Memorandum of Understanding: Bachelor of Applied Science in Diesel Technology Degree from Centralia College
From Jake Conrad, member of AVTGNW and Centralia College Instructor:
For those of you with students looking to further their education and career opportunities, I have some information regarding the Bachelor of Applied Science in Diesel Technology Degree from Centralia College.
We started the program in 2014 and are one of only four bachelors programs in diesel in the country. We are the only program on the west coast. We have achieved 100% job placement with our graduates and most have secured employment several months before graduating. We work with industry to provide paid summer internships and jobs while attending school.
Our entrance requirements are simple: Proof of an earned associate's degree in diesel or automotive technology, heavy equipment mechanics, OR equivalent degree from a regionally accredited college or university with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5
Our BAS-DT students typically earn 25-40% more starting out than two year graduates.
In state tuition is approx. $2,100/quarter for 15 credits and $2,500/quarter for 20 credits. Out of state tuition is 106% of in state tuition at approx. $2,226/quarter for 15 credits and approx. $2,650/ quarter for 20 credits.
Currently in the diesel and automotive fields, less than 3% of technicians have a four year degree. Employer surveys show that they are looking for 10-15% of the technicians that are hired to have a four year degree. The opportunities for someone with an advanced degree in these fields are endless.
This is the layout for student's junior and senior years followed by course descriptions for diesel specific courses.
Applied Management (5)
Introduces the principles and concepts of effective management including human resource management, quality control, social responsibility, decision-making, communication, conflict resolution and customer service. Prerequisite: enrollment in BAS-DT or by permission.
Electrical III (5)
Course content will focus on the theory and application of advanced electrical circuits, schematic reading, and proper troubleshooting techniques. Prerequisite: enrollment in BASDT or by permission.
Emissions Control (5)
Course content will focus on the theory and application of diesel exhaust emissions reduction technology. Prerequisite: enrollment in BAS-DT or by permission.
Hydraulics II (5)
Studies the application of complex hydraulics systems with an emphasis on troubleshooting and system design. Prerequisite: BDET 300.
Combustion Engine Fuels (5)
Examines a variety of alternative power sources used in internal combustion engines including diesel fuel, biodiesel, gasoline, ethanol, propane, and CNG fueled engines. Prerequisite: BDET 300.
Applied Failure Analysis (5)
Identifies initial failures, progressive damage and appropriate documentation with a focus on root cause analysis and correction actions. Prerequisite: BDET 300.
Power Generation/Maintenance (5)
Examines the theory, application, and maintenance of equipment and controls used in on-site power generation. Content will cover power generation systems that run in a variety of commercial, industrial, and personal applications. Prerequisite: BDET 300.
Science of Fuels & Lubes (5)
Studies the tribology of automotive and industrial equipment fuels, coolants, lubricants and additives. Samples of each will be taken and examined to comprehend the chemical breakdown processes, the contaminants that are involved and the consequences for engines and transmissions. Prerequisite: BDET 300.
Regulatory Issues (5)
Studies the requirements set forth by OSHA, MSHA, and the EPA relating to diesel fueled automotive and industrial equipment. Content to include current laws, preferred practices and case studies of industrial accidents. Prerequisite: BDET 300.
Metallurgy & Fabrication (5)
Focuses on various types of steel and non-ferrous metals respective strengths and other key attributes regarding how those materials are repaired and components using those metals are designed and fabricated.
Shop/Fleet Management (5)
Addresses the relationships between the repair facility and customers as well as internal shop relationships and the development of a strong customer service culture. Topics will include work flow and methods, shop layout, work ethics, effective communications and skills needed by effective supervisors and foremen. Prerequisite: BDET 300.
Hybrid Drives (5)
Reviews current and emerging propulsion technologies including electric forklifts, diesel- electric propulsion and hydraulic accumulator drive systems. Prerequisite: BDET 300.
Consists of work completed on the site of a maintenance/ repair facility based upon a contractual agreement requiring specific attention to a project or problem that directly addresses BAS-DT program outcomes. Prerequisite: BDET 300.
If you would like more information regarding this program, please click here or contact Jake Fay, Associate Dean of Workforce and Bachelors Programs at 360-623-8400 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Tesla START representatives visited Central Oregon Community College to do what we call a “site visit” to determine if the Tesla Corporation would be interested in a partnership for training technicians into the electric drive industry AND the residential industry. The representatives were well prepared and gracious. They were the best folks to visit with our team here in Central Oregon. In addition to our own administration, we had two COCC board members and most city mayors and city mangers. Educational representatives joined us to look at workforce development for Central Oregon. The name – Tesla – draws a crowd. It was a “best day” for us all.
Take a look at the photos below to see more!
As the automotive industry starts it enviable march toward autonomous vehicles, one manufacturer, Nissan is working on Brain to Vehicle technology (B2V). This technology will allow the vehicles to interpret signals from the driver’s brain, redefining how people interact with their vehicles. Nissan says that this technology will speed up the reaction times from the drivers and will lead to vehicles that keep adapting to make driving more enjoyable.
How it works: The driver wears a device that measures brain wave activity, which is then analyzed by the autonomous systems. With the vehicle being able to anticipate the intended action of the driver the system can then take action(s), such as turning the steering wheel or slowing the vehicle. According to Nissan, these actions will be 0.2 to 0.5 seconds faster than the driver will be able initiate.
A Nissan spokesperson is quoted saying, “Our systems will be able to tell an autonomous vehicle that the driver will be steering in the next 300 milliseconds and we can use this to enhance the execution, synchronizing the support of the autonomous vehicle with your actions.”
