Diesel Power Technology
The Diesel Power Technology program is an instructional program that provides students with competencies required to maintain and repair a variety of industrial diesel equipment, including agricultural tractors, commercial trucks, and construction equipment. The program includes instruction in inspection, repair, and maintenance of engines, power trains, hydraulic systems, and other components. Diesel mechanics use a variety of tools and testing equipment in their work. Ethics and leadership skills in the workplace are taught as integral components throughout the curriculum.
Because of their great durability and efficiency, diesel engines are used to power most of the nation’s heavy vehicles and equipment. Diesel mechanics repair and maintain diesel engines that power transportation equipment, such as heavy trucks, buses; construction equipment such as bulldozers, cranes, and road graders; and farm equipment.
The Diesel Power Technology program prepares the graduate for employment in the field of diesel power technology through experience and laboratory based applications in repairing engines, fuel injection systems, transmissions, clutches, rear ends; pneumatic and hydraulic systems, electrical systems, power trains and auxiliary systems relative to diesel mechanics.
- Diesel engine types, reassembly, break-in procedures and troubleshooting
- Diesel fuel injection system with calibration, electrical systems, starters/alternators, and schematic wiring diagrams
- Power train systems and mechanical and power shift transmissions
- Hydraulic systems, pumps, valves and motors, together with cylinder parts
- Hydrostatic drives, final drives, and differentials and torque converters
Employment of diesel mechanics is expected to increase about as fast as average for all occupations as freight transportation by truck increases. More trucks will be needed for both local and intercity hauling due to the increased production of goods. Construction vehicles and automobiles with diesel engines will also demand attention during this decade and beyond.