Diesel Tech

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.
  • Entry level clinical and reception skills
  • 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:

Year 1:
Students are required to have two uniform shirts ordered through www.automotiveworkwear.com. On the left under Work Clothing click on School Programs, Schools A-F, CCSC Cascadia Tech. Order two automotive uniform shirts (coveralls are for Diesel Tech students only). Purchase two pairs of black work slacks as well as one pair of work boots or shoes (safety shoes recommended). Safety glasses are also required and the first pair is free; additional pairs will have to be purchased by the student (clear lenses required). Family medical insurance or student accident insurance is required.

Year 2:
Student must provide their own transportation to/from internship sites.  Family medical insurance or student accident insurance is required.

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.

Note: Student accident insurance is available through your sending high school.

If you have concerns regarding these expenses, please see Peggy Leifheit in our Business Office. There are funds available for qualifying students. Ms. Leifheit can be reached at 360-604-1050 ext. 2158 or at Peggy.Leifheit@evergreenps.org.