College-Level Advanced Vehicle Technology Training
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Memorandum of Understanding: Bachelor of Applied Science in Diesel Technology Degree from Centralia College
From Jake Conrad, AVTGNW member and instructor for Centralia College:
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