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An Inside Look at UTI’s Diesel Mechanic Classes

From truck brakes and chassis to transportation refrigeration, the courses offered in UTI’s Diesel Technology program will provide you with the fundamentals you need to service powerful trucks and engines. Each class is designed to provide you with valuable hands-on experience and teach you in-demand skills from the ground up, so you feel confident in your ability to enter a growing workforce.

Keep reading to find out what you’ll learn in each UTI diesel mechanic course:

Diesel Engines Service & Repair

In this diesel engine repair course, you will learn fundamentals of engine repair and operation by learning the various components that make up the internal combustion engine. You will work on diesel engines, learn all of the parts and what they do, and build the entire engine. Once you have built and torn down engines, you will move on to electrical diagnostics, fuel system tests and valve adjustments.

Learning Environment: 

  • Learning takes place in both a classroom and lab environment. Students learn core concepts and principles in the classroom, and put these into practice in the lab.

Key Takeaways:

  • Principles of operation
  • Engine component testing, removal, and replacement using OEM service manuals.
  • Electronic diagnostics using OEM software
  • Fuel and emission systems operation and diagnostic testing.
  • Builds on content learned in the Auto/Diesel courses
  • Adds and focuses on diesel specific topics
  • Familiarization with OEM service manuals and software
  • Diagnostic repair procedures
  • Troubleshooting process

Hands-on Components of the Course:

  • Students will have the opportunity to disassemble, test and reassemble a diesel engine.

Tools & Technology Used:

  • Hand tools
  • OEM software and manuals
  • Diagnostic test equipment

Tests & Final Assessments:

  • Throughout the course, students take a quiz on every learning objective and will work on projects in groups. At the end of the course, students take a written EOC (end of course) test and lab final, which is done individually to demonstrate their mastery of core concepts. In order to pass this course, students must maintain a 70% or higher in their lab, written assessments and attendance.

Career Development:

  • This course is designed to set students up for success as an entry-level technician. You will learn the fundamentals you need, including the process behind diagnosing and repairing vehicles and their components, to succeed in the industry. Having a strong understanding of these processes can allow you to advance faster in the workforce.

Success Factors:

  • Professionalism is an important aspect of all UTI courses. Students must meet specific criteria, including coming to class on time, maintaining an attendance score of 70% and wearing the right attire, in order to pass the course. Success requires coming to class well rested, prepared and ready to learn. Students are encouraged to ask questions and utilize resources available to them, such as tutoring, in order to master the content learned in class. 

Diesel Truck Manual Transmissions

In this lab, you will learn the theories and principals of diesel transmissions. You 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 it’s critical to go back in the case in the order it came out. Students will then completely reassemble the transmission.

 

Learning Environment: 

  • Learning takes place in both a classroom and lab environment. Students learn core concepts and principles in the classroom, and put these into practice in the lab.

Key Takeaways:

  • Principles of operation of single countershaft and  twin countershaft transmissions
  • Principles of operation of Autoshift and Ultrashift transmissions
  • Principles of operation hydraulic and manual clutch system operation
  • Clutch, transmission, driveline diagnostics
  • Disassembly, inspection, and reassembly of single and twin countershaft transmissions, differentials and driveshafts
  • OEM diagnostic procedures for automated twin countershaft (autoshift and ultrashift) transmissions
  • Failure analysis
  • Familiarization with OEM service manuals and software
  • Operation and maintenance of transmissions

Hands-on Components of the Course:

  • Students work in groups to disassemble, inspect and reassemble a single countershaft and a twin countershaft transmission. 

Tools & Technology Used:

  • Eaton ServiceRanger software
  • Hand tools
  • OEM specialty tools

Tests & Final Assessments:

  • Throughout the course, students take a quiz on every learning objective and will work on projects in groups. At the end of the course, students take a written EOC (end of course) test and lab final, which is done individually to demonstrate their mastery of core concepts. In order to pass this course, students must maintain a 70% or higher in their lab, written assessments and attendance.

Career Development:

  • This course is designed to set students up for success as an entry-level technician. You will learn the fundamentals you need, including the process behind diagnosing and repairing vehicles and their components, to succeed in the industry. Having a strong understanding of these processes can allow you to advance faster in the workforce.

