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Diesel & Heavy Equipment Technician Technical Diploma

Program Code: 324121

Graduates of this technical diploma program are equipped to diagnose, service, and repair a variety of diesel powered equipment. Typical careers include construction equipment technician, engine technician, farm equipment technician, fuel injection technician, service technician, and truck driver/diesel technician. This program is ASE Certified to NATEF Standards and is an Associated Equipment Dealers Certified program.

Follow Your Path

Some credits from this technical diploma apply toward the following associate degree(s):
Diesel Equipment Technology, 104121

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Employment Potential

Construction Equipment Technician: diagnoses, services, and repairs a variety of construction equipment such as track type tractors, wheel loaders, and back hoe loaders.

Engine Technician: diagnoses and repairs diesel engines.

Farm Equipment Technician: diagnoses, services, and repairs a variety of diesel-powered agricultural equipment.

Fuel Injection Technician: diagnoses, services, and repairs fuel injection systems.

Service Technician: performs preventive maintenance and regularly scheduled maintenance on equipment to keep it in service.

Truck Driver/Diesel Technician: owns or operates a small fleet and wants to perform his/her own regular and preventive maintenance.

With additional education and/or work experience, graduates may find other opportunities for employment.

• Diesel Equipment Mechanic Instructor
• Diesel Shop Owner
• Sales Representative
• Shop Supervisor
• Technical Service Representative
• Truck Fleet Operator

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Requirements for Program Entry

• Completed application.
• High school transcript or equivalent . ( For a list of equivalents, go to www.nwtc.edu/gettingstarted.)
• Students should have mastered basic math skills
• To be admitted to this program, learners must achieve a prior cumulative high school or college grade point average of 2.6 or higher OR a satisfactory academic skills assessment score. College grade point average must be based on 15 credits or more. To learn more about starting this program, please contact an academic advisor at (920) 498-5444 or (888) 385-6982.

Program Availability

FULL TIMEFall 2017Spring 2018Summer 2018
Sturgeon Bay
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Application Checklist

