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Bachelor of Applied Science - Diesel Technology

The BASD Program has received approval from the Washington State Board of Community & Technical Colleges. The regional accreditation body for the Pacific Northwest, the NWCCU, has approved the BASD program as of May 2, 2014, and placed it into candidacy status as they did in 2012 with the BAS in applied management program (BAS-AM). The NWCCU specifically cited the strength of the diesel associate level program and the strong start that BAS-AM has had at Centralia College as two key factors in this positive decision. For more info, see Bachelor of Diesel Technology program receives NWCCU accreditation.


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Bachelor of Applied Science–Diesel Technology

The power to go beyond...
  • High Quality
  • Low Cost
  • Education That Counts

You know what it takes to be a top diesel technician. Now you can rise to that level with your Bachelor of Applied Science–Diesel (BASD) from Centralia College. The BASD program gives you the training and education in advanced diesel technologies that surpasses industry standards and expectations, and helps you develop skills for a career in management within the diesel industry. The diesel industry is searching for leaders, and now with more companies than ever seeking diesel technicians who have a bachelor's, a BASD from Centralia College is the right choice.

The BASD program prepares you for high-demand careers in the logging, construction, mining, agriculture, and transportation industries. With a blend of in-class instruction and hands-on training, you will receive a comprehensive education to equip you for an outstanding career in this challenging field.

What sets the diesel bachelor program at Centralia College apart is the attention to leadership and management development of our students for these industries.

Advanced diesel technology training, leadership development & management training...
  • Advanced fuels
  • Hybrid and electric drivetrains
  • Alternative fuel systems
  • Welding and fabrication
  • Advanced electrical systems
  • Power generation diagnostics
  • Fleet maintenance
  • Business management
Caterpillar recognizes Centralia College as a “partner school.”
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Want to learn more about the BASD?
Now accepting inquiries from those interested in the BASD: Contact Connie Smejkal, (360) 736-9391, ext 432, bachelors@centralia.edu.
BASD Faculty
Diesel instructors Jake Conrad and Jake Fay

Over the last ten years the diesel and heavy equipment industry has changed significantly. Here at Centralia College we have identified some of the challenges of entry level technicians that simply don't get taught at the associate's level due to an abundance of increased content. The skills that we have been teaching for years are still important, but now we need to expand our curriculum in order to provide employers with technicians that have been trained on the most current technologies as well. Our BASD curriculum is based on input received from other diesel instructors and industries throughout the northwest.
Jake Conrad and Jacob Fay, Associate Professors, Diesel Technology

Diesel Technology Advisory Committee
At Centralia College, it is important to ensure that we are offering our students the highest quality educational experiences available. For this reason we maintain an advisory committee of industry professionals who are invested in the local community and who are experts in the diesel industry. This advisory committee helps to guide the college when changes in the curriculum become necessary as the diesel industry makes advances in technology or as industry demands change. Our goal is for students to be as prepared as possible for real-world applications as they enter the diesel equipment technology workforce.

Advisory Committee Members (2013):
  • Jake Fay, Diesel Tech Instructor, Centralia College
  • Jake Conrad, Diesel Tech Instructor, Centralia College
  • NC Machinery Operations Manager, Chehalis, WA
  • NC Machinery PSSR, Chehalis, WA
  • Cummins Northwest Service Manager, Chehalis, WA
  • Essex Crane Service, Fontana, CA
  • Pape Group Recruiter, Kent, WA
  • Pape Machinery, Fife, WA
  • Pape Machinery, Kent, WA
  • Intercity Transit, Olympia, WA
  • Valley Freightliner, Olympia, WA
  • Walsh Trucking, Napavine, WA