2015 Spring Diesel & Heavy Equipment Technician Student SLO Assessment Survey

2015 Spring Diesel & Heavy Equipment Technician Student SLO Assessment Survey

Student Learning Outcome Assessment
Diesel & Heavy Equipment Technician
Spring 2015

Published: 04/29/2015

Table of Contents

Overall Experience…………………………………………………………........1
Instructions Provided:
“Use this section to identify things you liked, things you would change, and to
communicate any other comments about your overall experience in the
program. If you have feedback about the instruction or anything else related to
the overall program, please address that in one of these questions.”

Core Abilities……………………………………………………………………...2
Instructions Provided:
“This section addresses the college core abilities. The core abilities are overall
skills that all graduates should acquire during their experience at Western. Focus
on yourself in this section.”

Program Outcomes………………………………………………………………6
Instructions Provided:
“This section addresses the specific outcomes for your program. Please focus on
yourself in this section.”

Conclusion……………………………………………………………………….10
Instructions Provided:
“Please use this space to share any other feedback, comments, or suggestions
about your experience at Western Technical College.”

OVERALL EXPERIENCE
1. What did you like about this program?
Text Response
The teachers and facilities
everything
The teachers are very helpful and the facilities are set up nicely.
Everything
The things that I liked about this program is that when I came here I did not know much about
diesel engines and equipment and now I have a job in that field and am very glad for what I
have learned.
The instructors care about our education and are always willing to help. We have an excellent
selection of the latest tools and equipment. The tasks we are assigned are representative of
what we will experience in the industry.
relaxed work time. you didn't have to try to cram to try to learn everything at once you had time
to let it sink in.
I liked that the instructors were willing and able to work with your personal schedule.
the instructors are very pleasent and willing to help in any way.
everything
The hands on to classroom time ratio.
the small classes and how close we got with the instructors
A lot of things were covered.
how I learned to be a good technician and the teachers
the hands on shop time
teachers
I really enjoyed tearing down all off the engines and assembling them.
I liked that the program is adapted to different skill levels coming into the program. I liked that
the program added on to my previous experience and helped me feel more confident in making
repairs. It also has a good variety of subjects that are covered.
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Value
18

1

2. What would you change about this program?
Text Response
not allot
Nothing
nothing
In my opinion I think that the program need to get new equipment. I know that you can learn the
basics on this equipment but in this industries that technogly is always changing.
Sometimes the instructors would just disappear (usually helping other instructors or students)
during the day and if we needed help it was hard to find them.
I would add an agricultural unit.
I would change all the new rules going around this programs. We can't be in groups of more
than three out in the parking lot on break? We can't have a soda or chips on our box in the
shop? We are paying students. We are paying thousands of dollars to come to this school, and
now they are trying to prohibit us from what I believe are pretty basic freedoms. And for that
reason I am glad I am graduating and getting out of what is turning into a prison.
don't try to make a rule for every thing.
nothing the teachers do a great job keeping the subjects interesting
Add newer engines with more emissions.
start at noon.
It needs newer equipment.
do more in chassis repairs
add more trouble shooting and diagnostic
newer equipment/ newer trucks to work on
I would defintally consider getting some up to date engines with emissions.
I would like to see the program get some newer equipment in. The engine portion would also
have great benefits if full trucks were available to take engines out of and work on engines in
chassis.
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Value
17

CORE ABILITIES
3. As a result of this program:
Question
I have learned
effective
communication
skills.

May 18, 2015

Strongly
Disagree

Disagree

Neither
Agree nor
Disagree

Agree

Strongly
Agree

Total
Responses

0

0

2

9

7

18

2

4. Provide any comments you have on effective
communication skills you learned.
Text Response
I have learned how to communicate well in this field because it is a major part of this job.
The applied communications class was a help. I was able to get my resume in order and we
learned effective interviewing skills.
I learned how to talk nicely to others.
It helped me get more comfortable with people I do not know. It also gave me skills to talk about
mechanical problems with people which will help with customers in the future.
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Value
4

5. As a result of this program:
Question

Strongly
Disagree

Disagree

Neither
Agree nor
Disagree

Agree

Strongly
Agree

Total
Responses

0

0

1

10

7

18

I am able to
apply
mathematical
concepts.

6. Provide any comments you have on mathematical
concepts you learned.
Text Response
I is the best mechanics.
Keep Jason as the instructor for the applied math class. He does an excellent job helping us
understand the concepts. He also understands what we will need to know as mechanics.
I learned all about vehicular mathematics
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Value
3

3

7. As a result of this program:
Question

Strongly
Disagree

1

I learned
how to
transfer
social and
natural
science
theories into
practical
applications.

Disagree

Neither
Agree nor
Disagree

Agree

Strongly
Agree

Total
Responses

0

6

9

2

18

8. Provide any comments you have on transferring social
and natural science theories into practical applications.
Text Response
I is the best mechanics.
I have got different ideas on how something could work or how to fix something and have it stay
reliable.
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Value
2

9. As a result of this program:
Question

Strongly
Disagree

Disagree

Neither
Agree nor
Disagree

Agree

Strongly
Agree

Total
Responses

I learned
critical
thinking
skills.

0

0

1

11

6

18

10. Provide any comments you have on critical thinking
skills you learned.
Text Response
I is the best mechanics.
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Value
1

4

11. As a result of this program:
Question

Strongly
Disagree

0

I have
learned to
use
technology
effectively.

