Diesel and Heavy Equipment Technology

Gain experience with Diesel and Heavy Equipment technology.

The Diesel and Heavy Equipment Technician program is designed to meet industry-specific needs. Our instructors seek to provide students with the foundation they need to apply for a career as a diesel technician. The robust, hands-on curriculum is complemented by enough theory to give students the conceptual background they need to tackle the challenges they will encounter in this rapidly evolving field. Our six-quarter program is designed around a series of four basic areas: Electrical Systems, Engines and Brakes, Powertrains, and Hydraulics and Steering and Suspension. After these four core quarters are completed, students move on to their fifth and sixth quarters, which are comprised of Advanced Application and Vehicle Service courses conducted in a live shop setting. In addition to the live shop, opportunities for internships, apprenticeships, and other work-based learning experiences abound.

General Information

Career Advisor: Leesa Ostrander
253-680-7410 | lostrander@batestech.edu

Location: South Campus
Hours: 7:30AM - 4:00PM

Program Length: Six Quarters

  • National Median Salary$53,370 
  • National Potential Annual Job Openings13,700

This information is base on data from June 2021.

Tuition and Fees

At Bates, our tuition is affordable and there are options to help make it even easier to gain an education. Federal aid is available for many of our students. Scholarships are also available through the Bates Foundation.

See if you qualify for other funding through our special funding programs with the Workforce Education office.

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Associate of Applied Science
CIP: 47.0605 EPC: 775  

Students prepare for employment in the diesel and heavy equipment industry, diagnosing, repairing, and rebuilding components of diesel-powered vehicles in an on-campus shop setting. Local industry training partnerships provide practical experience that enhances student instruction. Graduates may find employment as technicians in diesel and heavy duty apprenticeships, working with on/off highway trucks, construction equipment, hydraulics, material handling equipment, agricultural equipment, marine, and utilities. Customized training and scholarships are available.


Bates instructors are industry experts who enjoy working with and teaching students.


  • Lester Burkes

    253-680-7438 | Email

  • Lee Jefferson

    253-680-7435 | Email

  • Jeff Rush

    253-680-7436 | Email

  • Mike Sartore

    253-680-7546 | Email

  • Angela Driver

    253-680-7461 | Email

Bates Technical College offers classes on campus, online and hybrid. For Fall Quarter 2021, vaccinations will be required. Learn more about vaccinations and our COVID-19 response on the COVID-19 resource page.