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.
DET 1213—Hydraulic Brake Systems. A course to develop skills and knowledge related to the diagnosis and repair of hydraulic brake systems. Includes instruction in hydraulic and mechanical systems, power assist units, and antilock braking systems. One hour lecture and four hours laboratory. (3)
DET 1223—Electrical/Electronic Systems. A course to develop skills and knowledge related to the diagnosis, service, and repair of electrical and electronic systems on diesel engines. Includes instruction in general systems diagnosis, starting and charging system repair, and auxiliary electrical systems repair. One hour lecture and four hours laboratory. (3)
DET 1234—Engine Rebuilding (Medium/Heavy Duty Applications). A course to provide instruction and practice in the rebuilding of diesel engines used in medium to heavy duty commercial applications. Includes instruction in removing and installing engines, disassembly and inspection, and rebuilding of cylinders, heads, pistons, and other parts. Two hours lecture and four hours laboratory. (4)
DET 1313—Diesel Fuel Systems. A course to provide skills and knowledge to fundamentals of diesel fuel systems operation, maintenance, and repair. Includes instruction in operating principles, general diagnosis and repair, and mechanical fuel injector diagnosis and repair. One hour lecture and four hours laboratory. (3)
DET 1513—Hydraulics. A course to provide instruction and practice in the basic operation and maintenance of hydraulic systems associated with diesel powered equipment. Includes instruction in safety, system operation, seals, and cylinders, and filters. One hour lecture and four hours laboratory. (3)
DET 1613—Preventive Maintenance and Service. A course to provide practice in the preventive maintenance of diesel powered equipment. Includes instruction in general preventive maintenance of vehicles and equipment. One hour lecture and four hours laboratory. (3)
DET 1713—Power Trains. A course to develop skills and knowledge related to the diagnosis, service, maintenance, and repair of power train units on diesel equipment. Includes instruction on clutch, manual transmissions, drive shafts, and drive axles. One hour lecture and four hours laboratory. (3)
DET 2113—Welding for Diesel Equipment. A basic course in welding and cut-ting techniques for diesel equipment mechanics. Includes instruction in fundamental procedures and safety, oxyacetylene welding and cutting, shielded meta-larc welding, and metal inert gas welding procedures. One hour lecture and four hours laboratory. (3)
DET 2236—Auxiliary Systems Components. A course to provide advanced skills and service of auxiliary systems on a diesel engine. Includes instruction and practice in servicing and repair of the air induction, air/hydraulic starting, engine brake, and cooling systems. Two hours lecture and eight hours laboratory. (6)