Disagree

Neither
Agree nor
Disagree

Agree

Strongly
Agree

Total
Responses

0

0

10

8

18

12. Provide any comments you have on what you learned
about using technology effectively.
Text Response
I is the best mechanics.
I have had the opportunity to use the skills I learned in class and put them to use at work.
Learning a little about the OEM software in class helped to apply it in the workplace.
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Value
2

13. As a result of this program:
Question

Strongly
Disagree

Disagree

Neither
Agree nor
Disagree

Agree

Strongly
Agree

Total
Responses

0

0

3

9

6

18

I have
learned to
value
myself and
work
ethically
with others
in a diverse
population.

14. Provide any comments you have on what you learned
about valuing yourself and working ethically with others in a
diverse population.
Text Response
I is the best mechanics.
Members in a workplace are a team. Working with others is another thing that is mandatory in
the program and it will make you more comfortable around others.
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Value
2

5

15. As a result of this program:

0

Question
I am able to
make
decisions
that
incorporate
the
importance
of
sustainability.

Disagree

Neither
Agree nor
Disagree

Agree

Strongly
Agree

Total
Responses

0

Strongly
Disagree

4

9

5

18

16. Provide any comments you have on what you learned
about incorporating the importance of sustainability in
decisions you make.
Text Response
I is the best mechanics.
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Value
1

PROGRAM OUTCOMES
17. As a result of this program, I learned to:
Question
identify
strengths
and
weaknesses
in my
course of
study.

May 18, 2015

Strongly
Disagree

Disagree

Neither
Agree nor
Disagree

Agree

Strongly
Agree

Total
Responses

0

0

2

10

6

18

6

18. Provide any comments you have about learning this
program outcome.
Text Response
I is the best mechanics.
I learned something new everyday
The course will help to a certain degree with that but the task performed in class are quite a bit
different than in the workplace.
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Value
3

19. As a result of this program, I learned to:
Question

Strongly
Disagree

Disagree

Neither
Agree nor
Disagree

Agree

Strongly
Agree

Total
Responses

0

0

0

13

5

18

project a
professional
image by
acts of
timeliness,
cleanliness,
honesty and
acceptance
of
responsibility
for actions
taken.

20. Provide any comments you have about learning this
program outcome.
Text Response
I is the best mechanics.
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Value
1

7

21. As a result of this program, I learned to:
Question

Strongly
Disagree

0

demonstrate
a positive
attitude,
attentive
listening
skills and the
ability to
foster
personal
relationships.

Disagree

Neither
Agree nor
Disagree

Agree

Strongly
Agree

Total
Responses

0

3

10

5

18

22. Provide any comments you have about learning this
program outcome.
Text Response
I is the best mechanics.
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Value
1

23. As a result of this program, I learned to:
Question
demonstrate
the ability to
inspect,
diagnose,
service and
repair major
systems
related to the
diesel
transportation
and heavy
equipment
industry.

Strongly
Disagree

Disagree

Neither
Agree nor
Disagree

Agree

Strongly
Agree

Total
Responses

0

0

1

6

11

18

24. Provide any comments you have about learning this
program outcome.
Text Response
I is the best mechanics.

May 18, 2015

8

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Value
1

25. As a result of this program, I learned to:
Question
practice
personal work
habits
through
compliance
with all
company,
brand/vehicle,
OSHA and
environmental
policies.

Strongly
Disagree

Disagree

Neither
Agree nor
Disagree

Agree

Strongly
Agree

Total
Responses

0

0

2

8

8

18

26. Provide any comments you have about learning this
program outcome.
Text Response
I is the best mechanics.
Safety is hammered into our heads every day and we have all developed better safety habits. I
wear my safety glasses even when I am working on projects at home now.
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May 18, 2015

Value
2

9

CONCLUSION
27. Please use this space to share any other feedback,
comments, or suggestions about your experience at Western
Technical College.
Text Response
idk glad to be out of her
Wonderful Program, and School
The teachers are very interested in our success inside of school and once we get a job too.
in my opinion I think that Duane and Chad should get a raise because they are always on the
cutting edge of what is going on in there field. Also the program needs to be more connected
with the downtown.
I have few to no complaints about the instructors or the specific program. They are doing an
excellent job and should keep it up. I enjoyed my time in the classroom and the shop.
However, there seem to be some problems with the way the school is run. There were even
problems with my application process. Somehow, all of the applications for my high school
were messed up and every time any of us from that school tried to apply online, it wouldn’t allow
us. Our school was told that everyone would need to hand in paper applications instead. That
is a rarity these days. When I had problems with my application, the number I called for
assistance reached a voicemail account. This would be fine, but the outgoing message didn’t
have the hours that I could call back. There are also some issues with the website. Why do we
need passwords for every part of the website? We have a password for Mywestern, financial
aid, student email, and blackboard. Why can’t we have one login that accesses everything? I
would like to just be able to login to the Mywestern page and access everything from it without
having to login to anything else. We ended up having to take this survey twice because we
were told to do the test survey. It was sent to our instructor with a note saying to do it. A couple
weeks later, we got the same survey also telling us to do it. Our instructor had to call the offices
to get it all figured out. Why wasn’t the test survey sent with a note saying it is the test survey?
Also, why couldn’t they just email a working link for it instead of making us type in the URL? It
feels as if there is not any communication between members of administration and everyone
else. We also had a situation near the end of the year. All of a sudden, a new rule came
through that we couldn’t have soda or water in the shop or classrooms. Our shop is not air
conditioned, so it is helpful to have a drink during warm weather. It is also helpful to have a
drink during the winter when the air is dry. Like I said, I have no problem with the actual
classes. I would recommend the school based just on the classes. However, I wouldn’t
recommend it if a take the other issues into account.
the teachers should have more say in how it runs because they know what's going on on the
ground floor
program is great and i wouldnt change a thing about it
I liked my time here
I believe this is a very great problem, The teachers are very knowledgeable!
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Value
9

10