Nissan demonstrated the capabilities of the B2V technology at the CES 2018 Trade show in Las
Vegas, which took, place January 9- 12th.
Check out this article, this article, and this video to see more!
AVTGNW has updated its Hands-On Vehicle Electrification training schedule. The new lineup consists of training in Portland, OR; Port Angeles, WA; Las Vegas, NV; and Godfrey, IL. Courses range from beginner to advanced, and are in 3-5 day segments. Visit the training page for course dates, pricing, and additional details!
Summer training is almost here and there's still time to save your seat in these courses!
Spring 2017 Professional Automotive Education at COCC
Hybrid Electric Vehicles II
Mondays & Wednesdays, April 3 to June 14 5:45 to 9:35 pm COCC Redmond, Technology Education Center Room 116 $575 CRN 28229
Computerized Engine Controls
Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays, April 11 to May 23 12:45 to 4:45 pm COCC Bend, Ponderosa Room 106 $575 CRN 28246
Automotive Controller Systems II
Tuesdays & Thursdays, April 4 to June 13 6:00 to 9:00 pm and Saturdays, May 20 & June 3 9:00 am to 5:00 pm COCC Redmond, Technology Education Center Room 116 $575 CRN 28494
Automotive Controller Systems II May Weekend
Tuesday & Thursday, May 16 & 18 6:00 to 9:00 pm and Saturday, May 20 9:00 am to 5:00 pm COCC Redmond, Technology Education Center Room 116 $159 CRN 28495
Automotive Controller Systems II June Weekend
Tuesday & Thursday, May 30 and June 1 6:00 to 9:00 pm and Saturday, June 3 9:00 am to 5:00 pm COCC Redmond, Technology Education Center Room 116 $159 CRN 28496
Instructor approval is required for all classes
Dual Training Event: Electrified Vehicles Inside and Out + Alternating Current for Electric Drive Vehicles
These two courses will cover Vehicle Electrification from the ground up, as well as provide a comprehensive overview of Alternating Current. You can view the full course description HERE.
Date: June 26-30, 2017
Location: Portland, OR (Portland Community College)
Price: $1,995.00 (Use promo code AVTGNWPCC at checkout for a 15% discount)
5-Day Vehicle Electrification Technology Series
Date: August 14-18, 2017
Location: Portland, OR (Portland Community College)
This multi-course training events includes the following topics:
To ensure that there will be trained automotive technicians to service HEV, PHEV, EREV, and BEV (e.g., Advanced Technology vehicles) Automotive Instructors play the pivotal role in developing these technicians. Prior to instructing any automotive topic, instructors should receive professional training and develop experiences that can be transferred to their students. With degrees already brimming with traditional automotive courses, instructors are finding it extremely difficult to determine how Advanced Technology vehicle information will be inserted into a structure that cannot accommodate additional courses. Additionally, college level administrators may not see a need to include the necessary courses to automotive degrees and certificates that properly prepare the students to analyze, diagnose, and repair vehicles with high voltage electric drive systems, battery packs, electric air conditioning compressors, etc. There are college administrators that have tried to solve this problem by offering adjunct 1-year certificate programs that permit students to continue with their automotive studies for a 3rd year. However, students quickly realize that, because the extra year of training in the Advanced Technologies is not a component of their 2-year degree program, they cannot acquire financial aid to help defray the educational costs until after graduation. Therefore, there are multiple issues in offering Advanced Technology vehicle training to the students, even if they desire it.
A more pressing issue involves automotive instructor training. If colleges aren’t supporting the addition of Advanced Technology education as a part of their automotive programs then, it may be difficult for automotive instructors to acquire support from their administration to attend qualified professional training. The concern is real – with the production of Advanced Technology vehicles accelerating at exponential speed and instructors not receiving qualified training then, how will the next generation of technicians be trained to fundamentally learn the knowledge and skills necessary to diagnose and repair Advanced Technology products?
For those colleges that do not include or offer this training, private sector companies,have already developed the training products, tools, and equipment for field technicians and can easily begin to integrate college level students into these Advanced Technology vehicle courses.
Space is limited. Register to attend the new Propane Autogas Vehicle Technician Training at one of these three FREE sessions:April 25-27—Oklahoma City Community College* [register]
*Additional training opportunities available for OK residents/those working in OK – a fee will be charged. If interested contact:
John Claybon – Director
Professional Dev. Institute
Oklahoma City Comm. College
*April 28 -- Oklahoma City Community College training on Oklahoma gaseous fuel technician certification.
*April 29 -- Oklahoma City Community College certification exam for Oklahoma gaseous fuel technicians.
May 24-26—Blossman Autogas Fuel and Research Center, Ashville, North Carolina [register]
June14-16—Linn-Benton Community College, Albany, Oregon [register]
IMPORTANT: Training is only available to professional automotive technicians who have experience in fuel and electrical systems, and driveability.
Hands-On Shop Activities
Portland Registration Form March 2016
Greetings from the Tech Training Coordinator at Portland Community College!
Attached below is a training opportunity put together by NADI (National Automotive Diagnostic Information Services).
Be sure to scroll threw the pages for all the information that pertains to this offer. The second page is the registration procedure.
This training opportunity will be presented at Portland Community College, Sylvania Campus, Portland, Oregon.
(This training is not delivered or put on by PCC or the Automotive Service Technology program at PCC)
Please direct all questions regarding this training to the contact information located in the attachment.
Technical Training Coordinator
Automotive Service Technology
Portland Community College