Total credit hours: 68
The Diesel & Heavy Equipment Technology curriculum prepares individuals for employment as entry-level transportation service technicians. The program provides an introduction to diesel & heavy equipment industry careers and increases student awareness of the diverse technologies associated with this dynamic and challenging field.
This program that prepares individuals to apply technical knowledge and skills to repair, service, and maintain diesel engines in vehicles such as Heavy Duty Trucks over one ton classification, buses, ships, railroad locomotives, and equipment; as well as stationary diesel engines in electrical generators and related equipment.
Course work may include transportation systems theory, braking systems, climate control, design parameters, automatic and manual transmissions and drive trains, electrical/electronic systems, engine repair, engine performance, environmental regulations, materials, product finish, safety, steering/suspension, transmission/transaxles, heating and air condition systems, and sustainable transportation.
Graduates of the curriculum should be prepared to take professional licensure exams, and to enter careers as entry-level technicians in the transportation industry.
Upon successful completion of this program, the student should be able to:
- Perform the duties of an entry level technician as it relates to workplace safety, hazardous materials, environmental regulations, hand tools, service information, basic concepts, vehicle systems, and common transportation industry terminology.
- Manage the day-to-day responsibility of an entry-level technician by managing time effectively, working effectively and ethically with others, demonstrating dependability, and completing tasks satisfactorily.
- Identify, diagnose, and state proper and safe procedure for repair of hybrid, alternative fuel, and other green technology systems.
- Describe the process of operation for all major systems in heavy equipment vehicles.
- Analyze and diagnose automotive system malfunctions and repair or replace defective components.
In addition to Davidson-Davie requirements and course objectives, there are professional standards that encompass communication, motor skills, sensory and cognitive ability and professional conduct that are essential for the competent study and practice of this program. Transportation Technology Technical Standards (PDF opens in new window)
See below for an example of a full time pathway.