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Curriculum
Students following the study plan below will complete the Diesel & Heavy Equipment Technician technical diploma in the number of semesters shown.
FIRST SEMESTER
10-103-111
Micro: Windows/Computer Basics
1
10-103-111 MICRO: WINDOWS/COMPUTER BASICS ...Windows desktop elements, help features, folder and file management (create, delete, move, find file), and Search strategies. Blackboard, internet, and e-mail usage.
10-412-100
Diesel Lab Operations Tech
1
10-412-100 DIESEL LAB OPERATIONS ...diesel shop safety, basic equipment operation, rigging and lifting, hand and power precision tools, fasteners and hazard material handling procedures.
10-412-108
Inte Combust Eng Tech-Intro to
1
10-412-108 INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE TECHNOLOGY - INTRO TO ...basic internal combustion (IC) engine types, IC engine classifications and applications, IC engine theory and operation, IC engine construction and careers in IC engine service and repair.
10-412-111
Diesel Engine Service Fund
4
10-412-111 DIESEL ENGINE SERVICE FUNDAMENTALS ...diesel engine service procedures; lubrication, cooling, fuel intake and exhaust systems, bearings, seals and basic diesel engine diagnosis.
10-412-112
Diesel Electrical Systems 1 Te
3
10-412-112 DIESEL ELECTRICAL SYSTEMS 1 TECHNOLOGY ...will cover but not be limited to: electronic components, electrical safety, storage batteries, charging and starting systems. Knowledge, skills and understanding required for employment in the diesel field.
10-412-146
Power Generation 1
2
10-412-146 POWER GENERATION ...this course is designed to familiarize diesel technician students with the basics of home standby and commercial generators. Electrical fundamentals, alternators, permanent magnet generators, circuit breakers, generator switchgear, auto transfer switches and automatic voltage regulators will be covered emphasizing home standby and commercial use generators.
10-804-107
College Mathematics
3
10-804-107 COLLEGE MATHEMATICS ...an introductory level course designed to review and develop fundamental concepts of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, and statistics. Emphasis will be placed on computational skills and applications of rational numbers; problem solving skills with ratios, proportions, and percent; basic principles and application of algebra, geometry, graphing, and statistics; measurement skills in U.S. Customary and Metric Systems; and the use of calculators as a tool. . (Prerequisites: One of the following or the equivalent: Cumulative GPA of 2.6 or greater; satisfactory math and reading assessment scores; 10-834-109, Pre Algebra with a “C” or better; 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing 1 or Intro to College Writing with "B" or better)
10-890-101
College 101
1
10-890-101 COLLEGE 101 ...develops tools and strategies that support success in college. Focuses on study skills, college resources, goal setting, time management, and learning styles. Introduces concepts for self assessing learning and completing an Exit Assessment that provides evidence that learning took place. Students should take this course prior to or during the first semester of their programs.
32-442-352
Welding-Metal Working Proc
2
32-442-352 MANUF/INDUS PROCESSES ...machine trades blueprints, print correlation and precision measuring tools with industry internal process procedures.
SEMESTER TOTAL
18
SECOND SEMESTER
10-412-120
Diesel-Chassis/Susp/Steer Tech
4
10-412-120 DIESEL-CHASSIS/SUSP/STEER TECHNOLOGY ...vehicular steering systems, heavy-duty axles, suspension systems, wheels and tires, coupling systems. (Corequisite: 10-412-100, Diesel-Lab Operations Tech)
10-412-121
Diesel-Brake Systems Technolog
3
10-412-121 DIESEL-BRAKE SYSTEMS TECHNOLOGY ...braking systems, drum brake principles, disc brakes, foundation brake systems, air brakes, anti-lock systems. (Corequisite: 10-412-100, Diesel Lab Operations Tech)
10-412-122
Diesel Preventive Maint Techno
4
10-412-122 DIESEL PREVENTIVE MAINT TECHNOLOGY ...safety terms, maintenance, inspection, lubricants, clutch, brakes, wheels and rims, steering, suspension, electrical, air system, and hydraulic system. (Corequisite: 10-412-100, Diesel Lab Operations Tech)
10-412-123
Diesel-Elect Systems Technolog
3
10-412-123 DIESEL ELECTRICAL SYSTEMS 2 ...will cover but not be limited to: electronic components, electrical safety, storage batteries, charging and starting systems. Knowledge, skills and understanding required for employment in the diesel field. (Prerequisite: 10-412-103, Diesel Electrical Systems 1)
31-801-385
Communicating-Writing
1
31-801-385 COMMUNICATING-WRITING ...writing techniques, memos, letters, descriptions, instructions, and the job-seeking process (Prerequisite: One of the following or the equivalent: Cumulative GPA of 2.6 or greater; satisfactory reading and writing assessment scores OR Prerequisite: 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing 1 with "B" or better)
SEMESTER TOTAL
15
THIRD SEMESTER
10-412-124
Diesel-Electric Eng System Tec
1
10-412-124 DIESEL EQUIPMENT & ENGINE SYSTEMS SOFTWARE ...engine, drive train, chassis, and cab computer systems software.
10-412-134
Diesel Engine Systems Technolo
4
10-412-134 DIESEL ENGINE SYSTEMS TECHNOLOGY ...shop safety, fuel system components, governors, nozzles, American Bosch systems, Robert Bosch systems, Lucas systems, Stanadyne systems, Cummins systems, Detroit Diesel systems, Caterpiller systems, and testing methods. (Prerequisite: 10-412-111, Diesel Engine Ser Fund Tech)
10-412-136