Success Factors:

  • Professionalism is an important aspect of all UTI courses. Students must meet specific criteria, including coming to class on time, maintaining an attendance score of 70% and wearing the right attire, in order to pass the course. Success requires coming to class well rested, prepared and ready to learn. Students are encouraged to ask questions and utilize resources available to them, such as tutoring, in order to master the content learned in class. 

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. You will be 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.

 

Learning Environment: 

  • Learning takes place in both a classroom and lab environment. Students learn core concepts and principles in the classroom, and put these into practice in the lab.

Key Takeaways:

  • Operation, repair and maintenance of a heavy duty air and hydraulic brake system
  • Use of OEM software
  • Use of OEM diagnostic tools and procedures
  • ABS system operation, repair and maintenance
  • Familiarization with the braking system
  • Knowledge and the experience of removing, diagnosing and installation of braking system components

Hands-on Components of the Course:

  • Students will remove and install all of the foundation braking system components.

Tools & Technology Used:

  • Hand tools
  • EM service tools
  • OEM diagnostic software
  • OEM service tools

Tests & Final Assessments:

  • Throughout the course, students take a quiz on every learning objective and will work on projects in groups. At the end of the course, students take a written EOC (end of course) test and lab final, which is done individually to demonstrate their mastery of core concepts. In order to pass this course, students must maintain a 70% or higher in their lab, written assessments and attendance.

Career Development:

  • This course is designed to set students up for success as an entry-level technician. You will learn the fundamentals you need, including the process behind diagnosing and repairing vehicles and their components, to succeed in the industry. Having a strong understanding of these processes can allow you to advance faster in the workforce.

Success Factors:

  • Professionalism is an important aspect of all UTI courses. Students must meet specific criteria, including coming to class on time, maintaining an attendance score of 70% and wearing the right attire, in order to pass the course. Success requires coming to class well rested, prepared and ready to learn. Students are encouraged to ask questions and utilize resources available to them, such as tutoring, in order to master the content learned in class. 

Diesel Truck Steering & Suspension Systems

This portion of the diesel technician training program will introduce you 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 safe on the road, so knowing how the suspension works is key.

 

Learning Environment: 

  • Learning takes place in both a classroom and lab environment. Students learn core concepts and principles in the classroom, and put these into practice in the lab.

Key Takeaways:

  • Operation, repair and maintenance of steering linkage and power steering systems
  • Operation, repair, and maintenance of wheels and tires
  • Alignments, both manual and electronic
  • Truck suspension systems
  • Exposure to different alignment methods
  • Exposure to steering and suspension systems maintenance and diagnostics

Hands-on Components of the Course:

  • Students will perform multiple vehicle alignments with different equipment and remove and install wheel hubs and suspension systems.

Tools & Technology Used:

  • Bee-Line and Protrak alignment systems
  • OEM service tools, software and manuals

Tests & Final Assessments:

  • Throughout the course, students take a quiz on every learning objective and will work on projects in groups. At the end of the course, students take a written EOC (end of course) test and lab final, which is done individually to demonstrate their mastery of core concepts. In order to pass this course, students must maintain a 70% or higher in their lab, written assessments and attendance.

Career Development:

  • This course is designed to set students up for success as an entry-level technician. You will learn the fundamentals you need, including the process behind diagnosing and repairing vehicles and their components, to succeed in the industry. Having a strong understanding of these processes can allow you to advance faster in the workforce.

Success Factors:

  • Professionalism is an important aspect of all UTI courses. Students must meet specific criteria, including coming to class on time, maintaining an attendance score of 70% and wearing the right attire, in order to pass the course. Success requires coming to class well rested, prepared and ready to learn. Students are encouraged to ask questions and utilize resources available to them, such as tutoring, in order to master the content learned in class.

Automotive Climate Control Systems and Repair

In this course, you will have the opportunity to learn about EPA rules and regulations. You will learn about the different types of refrigerants and oils in the market today and how to handle them properly. Your coursework will also cover the different systems vehicle manufactures use. Some vehicles can be equipped with multiple zone systems, which means the driver and occupants have their own controls.

 

Additionally, students will learn about the potential dangers of working with refrigerant and high system pressures and how to avoid them. You will understand how, when refrigerant flows, it changes from a gas to a liquid in order to properly diagnose. Upon completion of this course, you 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.

Learning Environment: 

  • Learning takes place in both a classroom and lab environment. Students learn core concepts and principles in the classroom, and put these into practice in the lab.

