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Submitter's Information


Bobbi Mahfood


Dean of Ed Services


Central/Mother Lode


West Hills College Coalinga

CTE Dean

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Bobbi Mahfood

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Program Details

Program Title

Equipment Technician

Submission Type

New Program

TOPs Code

Diesel Technology (094700)

Projected Start Date


Catalog Description

The Certificate of Achievement in Equipment Technician is designed to prepare students for a career as an entry level equipment technician.  Using modern equipment, the certificate offers instruction and training in equipment operation, diesel engine repair, hydraulics, and equipment systems including electrical and drive systems.  Career opportunities for students exist in the agricultural, industrial, construction, material handling, and mining industries.

Enrollment Completer Projections

It is anticipated that 30 students will complete the certificate on an annual basis.

Program Proposal Attributes

Program Award Type(s) (Check all that apply)
  • Certificate of Achievement: 16 or greater semester (or 24 or greater quarter) units (C)
Program Goal

Equipment repair and maintenance is a diverse industry with a tremendous variety of career opportunities.  Students that successfully complete the Certificate of Achievement in Diesel Mechanics will have the skills necessary to obtain entry level employment.  With the increase in the number of retirees, the demand for trained technicians increases.  Career opportunities exist in agriculture, industrial, construction, materials handling, and mining.

Diesel Technology - Equipment Technician program prepares students with the advanced skills and knowledge required to work as an equipment technician.  Upon completion of this program, students will be ready to work as a shop technician or mobile mechanic in the agriculture, construction, and trucking industry.

Course Units and Hours

Total Certificate Units (Minimum and Maximum)


Units for Degree Major or Area of Emphasis (Minimum and Maximum)


Total Units for Degree (Minimum and Maximum)


Course Report

Program Requirements Narrative

Equipment Technicians are part of a diverse industry with a tremendous variety of career opportunities.  Students that successfully complete the Equipment Technicians program requirements and skills necessary to obtain entry level employment are in high demand.  Initial entry level jobs include service and basic repair of equipment for farms and ranches.  There has been a shortage of qualified equipment technicians which will be attenuated with the increase in the number of retirees.  Career opportunities exist in oil production and maintenance, agriculture, distribution, manufacturing, and construction.  

The program meets the mission of the college to provide CTE opportunities to support students, community, and industry.  In doing so, the program will provide students with an opportunity to gain increased wages in an industry with a skill set that is lacking in the Central Valley.

Program Requirements
(Y1 or S1)
AG014Tractor Operations3Y1
DT094Introduction to Diesel Engine Repair3Y1
DT095Advanced Diesel Engine Repair 3Y1
DT097Equipment Systems3Y1
IMT060Industrial Core3Y1

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Published at

10/17/23 - 08:52 PM



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