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Heavy Duty Truck Technician

Offered at the Following Campus

Program Overview

The Heavy Duty Truck Technician certificate program provides training in the essential knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary for employment as a maintenance technician on semi-trucks, trailers or other diesel equipment. The topics covered include diesel engines, shop safety, tools and equipment, preventive maintenance procedures, truck brake systems, and truck drive trains.

The standard curriculum for the Heavy Duty Truck Technician is designed for the semester system. Students may enter the Diesel Truck Maintenance Technician program any semester.  A full-time student can complete this program in 3 semesters.  To graduate, students must earn a minimum of 33 semester credit hours.

Entrance Requirements

  • Submit a completed application;
  • Be at least 16 years of age;
  • Submit official high school/high school equivalent transcripts;
  • Submit official college transcripts, if applicable;
  • Satisfy Placement Testing requirements.

Course Overview

Contact Minutes
Credit Hours
Curriculum Outline (33 hours)

This course introduces preventive maintenance procedures pertaining to medium/heavy duty trucks and heavy equipment.  Topics include: engine systems; cab and hood; heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC); electrical and electronics; frame and chassis.

This course introduces students to electrical and electronic systems used on medium/heavy duty trucks and heavy equipment.  Topics include:  general electrical system diagnosis, battery diagnosis and repair, starting system diagnosis and repair, charging system diagnosis and repair and an introduction and familiarization with electrical and electronic systems.

3
3390

This course introduces diesel engines used in medium/heavy duty trucks and heavy equipment.  Topics include:  general engine diagnosis, cylinder head, engine block, engine lubrication system, and engine cooling.  Using and interpreting test and measuring equipment is highly emphasized.

This course introduces steering and suspension systems used on medium/heavy trucks.  Classroom instruction on Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS) is strongly emphasized.  Topics include:  hydraulic assist steering systems; suspension systems; wheel alignment diagnosis, adjustment, and repair; wheels and tires; and frame and coupling devices.

This course introduces students to electrical and electronic systems used on medium/heavy duty trucks and heavy equipment.  Topics include:  lighting system diagnosis and repair, gauges and warning devices.

3
3325

This course familiarizes students with diesel engines used in medium/heavy duty trucks and heavy equipment.  Topics include:  air induction, exhaust, fuel supply systems, electronic fuel management, and engine brakes.  Using and interpreting test and measuring equipment is highly emphasized.

This course introduces the student to basic hydraulic fundamentals, components, system servicing, symbols and schematics.  The student will learn component operation and service techniques for maintaining a hydraulic system.  The student will also learn to identify the ISO symbols used on hydraulic schematics and to trace the hydraulic schematics.  Topics include:  general system operation; basic hydraulic principles; hydraulic system components; hydraulic pumps; hydraulic control valves; and hydraulic actuators.

3
3340

This course introduces systems used in medium/heavy duty trucks and heavy equipment.  Classroom instruction on HVAC theory and operation along with local, state, and federal regulations are strongly emphasized.  Topics include:  HVAC safety, HVAC system theory and operation, A/C system component diagnosis and repair, HVAC system diagnosis and repair, HVAC operating systems and related controls, and refrigeration recovery, recycling, and handling procedures.

3
3330

This course introduces air and hydraulic brake systems used on medium/heavy duty trucks.  Classroom theory on brake systems along Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS) is strongly emphasized.  Topics include:  introduction to hydraulic systems and safety; air brakes air supply and system service; air brakes mechanical service; parking brakes; hydraulic brake system and service; hydraulic brakes mechanical service; hydraulic brakes power assist units; anti-lock brake systems (ABS) and automatic traction control (ATC); and wheel bearings.

This course introduces drive train systems used on medium/heavy duty trucks.  Topics include:  clutches, transmissions, drive shafts, universal joints, and drive axles.

This course introduces trailer repair and service.  Classroom instruction on Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS) is strongly emphasized.  Topics include:  Trailer Service Introduction, Trailer Landing Gears and Couplers, Trailer Frames and Trailer Repair.