Key Takeaways:

  • Learn the HVAC electrical system and how to diagnose it
  • Learn how to remove and reinstall HVAC components and diagnose electrical and HVAC related faults
  • Use basic hand tools, A/C specific tools and scan tools
  • Learn to use a refrigerant machine for evacuating and recharging

Tests & Final Assessments:

  • Throughout the course, students take a quiz on every learning objective and will work on projects in groups. At the end of the course, students take a written EOC (end of course) test and lab final, which is done individually to demonstrate their mastery of core concepts. In order to pass this course, students must maintain a 70% or higher in their lab, written assessments and attendance.

Career Development:

  • This course is designed to set students up for success as an entry-level technician. You will learn the fundamentals you need, including the process behind diagnosing and repairing vehicles and their components, to succeed in the industry. Having a strong understanding of these processes can allow you to advance faster in the workforce.

Success Factors:

  • Professionalism is an important aspect of all UTI courses. Students must meet specific criteria, including coming to class on time, maintaining an attendance score of 70% and wearing the right attire, in order to pass the course. Success requires coming to class well rested, prepared and ready to learn. Students are encouraged to ask questions and utilize resources available to them, such as tutoring, in order to master the content learned in class. 

Diesel Hydraulic Systems

In this course, you will learn the fundamentals of hydraulic theory, understand and interpret the schematics, symbols, and hydraulic and hydrostatic system operation, and troubleshoot and repair. You 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, you will learn the proper inspection and maintenance procedures of hydraulic systems.

 

Learning Environment: 

  • Learning takes place in both a classroom and lab environment. Students learn core concepts and principles in the classroom, and put these into practice in the lab.

Key Takeaways:

  • Basic hydraulic fundamentals, flow, pressure, components
  • Interpreting hydraulic schematics and symbols
  • Hydraulic diagnosis and maintenance

Hands-on Components of the Course:

  • Students will build and diagnose hydraulic circuits on hydraulic test simulators. They will also use an excavator to perform maintenance and basic repair tasks. 

Tools & Technology Used:

  • Hand tools
  • Hydraulic simulators

Tests & Final Assessments:

  • Throughout the course, students take a quiz on every learning objective and will work on projects in groups. At the end of the course, students take a written EOC (end of course) test and lab final, which is done individually to demonstrate their mastery of core concepts. In order to pass this course, students must maintain a 70% or higher in their lab, written assessments and attendance.

Career Development:

  • This course is designed to set students up for success as an entry-level technician. You will learn the fundamentals you need, including the process behind diagnosing and repairing vehicles and their components, to succeed in the industry. Having a strong understanding of these processes can allow you to advance faster in the workforce.

Success Factors:

  • Professionalism is an important aspect of all UTI courses. Students must meet specific criteria, including coming to class on time, maintaining an attendance score of 70% and wearing the right attire, in order to pass the course. Success requires coming to class well rested, prepared and ready to learn. Students are encouraged to ask questions and utilize resources available to them, such as tutoring, in order to master the content learned in class.

Vehicle Electronic Systems and Technology

Students in this course learn the science of electrical principals and electricity and how they are related to automotive technology. The electricity in a vehicle cannot be seen, which is why it’s important to understand how it flows through a circuit and what it does.

 

You will learn Ohms law, and with that understanding, learn to use a digital multi-meter to read voltage, resistance and amps. Your coursework will also cover how various electrical components operate, how to read wiring diagrams and build and test circuits. You will also troubleshoot on vehicles and perform various electrical tests. The knowledge gained in this course will be built upon throughout the rest of your courses.

 

Learning Environment: 

  • Learning takes place in both a classroom and lab environment. Students learn core concepts and principles in the classroom, and put these into practice in the lab.

Key Takeaways:

  • Learn to use various tools including multi-meters and oscilloscopes
  • Use a diagnostic scanner that connects to the vehicle’s network to read and control some components of an electrical system
  • Learn how to understand and diagnose an electrical fault using the correct tools

Tests & Final Assessments:

  • Throughout the course, students take a quiz on every learning objective and will work on projects in groups. At the end of the course, students take a written EOC (end of course) test and lab final, which is done individually to demonstrate their mastery of core concepts. In order to pass this course, students must maintain a 70% or higher in their lab, written assessments and attendance.

Career Development:

  • This course is designed to set students up for success as an entry-level technician. You will learn the fundamentals you need, including the process behind diagnosing and repairing vehicles and their components, to succeed in the industry. Having a strong understanding of these processes can allow you to advance faster in the workforce.

