diesel tech studentsDiesel Technology

The Bachelor's of Applied Science in Diesel Technology prepares graduates for careers in Diesel Technologies.

Program Details

The BAS-DT program is an additional two years of full-time study beyond a two-year associate degree.

  • Six quarters of classes
  • Three classes (15 credits) per quarter
  • No summer classes

Graduates of the BAS-DT program learn technical skills and develop their ability to communicate effectively and collaborate with peers. This helps them earn jobs as entry-level technicians and managers, and/or progress to other senior positions.

Steps to Apply

  1. If you are not a current or former Centralia College student, obtain a student ID number (SID) by applying to Centralia College online.
  2. Complete the online BAS Application Form.
  3. Pay the $35 application fee through the Cashier’s office (360-623-8931) or online through the Bookstore.

Note: The priority deadline is April1. Programs may be cancelled if minimum enrollment is not reached.

After receiving the online Application Form, Enrollment Services will email you instructions for completing your admissions packet through Canvas.

Minimum Admission Requirements

Admission into the BAS-DT program is merit-based. Meeting the minimum entrance requirements does not guarantee admission as the number of qualified applicants may exceed the number of enrollment spaces. In order to be placed into the admissions pool, applicants must complete or submit the following:

  • Completion of the BAS application materials
  • Proof of an earned associate’s degree in diesel technology, diesel mechanics, automotive OR 90 credits (junior-level standing) from a regionally accredited college or university with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5
  • 15 credits in diesel, automotive, or related field with at least a 2.0 GPA


Required Courses

The following courses must be completed prior to earning a bachelor's degree. The courses can be included in the two-year degree or be completed during the bachelor’s program in addition to the required courses.

  • ENGL& 101 – English Composition I (5 credits)
  • Any college level MATH requiring MATH 099 as a prerequisite (such as MATH& 107, MATH& 141, MATH& 146)


The State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC) sets the tuition rate.

For the current year's tuition rate, see Tuition & Fees - Bachelor of Applied Science.

The cost of room and board would be additional.

Financial Aid

For information on applying for financial aid, see Financial Aid.


Students can apply for scholarships online from Dec. 1-March 1. Visit the scholarships page for information and a link to the online application.

BAS-DT Education Plan

Degree: Bachelor of Applied Science
Emphasis: Diesel Technology
Credits: 96

Junior Year  
Fall Quarter
  • DET 102 Forklift Certification - 1 credit
  • DET 300 Applied Management - 5 credits
  • DET 320 Emissions Control - 5 credits
  • Elective - 5 credits
Winter Quarter
  • DET 325 Material Science of Fluids**  * - 5 credits
  • DET 335 Regulatory Issues - 5 credits
  • Elective - 5 credits
Spring Quarter
  • DET 345 Metalwork and Fabrication - 5 credits
  • DET 355 Hybrid Drives Electric/Hydraulic - 5 credits
  • DET 365 Internship - 5 credits
  • Elective - 5 credits

Notes - * Course has a prerequisite. **Must meet GURs (General University Requirements/ Distribution Requirements) as listed under the Associate in Arts Degree (DTA).

Senior Year  
Fall Quarter
  • CMST 330 Prof and Org Communication**  * - 5 credits
  • DET 430 Shop/Fleet Management - 5 credits
  • DET 455 Applied Failure Analysis - 5 credits
Winter Quarter
  • DET 435 Hydraulics II - 5 credits
  • DET 445 Combustion Engine Fuels - 5 credits
  • Elective - 5 credits
Spring Quarter
  • DET 415 Electrical III * - 5 credits
  • DET 465 Power Generation & Maintenance - 5 credits
  • HUM 315 Ethics**  * - 5 credits

Notes - * Course has a prerequisite. **Must meet GURs (General University Requirements/ Distribution Requirements) as listed under the Associate in Arts Degree (DTA).


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