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Diesel Medium and Heavy Truck Technology Associate Degree

Program Code: 104123

Take your diesel technician education a step further with the Diesel Medium and Heavy Truck Technology program. You will prepare for entry-level employment as a diesel truck technician working in over-the-road truck fleet maintenance, dealership service, or repair shop service. Plus, you will complete general studies coursework that may be applied toward a bachelor's degree. This associate degree will focus on basic skills and knowledge in diesel engines, diesel fuel systems, truck brakes and chassis, steering and suspension, climate control, hydraulic applications, electronic technology, transport refrigeration, and truck preventive maintenance.

Follow Your Path

All credits from the following technical diploma(s) apply toward this associate degree:
• Diesel Medium and Heavy Truck Technician, 314128

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Employment Potential

• Diesel Mechanic

• Diesel Technician

• Fleet Mechanic

• Diesel Sales

• Diesel Parts Technician

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

• Diesel Shop Service Writer
• Shop Foreperson
• Parts Manager
• Service Manager
• Factory Representative

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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.)
• High school background in math, science and technology education would be beneficial.
• As a requirement for program entry, an Academic Skills Assessment (Accuplacer) with appropriate benchmark scores is necessary. Program Benchmarks are Arithmetic: 65; Reading Comprehension: 55; Sentence Skills: 60. Students not meeting these benchmarks or the equivalent will be required to establish an individualized academic plan. Students may have the opportunity to enroll in selected program core courses while completing their individualized plan. Upon completion of the plan, students will be eligible for all program courses. However, higher test scores will lead to greater success in core program courses. To learn more about these assessments and program benchmark scores, please contact a counselor (920) 498-5444 or (888) 385-6982.

