Diesel Technology

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 for furthering their education/training.

Students enrolled in the Diesel Technology program will learn the operation theory, maintenance and repair of large trucks and off-road equipment. The systems studied will include electrical, hydraulic, engines, air systems, brakes, and power transmissions. 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, goals setting, problem solving, conflict resolution, and responsible decision-making.

Program Benefits:

  • 3 High School credits
  • May qualify for math, history, health/PE, science, or language arts credits.  Because these credits differ by home district, click on credit equivalencies to learn what is specifically offered for this program by your sending high school.
  • Competency Certificate
  • Leadership opportunities through Skills/USA
  • 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:

  • This program is certified by the National Automobile Technician Education Foundation (NATEF) to prepare students to take the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) test.
  • 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

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


  • 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 encouraged to participate in the orientation at Cascadia Tech Academy.


Possible enrollment in Skills USA (approximate cost $25)

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

Program Supply List / Student Costs:

Please plan ahead. Some programs require that uniforms, supplies, and other program specific related items (such as immunizations, food service card, etc.) be purchased, started or completed 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.

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

If you have concerns regarding these expenses, please see Melissa Downing in our Student Service Center. There are funds available for qualifying students. Ms. Downing can be reached at 360-604-1050 ext. 2150 or at Melissa.Downing@evergreenps.org.