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Diesel Power Technology

Are you interested in a career in diesel power? SVC's exceptional technology program will give you the skills you need to get a great job in this varied and interesting field. 

Program Options

Options in the Diesel Power Technology program combine classroom theory with real experience. You will work in a large modern shop, equipped with the latest computer and electronic components.

  • Diesel Power Technology, Associate in Technical Arts degree, 2-year program
  • Diesel Power Technology Certificate, on completion of diesel technical courses and a limited number of specific general credits
  • Individual Technical Certificate, developed with permission of the instructor, focusing on particular specialties in the program

Program Learning Outcomes:

Graduates of the Diesel Power Technology program will

  • Be prepared with the skills and knowledge required for successful entry-level employment in the diesel power industry.
  •  Understand and apply safe working practices in the lab/shop environment; properly handle and dispose of hazardous materials typically found in a shop environment.
  • Apply fundamentals of diesel service training, including the basics of diagnostics and repair, pre-delivery inspection and warranty repair procedures.
  • Demonstrate the skills needed to troubleshoot and repair the following mechanical systems: electronics, hydraulics, power train, engines, brakes, power transmission, pneumatics, and chassis systems.
  • Demonstrate the ability to accurately document work performed.
  • Perform repair procedures using proper hand and power tools in a safe manner.
  • Operate precision diagnostic and repair equipment.
  • Have the ability to access service and parts information via all industry formats including print, CD-ROM and the Internet.
  • Understand and practice good communication and public relations skills with customers and colleagues.
  • Demonstrate critical thinking, teamwork, communication, intercultural appreciation, and technical and information literacy skills.

You May Study

Diagnosis & Repair of:
Gear Boxes
Air Systems

Diesel Engine Diagnosis & Repair
In-frame Engine Rebuilding
Computerized Vehicle Systems
Customer Service Techniques
Tune Up – All Major Systems
Preventative Maintenance – All Major Systems


Why Skagit Valley College?

  • Large well-equipped diesel shop
  • Up-to-date computer lab facilitates working electronically
  • Highly experienced instructors with years of experience in the diesel industry
  • Hands-on experience working with late-model vehicles and engines

Career Opportunities

Many of today's diesel systems are electronically controlled, so the demand for highly trained technicians is greater than ever. Your career choices include: diagnosis and repair of heavy trucks, industrial and agricultural machinery, transit, marine, or generator power sets. All over the world, increasingly complex diesel technologies are driving a demand for trained technicians.

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Contact Us

Bernie Andringa
Department Chair

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Program Video

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