Undergraduate Certificate in Diesel Power Technology
The Diesel Power Technology Undergraduate Certificate is designed to teach students the skills needed to be successful as technicians in the medium- and heavy-duty truck and equipment service industry. The undergraduate certificate may be completed in three semesters, which includes one summer semester of practicum. Laboratory experiences are performed on equipment and components currently used in the heavy-duty transportation, construction and power generation industries.
Career opportunities for graduates include manufacturer-specific service centers and independent repair and maintenance facilities. Students in the diesel power technology program can find employment within fleet service centers, construction equipment repair, maritime and mining industries, trucking and transportation, aviation ground support, and the seafood processing industry. Employers require technicians to be drug free and physically fit, and to have a current vehicle operator’s license with a good driving record. Equal opportunities are available for men and women.
This undergraduate certificate program prepares students to understand the theory and operation of various systems and components associated with the medium- and heavy-duty diesel industry. Students develop the necessary skills for overhauling diesel engines and other major components through a combination of lecture and hands on training. The program also includes courses that focus on medium- and heavy-duty drive trains, braking systems (electric, pneumatic and hydraulic), suspension, steering, electrical/electronic systems, mobile hydraulics, and heating and air conditioning systems that are related to medium- and heavy-duty applications.
- Complete the Application and Admission Requirements for Undergraduate Certificates.
- Complete the following admission requirements:
All students must meet with an academic advisor in the Auto/Diesel Technology (ADT) department prior to beginning any program of study and are encouraged to meet each semester for the purpose of reviewing their academic progress and planning future courses. It is particularly important for students to meet with their advisor whenever academic difficulties arise. Degree check sheets are available in the ADT office.
See the ADT advisor for appropriate sequence of courses.
Note: If you plan on getting a Commercial Drivers License (CDL), it is advisable to check fitness for a CDL physical.
- Satisfy the General University Requirements for Undergraduate Certificates.
- Complete the program requirements below.
|ADT A102||Introduction to Automotive Technology||3|
|ADT A121||Basic Electrical Systems||3|
|ADT A131||Auto Electrical II||3|
|ADT A153||Medium/Heavy-Duty Diesel Engines||4|
|ADT A155||Heavy-Duty Brake Systems||4|
|ADT A156||Heavy-Duty Maintenance and Inspection||3|
|ADT A195||Automotive Practicum I||3|
|ADT A225||Mobile Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning Systems||3|
|ADT A268||Mobile Hydraulic Systems||4|
|ADT A269||Heavy-Duty Drive Trains||3|
|WELD A101||Introduction to Welding||3-4|
|or WELD A112||Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW)|
A total of 36 credits is required for the undergraduate certificate.
Program Student Learning Outcomes
At the completion of this undergraduate certificate program, students are able to:
- Demonstrate technical knowledge and critical thinking necessary for success in the heavy-duty diesel maintenance and repair industry.
- Demonstrate academic proficiency necessary to pass national examinations within the domain.
- Demonstrate proficiency in performing occupationally related tasks in a professional setting.
- Integrate knowledge from diverse areas to develop effective diagnostic and repair strategies involving complex systems.
- Demonstrate effective employability skills, including oral and written communication skills, as required by the 2014 accreditation standards for the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation.