, trucking and more. At WWCC, you can learn how to service and repair medium- to heavy-duty vehicles. You’ll learn through both classroom and hands-on training in WWCC’s diesel mechanics labs. And you can even complete a work experience that will build your real-world know-how. WWCC’s program is certified by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF). And it is led by Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) master certified instructors. So you can be confident you’re getting the very best.

Careers in Diesel Technology

Big Vehicles Demand Big Talent

If you have the skills to work on diesel engines, there are good jobs out there for you. You’ll know how to repair and maintain heavy trucks, buses, cranes, bulldozers, tractors, combines and more. That means you could work for a repair shop — or for a company that maintains its own fleet. You could work on vehicles used in trucking, construction, logging, mining or farming. And you’ll spend your days in hands-on work that’s fun and challenging.

Certificates & Degrees in Diesel Technology

After your first year in the Diesel Technology program, you’ll earn a certificate that shows you’ve mastered the basics of diesel repair. After two years, you can walk away with an associate degree showing you’ve had even more advanced training. And if you stick around for a third year, you can earn a dual degree in Automotive Repair Technology.

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Diesel Technology Program Details

Entrance Requirements

It is recommended that the student contact the lead instructor regarding appropriate program placement. Students may enter the program in fall quarter. In order to start this program, the placement process, including a mechanical reasoning test, must be completed through the Testing Center. Visit for more information.

Program Outcomes

  • Understand the construction, function, and general service of all major equipment components.
  • Diagnose mechanical malfunctions and performance problems.
  • Make decisions as to disposition of worn parts (i.e. usable as is; should be reconditioned or replaced).
  • Operate precision diagnostic and repair equipment.
  • Read and interpret repair manuals.
  • Understand the importance of good public relations with customers, employer, and fellow employees.
  • Understand basic shop operation.
  • Be cognizant of overhead and labor cost in relationship to profit.
  • Understand apprenticeship and how it functions.
  • Be informed on methods of seeking employment.

Scholarship Opportunities

At WWCC, we’ll help you find scholarships that may be open to you. Scholarships provide money for school that you don’t have to pay back. They can be used for things like tuition, books, tools and fees. They come from sources like the WWCC Foundation, local businesses and private funds. Some

WWCC programs also have scholarships for students working toward a certain certificate or degree. You might qualify based on good grades, financial need or the potential to benefit from school. The bottom line: You have options. We’ll help you explore them at WWCC.

Paying for Your Degree

There are lots of ways to pay for college. We will work with you to find the right mix of support so that you can go after your dreams. Talk with us to learn more about:

  • Work study — work part-time on campus while you earn your degree.
  • Emergency funds — for students who are struggling to make ends meet.

You can go to college. Start exploring your options today.

Other information

Students under the age of 18 and/or without a high school diploma or GED® require instructor permission to enroll in Diesel Technology courses. A high school diploma or GED® is required to receive a degree in Diesel Technology.

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