Program Availability

FULL TIMESummer 2017Fall 2017Spring 2018
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Curriculum
Students following the study plan below will complete the Diesel Medium and Heavy Truck Technology associate degree in the number of semesters shown.
FIRST SEMESTER
10-412-150
Intro to Service Fundamentals
2
10-412-150 INTRO TO SERVICE FUNDAMENTALS ...introduces the auto and diesel shop environment, use of manufacturer's service information and literature, handling hazardous materials, and emphasizes shop safety and general shop practices. Student will successfully complete industry standard safety training by completing OSHA safety training. Course Typically Offered: Fall
10-412-151
Intro to Diesel Mechanics
2
10-412-151 INTRO TO DIESEL MECHANICS ...introduces the student to the tools and equipment used in a heavy duty diesel shop, diesel shop work orders, vehicle classifications, fasteners and repair hardware, rigging and lifting, and basic diesel shop equipment operation. (Corequisite: 10-412-150, Intro to Service Fundamentals) Course Typically Offered: Fall
10-412-152
Schematic Interpretation
2
10-412-152 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. Course Typically Offered: Fall
10-412-153
Intro to Electrical Systems
1
10-412-153 INTRO TO ELECTRICAL SYSTEMS ...focus on the theory of electricity. This will include studying Ohms, Kirchoff's, and Newton's Laws and how they apply to the circuits on various electrical systems on a vehicle. Students will apply these theories to troubleshoot simple circuits. (Corequisite: 10-412-151, Intro to Diesel Mechanics) Course Typically Offered: Fall
10-412-170
Intro to Transporation Welding
1
10-412-170 INTRO TO TRANSPORTATION WELDING ...focuses on welding and cutting safety; develops skills in welding and cutting of metals used in the transportation trades. Methods of welding include gas metal arc welding (MIG) in the horizontal, vertical, and overhead positions. Methods of cutting include oxy-fuel and plasma arc cutting of metals. Students will learn to set up and maintain welding equipment and weld and cut a variety of types and thicknesses of materials commonly used in the transportation trades. Course Typically Offered: Fall
10-412-171
Transportation Welding
1
10-412-171 TRANSPORTATION WELDING ...covers common techniques and procedures for SMAW, GMAW, and FCAW welding. Topics include welding metal from 3/16" to 3/4" thick, cutting metal with plasma and oxy-fuel, metal identification, selection of electrodes and American Welding Society symbols. Students will also develop skills in working with other. (Corequisite: 10-412-170, Intro to Transportation Welding) Course Typically Offered: Fall
10-801-196
Oral/Interpersonal Comm
3
10-801-196 ORAL/INTERPERSONAL COMM...the communication process, perception and self-concept, language, listening, nonverbal communication, interpersonal relationships, communication in groups and public communication; prepare and deliver an oral presentation. (Prerequisite: Accuplacer Sentence Skills=60 AND Accuplacer Reading=55 OR ACT-English =16 AND ACT Reading =15 OR 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing or 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing 1 with "B" or better OR equivalent)
10-804-123
Math w Business Apps
3
10-804-123 MATH W BUSINESS APPS...real numbers; basic operations; proportions/one variable; percents, simple/compound interest; annuity; apply math concepts to purchasing/buying process, selling process; and basic statistics with business/consumer applications. (Prerequisites: Accuplacer Arithmetic=65 or ACT-Math =15 or 10-834-109, Pre Algebra AND Accuplacer Reading=55 or ACT-Reading=15 or 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing 1 or Intro to College Writing with "B" or better OR equivalent)
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. 1 cr. Course Typically Offered: Summer/Fall/J-Session/Spring
SEMESTER TOTAL
16
SECOND SEMESTER
10-412-154
Diesel Heavy Duty Electrical 1
2
10-412-154 DIESEL HEAVY DUTY ELECTRICAL 1 ...focuses on the fundamentals of electricity, batteries starting circuits, charging circuits, and electrical circuits found on trucks and tractors. Covers testing and troubleshooting procedures for various systems presently used in the industry, as well as how to perform repairs. (Prerequisite: 10-412-152, Schematic Interpretation; 10-412-153, Intro to Electrical Systems) Course Typically Offered: Spring
10-412-155
Diesel Heavy Duty Electrical 2
2
10-412-155 DIESEL HEAVY DUTY ELECTRICAL 2 ...focuses on troubleshooting and diagnostics of electrical systems used on heavy duty vehicles. Students will diagnose and repair electronic engines, transmissions and ABS systems. Wiring schematic reading and wiring harness repair will be covered. (Corequisite: 10-412-155, Diesel Heavy Duty Electrical 1) Course Typically Offered: Spring
10-412-156
Hydraulic/Pneumatic Systems
2
10-412-156 HYDRAULIC/PNEUMATIC SYSTEMS ...covers but is not limited to hydraulics principles, system schematics and symbols, pumps, valves, cylinders, motors, accumulators, filters, reservoirs, hydraulic seals, fluids, maintenance, and safety rules. (Prerequisites: 10-412-150, Intro to Service Fundamentals; 10-412-152, Schematic Interpretation) Course Typically Offered: Spring
10-412-157
Heating Ventilation & Air Cond
3
10-412-157 HEATING VENTILATION & AIR CONDITIONING ...develops skills required to service commercial vehicle heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems. Students practice proper procedures for handling R134A Freon and for servicing HFC 134A systems. Students will be prepared to take the Federal 609 Certification test. (Prerequisites: 10-412-150, Intro to Service Fundamentals; 10-412-152, Schematic Interpretation, Corequisite: 10-412-154, Diesel Heavy Duty Electrical 1) Course Typically Offered: Spring
10-412-158
Chassis Sub-Systems
3
10-412-158 CHASSIS SUB-SYSTEMS ...focus on the sub system of various OEM chassis including compressed air for brakes, avoidance collision system, and chassis configurations. Students will use OEM software to obtain OEM specifications for each sub system. (Prerequisites: 10-412-150, Intro to Service Fundamentals; 10-412-152, Schematic Interpretation; Corequisite: 10-412-154, Diesel Heavy Duty Electrical 1) Course Typically Offered: Spring
10-809-172
Intro to Diversity Studies
3
10-809-172 INTRO TO DIVERSITY STUDIES...basic American values of justice and equality by teaching vocabulary, history of immigration/conquest, transcultural communication, legal liability, multicultural majority/minority relations, ageism, sexism, gender, sexual orientation, the disabled/ADA. (Prerequisite: Accuplacer Sentence Skills=60 AND Accuplacer Reading=55 OR ACT-English =16 AND ACT Reading =15 OR 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing or 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing 1 with "B" or better OR equivalent)
