Gasoline & Diesel Engines Service & Repair
Students learn fundamentals of engine repair and operation by learning the various components that make up the internal combustion engine. Then students will work on diesel engines, they will learn all the parts, what they do and build the entire engine. Lastly once students have built and torn down engines, students will move onto electrical diagnostics, fuel system tests and valve adjustments.
Diesel Truck Manual Transmissions
Students in this lab are learning the theories and principals of diesel transmissions. Students will completely disassemble and learn all the parts: what they do, how to troubleshoot, diagnose and spot wear and tear. There are a lot of moving pieces in a manual transmission, and everyone needs to go back in the case in the order it came out. Then students will completely reassemble the transmission.
Diesel Truck Brake Systems & Chassis
This course begins with a fundamental overview of brakes, including brake theory, foundation, and types of brakes along with the air supply system. Students are introduced to a variety of tools used for diagnosing concerns with the brake system. This course also covers hydraulic brake systems, ABS electronic systems, automatic traction control, power assist units, and high pressure brake system diagnostics. This is very important, as a full tractor trailer can weigh up to 80,000 pounds. That’s a lot of weight to stop in a short distance sometimes.
Diesel Truck Steering & Suspension Systems
The course introduces students to the diagnosis and service of wheels and tires, front hub assemblies, steering linkage, gear boxes, steering column, power steering pumps, and rear suspension systems and alignment. These trucks need to be on safe on the road, so knowing how the suspension works is key to safety.
Automotive Climate Control Systems and Repair
HVAC: Upon completion of this course, students will have learned the technology principles of automotive heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) through diagnosis and service of HVAC systems and sub systems, refrigerant systems and electronic climate control systems. Students will have an understanding of EPA rules and regulations. There are different types of refrigerants in the market today and you will learn how to handle these. In today’s system the vehicles can come with a dual zone system which means driver and the passengers have their own controls. When refrigerants flow it changes from a gas to a liquid and from hot to cold, so as you learn how this happens, you will also learn how to diagnose these systems.
Diesel Hydraulic Systems
Students learn the fundamentals of hydraulic theory, understanding and interpreting the schematics, symbols, and hydraulic and hydrostatic system operation, troubleshooting and repair. Students will learn the proper procedures to safely work on the systems and will build and test hydraulic systems using common hydraulic system components, and will diagnose faults in the system. Lastly the students will learn the proper inspection and maintenance procedures of hydraulic systems.
Vehicle Electronic Systems and Technology
During our Electronic Fundamentals and Applications classes, our students learn the science of electrical principals and electricity and how they are related to automotive technology. You cannot see electricity in a vehicle, so you need to understand how it flows through a circuit and what it does. Students will learn Ohms law, and with that understanding use a digital multi meter to read voltage, resistance and amps. By understanding the basics you will learn to diagnose all electrical components in a vehicle using different diagnostic tools. These tools include Multi meters, oscilloscopes and hand held scanners that plug into the vehicles computer system which can read as well as control components in an electrical system.
Diesel Truck Transport Refrigeration
In this course the students will combine what they have learned about diesel engines and HVAC systems and apply that knowledge on an industrial scale. Students will learn the fundamentals of industrial refrigeration and it’s applications in the trucking industry. These units are used to transport perishable goods by maintaining the proper temperature to prevent spoilage. The students will learn how to maintain, diagnose, and repair transport refrigeration units in order to ensure they are operating properly.
Diesel Truck Preventative Maintenance
The students will learn how to properly perform Department of Transportation (DOT) inspections based off the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) guidelines. These inspections are used to evaluate the vehicle and identify to ensure that it meets the Federal safety standards to be on the road. The students will also learn the manufacturers maintenance procedures designed to reduce failures. If you think about it, if a truck is not on the road it is not making money.