Diesel Power Technology

Training to power your career

Diesel Power Technology

Put your career in drive

Diesel Power Technology

Put your career in drive

Are you interested in a career in diesel power? SVC’s exceptional Diesel Power Technology program will provide you with the skills you need to get a great job in this varied and interesting field.

Program Options

SVC’s Diesel Power Technology program is designed to prepare you for employment in this dynamic and growing field. Diagnosis and repair of heavy trucks, industrial and agricultural machinery, transit, marine, and generator power sets are just a few of the career pathways graduates can take upon concluding the program. This efficient energy source is widely used and provides jobs for those who enjoy working on heavy-duty equipment and the challenges of troubleshooting and diagnosing the ever-increasing use of electronic controls in the diesel industry.

Degree Paths

Diesel Power Technology, AAS
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Program Courses

Courses List
DSL 101 - Diesel Electrical Theory

DSL 101 - Diesel Electrical Theory

(4)
Introduction to basic electrical concepts of voltage, amperage, and resistance and their relationship to each other in a circuit (Ohm’s Law) as applied primarily to heavy-duty equipment. Includes digital multi-meter familiarization, working with simulation boards, and building basic electrical circuits. Prerequisite: CSS 103 or concurrent enrollment.

DSL 102 - Diesel Drivetrains I

DSL 102 - Diesel Drivetrains I

(8)
Introduction to the diesel industry with an emphasis on safety. Introduction to heavy-duty vehicle drivetrain systems. Theory of bearings and seals. Wheel bearing theory and adjustment. Theory, diagnosis, and repair of vehicle foundation brake and air system components. Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in DSL 101 or 201; CSS 103 or concurrently enrolled.

DSL 103 - Diesel Drivetrains II

DSL 103 - Diesel Drivetrains II

(13)
Continuation of DSL 102. Theory and shop application of wheels and tires, front (non-drive) axles, steering, suspensions and alignments; adjustment of clutches, both push and pull type, and manual and self-adjusting; basic hydraulic systems. Vehicle inspection and out-of-service criteria. Prerequisite: DSL 102 and MATH 96 or concurrent enrollment.

DSL 104 - Diesel Drivetrains III

DSL 104 - Diesel Drivetrains III

(13)
Continuation of DSL 103. Theory and repair of manual transmissions, drive axles, differentials, and drivelines. Introduction to automatic transmissions and their electronic control systems, and auto-shift manual transmissions. Theory and service diagnostics of ABS brakes. Theory and servicing of vehicle air-conditioning systems. Preventative maintenance summary. Develop skills regarding teamwork and customer service with a diverse and multicultural population. Prerequisite: DSL 103 and WMATH 100 or concurrent enrollment.

DSL 199 - Diesel Cooperative Education

DSL 199 - Diesel Cooperative Education

(1-15)
Supervised work experience in the field. Includes a weekly seminar. Prerequisite: Instructor permission required.

DSL 201 - Diesel Applied Electrical

DSL 201 - Diesel Applied Electrical

(4)
Focuses on practical applications of electrical circuits in heavy-duty equipment. Emphasis on the operation and testing of battery, starting and charging systems, wiring, connectors, circuit protection devices, gauges and warning systems, as well as wiring diagrams and symbols. Prerequisite: DSL 101.

DSL 202 - Diesel Engines I

DSL 202 - Diesel Engines I

(8)
Introduction to the diesel engine and its importance to the economy. Covers shop safety, hand and power tools, precision measuring tools, threaded fasteners, torque and tension. Basics of diesel engine operating theory and design, including all internal engine mechanical components. Introduction to preventative maintenance. Mathematics as it relates to the diesel industry will be incorporated. Shop projects include removal, teardown, and inspection of a modern diesel engine. Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in DSL 101 or 201; CSS 103 or concurrently enrolled.

DSL 203 - Diesel Engines II

DSL 203 - Diesel Engines II

(13)
Continuation of DSL 202. Covers theory and servicing of engine support systems, including cooling, lubrication, and breathing systems. Introduction to diesel fuels and hydro-mechanical fuel systems, including pump-line-nozzle and various unit injector systems, governors and proper adjustments. Covers failure analysis and troubleshooting as applied to mechanical engines and fuel systems. Use of engine dyno to demonstrate engine break-in and performance characteristics. Shop work to include reassembly of engine projects started fall quarter, with the intent to run them. Prerequisite: DSL 202 and MATH 96 or higher or concurrent enrollment.

DSL 204 - Diesel Engines III

DSL 204 - Diesel Engines III

(13)
Continuation of DSL 203. Introduction to vehicle computer systems. Emphasis on electronically controlled fuel systems on Caterpillar, Cummins, Detroit Diesel, and International-Navistar engines. Covers tune-ups and diagnostics using PC based troubleshooting software. Preventative maintenance summary. Prerequisite: DSL 203; WMATH 100 or concurrent enrollment.

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Outcomes

As a graduate of our Diesel Power Technology program you will be prepared to:

 

  • Demonstrate the skills and knowledge required for successful entry-level employment in the diesel power industry.
  • Understand and apply safe working practices in the lab/shop environ­ment including proper handling and disposal of hazardous materials typically found in a shop environment.
  • Apply fundamentals of diesel service training, including the basics of diagnostics and repair, pre-delivery inspection and warranty re­pair procedures.
  • Demonstrate the skills to troubleshoot and repair the fol­lowing mechanical systems: electronics, hydraulics, power train, engines, brakes, power transmission, pneumatics, and chassis systems.
  • Demonstrate the ability to accurately document work performed.
  • Perform repair procedures using proper hand and power tools in a safe manner.
  • Operate precision diagnostic and repair equipment.
  • Have the ability to access service and parts information via all industry formats including print, CD-ROM and the Internet.
  • Understand and practice good communication and public relations skills with customers and colleagues.
  • Demonstrate critical thinking, teamwork, communication, inter­cultural appreciation, and technical and information literacy skills.

Costs, Financing & Success

Program Costs

Program cost information available for Certificate Options only

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