Washington County Community College

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Engine Specialist  

The Engine Specialist program at Washington County Community College is designed to help students gain employment in the engine serve and repair industry.

Students learn diesel and gasoline engine theory in the classroom and engine disassembly, inspection, reassembly, and troubleshooting techniques in the laboratory.

Using service manuals, reference charts, wiring diagrams, diagnostic instruments, and specialized tools, students gain valuable hands-on experience diagnosing, overhauling, and repairing engine and equipment malfunctions, electrical systems, on-board computer systems, and fuel systems.

Students also learn shop safety, fire safety, respiratory safety, and first aid, and develop effective communication and teamwork skills throughout the year long program. 

The Engine Specialist Course Outline

The curriculum of the Engine Specialist program at Washington County Community College is made up of career-specific classes such as:

  • First Year Experience
  • Principles of Vehicular Electronics
  • Introduction to Engine Overhaul
  • Engine Overhaul Lab
  • Diesel Engine Fuel Systems
  • Introductory Welding
  • Principles of Vehicular Performance
  • High Performance Engine
  • Engine Repair and Performance
  • Advanced Engine Repair Lab

Students will also be required to take College Composition and College Mathematics for Technologies. In order to graduate, students must complete each class and maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0, the equivalent of a “C” grade.

From Graduation to Occupation

Graduates of the Engine Specialist program at Washington County Community College will be well-qualified to gain employment as engine specialists in automotive service and repair shops, construction companies, logging companies, agricultural machinery dealerships, heavy equipment dealerships, marine engine companies, and farm operators.

As the diesel industry continues to grow rapidly, job opportunities for qualified diesel mechanics is expected to increase 11% by the year 2020, as fast as average, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The mean annual wage for bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists working in the United States in 2014 was $45,160, while the mean salary for bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists employed in the state of Maine was $39,950 yearly and $19.21 hourly, just 12% lower than the national average (BLS 2017, [https://www.bls.gov/ooh/installation-maintenance-and-repair/diesel-service-technicians-and-mechanics.htm]).

The One-Year Undergraduate Certificate

Washington County Community College offers a one-year Engine Specialist Undergraduate Certificate. This program is Pell Grant eligible. 

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