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Diesel Mechanics Technology

Certificate

PURPOSE: The Diesel Mechanics Technology curriculum is designed to introduce the fundamentals of diesel equipment repair and provide instruction in hydraulic systems, welding, diesel engine overhaul and tune-up, electrical circuits, power train maintenance, and fuel injection. The Diesel Mechanics Technology program will give graduates a practical background in basic diesel equipment technology principles. The curriculum provides practical training and the option of on-the-job experience through cooperative education. The demand for trained diesel mechanic personnel and technicians is increasing.

OCCUPATIONAL OBJECTIVES: The Diesel Mechanics Technology curriculum prepares graduates for employment in any of the following occupations: Diesel Equipment Repair, Diesel Truck Repair, Supervisor, Shop Foreman, Heavy Duty Repair, Purchasing Agent, Salesperson, Power Train Repair, Fuel Injection Repair, Diesel Engine Repair, and Automotive Diesel Repair.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS: General college curricular admission

PROGRAM NOTES: Students are strongly encouraged to meet with the program head either before registering for their first semester or early in their first semester of study. Students will be required to furnish clear lens safety glasses, leather work footwear, and proper clothing for working in the lab.

COMPUTER COMPETENCY REQUIREMENT: Students in this program will meet the college’s computer competency requirement by successfully completing ITE 115. Students can also meet this requirement by passing the college’s computer competency exam, administered in the testing centers on each campus, in which case they will receive college credit for ITE 115. Students not passing the computer competency exam may retake the exam only once.

GAINFUL EMPLOYMENT DISCLOSURE INFORMATION: Please see www.reynolds.edu/curriculum/Gainful%20Employment/GE_Info_920.aspx to access gainful employment disclosure information for this program.

COURSE

TITLE

LEC.
HRS.

LAB.
HRS.

CRS. 
CRE.

DSL 152

Diesel Power Trains, Chassis and Suspension

2

4

4

WEL 120

Fundamentals  of Welding

1

3

2

SDV 100

College Success Skills

1

0

1

DSL 143

Diesel Truck  Electrical Systems

2

4

4

DSL 150

Mobile Hydraulics  and Pneumatics

2

2

3

ENG 111 or 
ENG 137

College Composition I  or Communication Processes

3

0

3

TOTAL

11

13

17

DSL 176

Transportation  Air Conditioning

1

2

2

DSL 126

Diesel Engine Reconditioning

3

6

6

DSL 131

Diesel Fuel Systems  and Tune-up

2

4

4

DSL 160

Air Brake Systems

2

2

3

ITE 115

Introduction to Computer Applications and Concepts

3

0

3

TOTAL

11

14

18

DSL 1971

Cooperative Education or Approved Elective

0

15

3

TOTAL

0

15

3

Total Minimum Credits for Certificate in  Diesel Mechanics Technology  38

03.12.15

1 Approved electives include MEC 175 and other courses as approved by the program head.

 

DIESEL

DSL 126 Diesel Engine Reconditioning 6 cr.

Provides basic knowledge of the construction, design, and application of selected modern diesel engines and their components. Covers induction and exhaust systems, cooling and lubricating systems, and fuel injection and governing systems. Provides opportunity to disassemble, inspect, recondition, reassemble, and test selected engines.Lecture 3 hours.Laboratory 6 hours.Total 9 hours per week.

DSL 131 Diesel Fuel Systems and Tune-Up 4 cr.

Teaches maintenance, adjustment, testing, and general repair of the typical fuel injection components used on non-automotive diesel engines. Includes engine and fuel system tune-up procedures and troubleshooting using current diagnostic equipment.Lecture 2 hours.Laboratory 4 hours.Total 6 hours per week.

DSL 142 Transportation Electrical Systems II 2 cr.

Studies basic operational theory of electrical systems used in public transportation vehicles. Covers electrical symbols, schematics, troubleshooting procedures, as well as the function, construction, and operation of the electrical system and its components.Prerequisite: Sponsorship by a public transit authority and school approval. Part II of II.Lecture 2 hours per week.

DSL 143 Diesel Truck Electrical Systems 4 cr.

Studies the theory and operation of various truck and tractor electrical systems. Covers starting, charging, lighting, and multiplexing systems. Uses modern equipment for measurement, adjustment and troubleshooting, and electrical and electronic systems.Lecture 2 hours.Laboratory 4 hours.Total 6 hours per week.

DSL 150 Mobile Hydraulics and Pneumatics 3 cr.

Introduces the theory, operation, and maintenance of hydraulic/pneumatic systems and devices used in mobile applications. Emphasizes the properties of fluid, fluid flow, fluid states, and the application of Bernoulli's equation.Lecture 2 hours.Laboratory 2 hours.Total 4 hours per week.

DSL 152 Diesel Power Trains, Chassis, and Suspension 4 cr.

Studies the chassis, suspension, steering, and brake systems found on medium and heavy-duty diesel trucks. Covers construction features, operating principles, and service procedures for such power train components as clutches, multi-speed transmissions, propeller shafts, and rear axles. Teaches operations of modern equipment to correct and adjust abnormalities.Lecture 2 hours.Laboratory 4 hours.Total 6 hours per week.

DSL 160 Air Brake Systems 3 cr.

Studies the basic operational theory of pneumatic and air brake systems as used in heavy-duty and public transportation vehicles. Covers various air control valves, test system components, and advanced air system schematics. Teaches proper service and preventative maintenance of system.Lecture 2 hours.Laboratory 2 hours.Total 4 hours per week.

DSL 176 Transportation Air Conditioning 2 cr.

Studies fundamentals of transportation air conditioning. Includes repair, service, and troubleshooting of the refrigeration systems used in road vehicles and heavy equipment.Lecture 1 hour.Laboratory 2 hours.Total 3 hours per week.

DSL 197 Cooperative Education in Diesel Mechanics Technology 3 cr.

Provides supervised on-the-job training for pay in approved business, industrial, and service firms coordinated by the college.Laboratory 15 hours per week

Name Program Email Phone
Joey Hedrick Diesel Mechanics Tech C jhedrick@reynolds.edu 523-5951

Common Job Titles1: Bus Mechanic; Diesel Mechanic; Diesel Technician; Fleet Mechanic; General Repair Mechanic; Mechanic; Service Technician; Trailer Mechanic; Transit Mechanic; Truck Mechanic


Labor Market Statistics (Richmond, MSA)

Projected number of jobs by 2026: 1,323

Current Wage Range (Entry - Experienced): $35,900 - $55,500


Green Occupation "Green occupations will likely change as a result of the green economy. Green economy activities and technologies are increasing the demand for occupations, shaping the work and worker requirements needed for occupational performance, or generating new and emerging occupations." -- O*NET

1 This program may prepare you for one or more of the listed jobs; however, graduates may not be qualified for all of the jobs listed in this section.

Reynolds Community College makes every attempt to provide students with the best, most accuarate information possible. The data was sourced from external agencies (O*NET and JobsEQ) on February 08, 2017.