Diesel-Mobile Hydraulic Sys Te
2
10-412-136 DIESEL MOBILE HYDRAULICS SYSTEMS ...mobile hydraulics system components safety, principles of operation, diagnosis, and service.
10-412-137
Diesel-Schematic Interpret Tec
2
10-412-137 DIESEL SCHEMATIC INTERPRETATION ...electronic/hydraulic schematics, applications of schematics, system similarities, components, review of systems operation, practical applications in diagnosing system problems, use of special test equipment/schematics to solve problems. (Prerequisite: 10-412-123, Diesel Electrical Systems 2)
10-412-138
Diesel-Track Drive Systems Tec
2
10-412-138 DIESEL TRACK DRIVE SYSTEMS ...track shop safety, track drive component parts, system operation, inspection, system diagnoses, system repair, system service, and system maintenance. (Corequisite: 10-412-100, Diesel Lab Operations)
10-412-142
Diesel Equip Service/Maint Tec
3
10-412-142 DIESEL EQUIPMENT SERVICE AND MAINTENANCE ...shop safety; service manuals; preventive maintenance forms; federal inspection policy; preventive maintenance for trucks, trailers, engine brakes/retarders, construction, and agricultural equipment; and electronic trouble shooting trees. (Corequisite: 10-412-100, Diesel Lab Operations)
10-419-169
Hydraulics Technology
2
10-419-169 HYDRAULICS TECHNOLOGY ...will cover the following but not be limited to hydraulics principles, system schematics and symbols, pumps, valves, cylinders, motors, accumulators, filters, reservoirs, hydraulic seals, fluids, maintenance, and safety rules.
10-458-100
CDL License Training
1
10-458-100 CDL LICENSE TRAINING ...this course is designed to prepare students for the Wisconsin Class A Commercial Drivers License (CDL) pre-trip inspection, air brake and skills test. Preparation will also be given for taking the State DOT written test including general knowledge, air brakes and combination vehicles. (Diesel Medium & Heavy Truck Associate Degree and Technical Diploma Prerequisite: 10-412-158, Chassis Sub-Systems)
SEMESTER TOTAL
17
FOURTH SEMESTER
10-412-140
Diesel Engine Troubleshoot Tec
4
10-412-140 DIESEL ENGINE TROUBLESHOOT TECHNOLOGY ...diesel engine troubleshooting steps, major check points when inspecting or operating a diesel engine, causes of poor engine performance and failure, perform engine diagnostic tests, dyno test an engine. (Prerequisite: 10-412-111, Diesel Engine Ser Fund Tech)
10-412-141
Diesel-Power Trains Technology
5
10-412-141 DIESEL-POWER TRAINS TECHNOLOGY ...safety, power train components, coupling systems, hydraulic retarders, mechanical transmissions, drive shafts, final drives, gear reduction boxes, planetary gear sets, chain-type final drive, belt drive systems.
10-412-145
Diesel-Refrig/AC Technology
3
10-412-145 MOBILE HVAC ...safety; basics of air conditioning; refrigerants and oil; basic system and its functions; environmental safety practices; inspection, diagnosing, and using service tools. (Corequisite: 10-412-100, Diesel Lab Operations)
10-809-197
Contemporary Amer Society
3
10-809-197 CONTEMPORARY AMER SOCIETY...the major social institutions within the American society: government, family, education, religion, and economic system. (Prerequisite: One of the following or the equivalent: Cumulative GPA of 2.6 or greater; satisfactory reading and writing assessment scores; 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing or 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing 1 with "B" or better)
31-801-386
Communicating Effectively
1
31-801-386 COMMUNICATING EFFECTIVELY ...interpersonal communication, including the function of interpersonal communication, listening techniques, perception, non-verbal communication, language, self-concept, conflict resolution and customer service. (Prerequisite: One of the following or the equivalent: Cumulative GPA of 2.6 or greater; satisfactory reading assessment scores OR Prerequisite: 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing 1 with "B" or better)
SEMESTER TOTAL
16
TOTAL CREDITS
66
Curriculum Note
The credit for 10-890-101, College 101, is an institutional Requirement for graduation. Consequently, it is not part of the program credit requirements, but must be passed with a C or better.

Program Outcomes

• Apply hydraulic systems fundamentals.
• Manage chassis, steering, and suspension systems.
• Explain diesel engine systems.
• Explain diesel engine service fundamentals.
• Describe the mechanics of track drive systems.
• Perform required preventative maintenance.
• Use welding and machine tools.
• Maintain brake systems.
• Analyze electronic/electrical systems.
• Manage heating - AC systems.
• Interpret schematic drawings.
• Comprehend power train systems.
• Diagnose engine systems.
• Service vehicle systems.

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Accreditation

• The NWTC Diesel and Heavy Equipment Technician program is ASE Certified to NATEF (National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation) Standards. Additionally, all instructional staff in the NWTC Diesel and Heavy Equipment Programs are, at a minimum, Master, ASE Certified Technicians
• The NWTC Diesel and Heavy Equipment Technician program is an AED Foundation (Associated Equipment Dealers) Certified Program.

Study Abroad Opportunities

The International Studies staff continually seeks opportunities for students to travel abroad for educational experiences that may be offered in association with program courses. To find out more about which of your program courses may offer an opportunity during this academic year, contact your academic advisor.

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