SEMESTER TOTAL
15
THIRD SEMESTER
10-412-159
Engine Sub-Systems
3
10-412-159 ENGINE SUB-SYSTEMS ...focus on the sub system of the various OEM engine to include air intake, exhaust system, cooling and oil system. Students will work with OEM literature for follow flow and diagnostic procedures for each system. (Prerequisite: 10-412-158, Chassis Sub-Systems) Course Typically Offered: Fall/Spring
10-412-160
Diesel Electronic Management
2
10-412-160 DIESEL ELECTRONIC MANAGEMENT ...focuses on electronic computer controlled engine management system function, component identification and computer-based diagnostic tool operation. Lab demonstrations cover component identification, function and testing of the engine management systems. Introduction to proper operation and use of electronic testing with the use of a digital volt ohm meter. (Prerequisite: 10-412-158, Chassis Sub-Systems) Course Typically Offered: Fall/Spring
10-412-161
Engine Tune-Up
1
10-412-161 ENGINE TUNE-UP ...focuses on engine tune up to optimize fuel mileage and performance of the engine. Students will perform an engine tune up on various engines following the OEM procedures utilizing specialty tools and equipment. (Prerequisite: 10-412-158, Chassis Sub-Systems) Course Typically Offered: Fall/Spring
10-412-162
Engine Performance
3
10-412-162 ENGINE PERFORMANCE ...focuses on key performance and troubleshooting skills and methodology. Student will be using OEM testing and troubleshooting process to ensure the engine functioning to OEM specs. Computer based diagnostic tools will be uses on trucks during road test situations. (Prerequisite: 10-412-158, Chassis Sub-Systems) Course Typically Offered: Fall/Spring
10-412-163
Diesel Engine Rebuilding
3
10-412-163 DIESEL ENGINE REBUILDING ...students will disassemble, identify each part of a modern diesel engine, measure all wear points and make reuse recommendations. Students will also reassemble an electronic controlled diesel engine. Covers component analysis, function and operation theories of the diesel engine. (Prerequisite: 10-412-158, Chassis Sub-Systems) Course Typically Offered: Fall/Spring
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. Course Typically Offered: Fall
10-801-198
Speech
3
10-801-198 SPEECH...fundamentals of effective oral presentation to small and large groups: topic selection, audience analysis, methods of organization, research, structuring evidence and support, delivery techniques, and the listening process. (Prerequisite: Accuplacer Sentence Skills=60 AND Accuplacer Reading=55 OR ACT-English =16 AND ACT Reading =15 OR 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing or 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing 1 with "B" or better OR equivalent)
SEMESTER TOTAL
16
FOURTH SEMESTER
10-412-164
Diesel Steering & Suspension
2
10-412-164 DIESEL STEERING & SUSPENSION ...focuses on heavy-duty truck suspensions and steering systems. Students will learn about the operation, maintenance and overhaul of various types of heavy-duty suspensions. Provides technicians with the opportunity to perform total vehicle alignments. Also covers testing and troubleshooting of power steering systems and steering complaints. (Prerequisites: 10-412-158, Chassis Sub-Systems; 10-412-156, Hydraulic/Pneumatic Systems) Course Typically Offered: Fall/Spring
10-412-165
Transmission and Clutches
2
10-412-165 TRANSMISSION AND CLUTCHES ...covers procedures for overhauling, adjusting and troubleshooting heavy-duty transmission, clutches and various final drives found on over-the-road trucks and tractors. Students will work on modern manual and automated transmission and use skills to diagnose and repair transmission. (Prerequisite: 10-412-158, Chassis Sub-Systems) Course Typically Offered: Fall/Spring
10-412-166
Differential and Driveline
2
10-412-166 DIFFERENTIAL AND DRIVELINE ...focuses on the operation and maintenance of the power train. Students will learn how the power flows through the differential and power divider. Covers calculation of the change driveline angles. (Prerequisite: 10-412-158, Chassis Sub-Systems) Course Typically Offered: Fall/Spring
10-412-167
Diesel Heavy Duty Brake System
3
10-412-167 DIESEL HEAVY DUTY BRAKE SYSTEMS ...Focuses on the air brake system component operation and maintenance for trucks and tractor/trailers. Students will learn to perform overhaul procedures for cam, wedge and disc air operated foundation brakes, as well as heavy-duty hydraulic brakes. It provides the opportunity for students to test and troubleshoot the entire air and hydraulic brake systems, including ABS systems found in trucks. (Prerequisite: 10-412-158, Chassis Sub-Systems) Course Typically Offered: Fall/Spring
10-412-168
Diesel Preventive Maintenance
3
10-412-168 DIESEL PREVENTIVE MAINTENANCE ...focuses on the techniques for performing preventive maintenance and DOT criteria for performing annual inspections. Discussion includes the importance of vehicle maintenance and inspections. Students learn record-keeping requirements and earn an annual inspection certificate upon successful completion of the test at the conclusion of the class. (Prerequisites: 10-412-158, Chassis Sub-Systems; Corequisite: 10-412-164, Diesel Steering & Suspension, 10-412-165, Transmission and Clutches, 10-412-166, Differential and Driveline, 10-412-167, Diesel Heavy Duty Brake Systems) Course Typically Offered: Fall/Spring
10-809-199
Psychology Of Human Relations
3
10-809-199 PSYCHOLOGY OF HUMAN RELATIONS ...decision making, motivation, conflict resolution, learning strategies, growth and adjustment, diversity, psychological theories, relationships, psychological disorders, stress, career analysis, social psychology, and lifespan development. (Prerequisite: Accuplacer Sentence Skills=60 AND Accuplacer Reading=55 OR ACT-English =16 AND ACT Reading =15 OR 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing or 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing 1 with "B" or better OR equivalent) Course Typically Offered: Summer/Fall/J-Session/Spring
SEMESTER TOTAL
15
TOTAL CREDITS
62
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

• Diagnose major systems in the diesel truck industry.
• Repair major systems in the diesel truck industry.
• Service major systems in the diesel truck industry.
• Practice personal and professional work habits.
• Document complaint, cause and correction.

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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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