Success Factors:

  • Professionalism is an important aspect of all UTI courses. Students must meet specific criteria, including coming to class on time, maintaining an attendance score of 70% and wearing the right attire, in order to pass the course. Success requires coming to class well rested, prepared and ready to learn. Students are encouraged to ask questions and utilize resources available to them, such as tutoring, in order to master the content learned in class.

Diesel Truck Transport Refrigeration

In this course, you will combine what you have learned about HVAC systems and in your diesel engine training courses and apply that knowledge on an industrial scale. You will learn the fundamentals of industrial refrigeration and its applications in the trucking industry. These units are used to transport perishable goods by maintaining the proper temperature to prevent spoilage, so the role of technicians skilled in this area is incredibly important. You will learn how to maintain, diagnose and repair transport refrigeration units in order to ensure they are operating properly.

 

Learning Environment: 

  • Learning takes place in both a classroom and lab environment. Students learn core concepts and principles in the classroom, and put these into practice in the lab.

Key Takeaways:

  • Basics of industrial refrigeration
  • How to evacuate and recharge an HVAC system using scales
  • How trailer and truck mount refrigeration units operate
  • How truck auxiliary power units (APU) operate
  • How to maintain, diagnose, and repair refrigeration units and APU’s
  • How to repair leaks by brazing
  • Troubleshooting and maintaining refrigeration units

Hands-on Components of the Course:

  • In addition to refrigeration unit work, students will braze multiple pieces of different pipe together and test it to see if it hold water.

Tools & Technology Used:

  • Refrigerant scales
  • Brazing torches
  • OEM software
  • OEM tools and manuals

Tests & Final Assessments:

  • Throughout the course, students take a quiz on every learning objective and will work on projects in groups. At the end of the course, students take a written EOC (end of course) test and lab final, which is done individually to demonstrate their mastery of core concepts. In order to pass this course, students must maintain a 70% or higher in their lab, written assessments and attendance.

Career Development:

  • This course is designed to set students up for success as an entry-level technician. You will learn the fundamentals you need, including the process behind diagnosing and repairing vehicles and their components, to succeed in the industry. Having a strong understanding of these processes can allow you to advance faster in the workforce.

Success Factors:

  • Professionalism is an important aspect of all UTI courses. Students must meet specific criteria, including coming to class on time, maintaining an attendance score of 70% and wearing the right attire, in order to pass the course. Success requires coming to class well rested, prepared and ready to learn. Students are encouraged to ask questions and utilize resources available to them, such as tutoring, in order to master the content learned in class. 

Diesel Truck Preventative Maintenance

In this course, you will learn how to properly perform Department of Transportation (DOT) inspections based on 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. You will also learn the manufacturers’ maintenance procedures designed to reduce failures. If a truck is not on the road, it is not making money, so this is an important aspect of a diesel technician’s job.

 

Learning Environment: 

  • Learning takes place in both a classroom and lab environment. Students learn core concepts and principles in the classroom, and put these into practice in the lab.

Key Takeaways:

  • DOT inspections
  • Maintenance procedures on the complete truck
  • Familiarization with DOT regulations and inspection
  • Understanding the importance of maintaining the vehicles
  • Understanding of the use of maintenance equipment
  • Exposure to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration standards and website

Hands-on Components of the Course:

  • Students will complete level A, B and C DOT inspections.

Tools & Technology Used:

  • Coolant exchange machine
  • Smoke opacity tester
  • OEM tools and manuals

Tests & Final Assessments:

  • Throughout the course, students take a quiz on every learning objective and will work on projects in groups. At the end of the course, students take a written EOC (end of course) test and lab final, which is done individually to demonstrate their mastery of core concepts. In order to pass this course, students must maintain a 70% or higher in their lab, written assessments and attendance.

Career Development:

  • This course is designed to set students up for success as an entry-level technician. You will learn the fundamentals you need, including the process behind diagnosing and repairing vehicles and their components, to succeed in the industry. Having a strong understanding of these processes can allow you to advance faster in the workforce.

Success Factors:

  • Professionalism is an important aspect of all UTI courses. Students must meet specific criteria, including coming to class on time, maintaining an attendance score of 70% and wearing the right attire, in order to pass the course. Success requires coming to class well rested, prepared and ready to learn. Students are encouraged to ask questions and utilize resources available to them, such as tutoring, in order to master the content learned in class.

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