Diesel/Heavy Equipment Technology

Associate in Applied Science - Transfer (AAS-T)

Diesel/Heavy Equipment Technology


About The Program

The Diesel/Heavy Equipment Technology AAS-T program prepares students for careers in any industry that utilizes trucks, heavy equipment, vessels or any other industrial equipment utilizing diesel power, hydraulics or other mechanical power transmission devices. With a strong emphasis on fluid power, LCC’s Diesel/Heavy Equipment Technology program is one of few accepted for membership in the National Fluid Power Association. This program also meets the academic requirements to apply for admittance into Lower Columbia's Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Organizational Leadership and Technical Management which prepares industry professionals for positions in leadership, management and supervision.

For a roadmap that identifies the preferred sequencing of courses and other specific recommendations from faculty, please see the corresponding program map(s):

Program Requirements

COLL 289 Employment Portfolio Seminar 1
CS 110 Introduction to Microcomputer Applications 3
DHET 100 Essentials of Mechanics 5
DHET 104 Electrical Systems 15
DHET 105 Vehicle Climate Control 5
DHET 114 Heavy Duty Brakes and Chassis 15
DHET 141 Hydraulics I 4
DHET 142 Hydraulics II 6
DHET 210 Diesel Engine Rebuild 15

DHET 215

Heavy Duty Engine Performance


DHET 220

Heavy Duty Power Trains


DHET 230

Advanced Shop Practices


HLTH 105

First Aid, CPR and Bloodborne Pathogens

MFG 105 Industrial Safety 3
DHET 288 Cooperative Work Experience 2

DHET 299 may be substituted for COLL 289 and DHET 288 (3 credits) with program advisor permission.

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Total credits required to earn this degree: 125

Students completing this program should acquire the following skills and abilities:

  • Communicate professionally in writing and speaking as appropriate to an industrial technology work environment (GS Communication).
  • Apply objective, valid methods of inquiry and problem solving to draw rational, ethical, and coherent conclusions (GS Critical Thinking).
  • Apply mathematical information to perform tasks in industrial technology (GS Numeracy/Quantitative Literacy).
  • Interact effectively with individuals and groups (GS Interpersonal relations).
  • Apply industry standard safety and hazardous material handling guidelines.
  • Display work appropriate behavior including positive attitude, timeliness and teamwork.
  • Apply knowledge of computer programs to create professional, academic, or business documents following current industry standards.
  • Complete tasks accurately, safely and within a given timeframe.
  • Demonstrate competency in accurately following service information procedures and documenting work performed.
  • Demonstrate the required skills needed to troubleshoot and repair advanced mechanical systems including hydraulic, electrical, air and hydraulic brakes, engine, power transmission, chassis and air conditioning.
Revised May 2023 (Effective Summer 2023)


Program planning is based on information available at the time of preparation. It is the student’s responsibility to meet with their LCC advisor and with an advisor at the college to which they plan to transfer for specific requirements. Consult the LCC catalog for LCC graduation requirements.

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