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2022-23 RCC Catalog

DS-Diesel Technology

Career and Technical Courses

DS111 (6 credits)
Basic Electricity for Diesel Technicians I

Introduces the fundamentals of basic electricity, starters and power generation, the use of test equipment, and troubleshooting techniques. Course required for all entering diesel technology students.

DS113 (6 credits)
Diesel Engine Overhaul

Provides diesel engine theory and hands-on experience in rebuilding and servicing diesel engines including testing, diagnosis, measurements, and repair. Prerequisite: DS131. Corequisite: DS190.

DS120 (5 credits)
Diesel Practices

Introduces basic mechanical shop safety and industrial practices, professionalism and ethics, shop tools, and equipment use. Vehicle maintenance and service procedures included. Course required for all entering diesel technology students.

DS131 (4 credits)
Diesel Engine Dynamics and Diagnosis

Provides the theory of operation and hands-on experience in tuning up and troubleshooting various live diesel engines. Topics include tune-up, engine airflow principles, and performance diagnosis. Prerequisites: DS111 and DS120.

DS134 (3 credits)
Basic Electricity for Diesel Technicians II

Introduces first-year students to electrical and electronic theory and more advanced topics that relate to heavy, mid-range, light, stationary, marine diesel, propane, and natural gas applications. Students will have the opportunity to achieve task mastery by successful completion of each ASE/NATEF task. Prerequisites: DS111 and DS120.

DS141 (4 credits)
Heavy Equipment Power Trains

Studies the principles of operation of heavy transmissions, differentials, and clutches, and provides for hands-on experience in the servicing, inspecting, and rebuilding of them. Prerequisites: AM111, AM111L or DS111 and AM120, AM120L or DS120.

DS151 (5 credits)
Heavy Equipment Brakes

Studies the theories of braking system operation and provides hands-on experience in the rebuilding, repairing, and adjusting of the various braking systems including hydraulic, air, and electrical types, as well as ABS brake hydraulics and operation.

DS160 (5 credits)
Heavy Equipment Suspension and Steering Systems

Provides students with the theory and hands-on training needed to properly test, repair, troubleshoot, and align suspension and steering systems used on trucks and heavy equipment. Prerequisites: AM111, AM111L or DS111, and AM120, AM120L or DS120.

DS199 (variable credits)
Special Studies: Diesel

Presents workshops dealing with the diesel and heavy equipment industry and related issues; scheduled as needed. Prerequisite: Diesel student enrolled as a declared major in the program.

DS232 (3 credits)
Heavy Equipment Fuel Systems

Develops skills and knowledge for working with diesel fuel injection, turbo chargers, super chargers, gasoline, and alternative fuel systems. Includes hands-on experience in the servicing and rebuilding of components in each system. Prerequisite: DS131.

DS233 (4 credits)
Computerized Vehicle Management Systems

Allows for demonstration of mastery of basic diesel engines, fuel systems, electricity, electronics, air conditioning, heavy duty computer-controlled brakes, and suspension and repairs of all on-board, computer controlled, monitored and managed systems. Meets current ASE/NATEF (Automotive Service Excellence/ National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation) requirements for certification and is the foundation for many fleet and dealership maintenance, repair and monitoring practices. Prerequisites: DS131, DS134.

DS260 (3 credits)
Hydraulic Systems for Heavy Equipment

Studies theory and operation of hydraulic systems used in the heavy equipment industry; includes hands-on experience in building, troubleshooting, and repairing these systems. Prerequisites: AM111, AM111L or DS111 and AM120, AM120L or DS120.

DS270 (5 credits)
Air Conditioning for Diesel Technicians

Covers vehicle air conditioning systems theory and operation. Uses industry identified skills for diagnosis, repair, and servicing of R12 and R134A systems. Also covers government regulations in the safe handling of refrigerants. Prerequisites: DS111, DS120 and DS131.

DS275 (5 credits)
Preventative Maintenance Inspection

Provides culmination of all ASE/NATEF and academic courses required for completion and/or graduation from the Diesel Technology program. It requires knowledge and demonstration of basic engine maintenance and repair, heavy duty brakes, drive train, air conditioning, fuel and emission systems, electronics, safety inspection, servicing, maintenance records, and repairs of all onboard systems. Prerequisites: DS113, DS131, DS151, DS160, DS232 and DS270.

DS280 (variable credits)
Cooperative Work Experience / Diesel

Cooperative Work Experience is an educational program that enables students to receive academic credit for on-the-job, experiential learning based on skills acquired in their programs. Together, the instructor, employer, and student establish learning objectives that specify the significant and appropriate learning which is expected to result from the work experience. This course offers a career-related experience for students working for an approved employer. As a capstone course, it should be completed within the last two terms of a certificate or degree program. Prerequisites: AM111AM111L or DS111 and AM120, AM120L, or DS120.

DS290 (3 credits)
Diesel Repair Lab

Provides live work experience in all aspects of repair expected of an entry-level line technician. Includes engine performance, diagnosis and repair of engine components, chassis, power trains, brakes, suspension systems, hydraulic, and electrical systems. Course is for second-year students or can be taken in place of Cooperative Work Experience. Course is repeatable up to six credits.

2022-23 RCC Catalog