A new Bachelor of Applied Science in Diesel Technology (BASD) degree is now offered through Centralia College, located in Centralia, in Southwest Washington. The bachelor’s program is now officially accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU) meaning the program meets the highest standards set for colleges and universities.
Centralia College also offers two-year training programs in diesel equipment technology.
The BASD begins fall quarter 2014 in the newly revamped Centralia College diesel tech training facilities. Financial aid may be available for those who qualify.
The Centralia College BASM is one of only four colleges in the nation to offer a bachelor of diesel technology, the only program of its kind on the West Coast, and the first two-year college ever to offer a bachelor in diesel technology.
“We worked with industry professionals including Papé Machinery, NC Machinery, and Cummins Northwest as we developed the program,” Larry McGee, associate dean of bachelor’s programs, said. “Our goal is to exceed industry standards and provide employers with quality mechanics who will qualify to compete for management positions.”
The college’s BASD program is designed for those who have already earned their two-year degree in diesel technology from an accredited school who want to learn advanced technologies while acquiring management skills.
The Centralia College two-year associate degree in diesel technology is one of the oldest diesel programs in the nation and is a natural progression into the BASD, McGee said.
“Graduates of our program will have higher level skills in dealing with technical complexities in the diesel field, and will have management skills that are a key ingredient in a successful business environment,” McGee said.