Diesel is more than just trucks it's a driving force behind today's technology. Think about all the vehicles and equipment running on diesel engines: oil rigs, power plants, hydraulic systems, locomotives, cargo ships, farming equipment, construction vehicles, mining equipment, and, of course, diesel trucks.
At WyoTech, you'll get hands-on experience working with a variety of diesel engines and power systems. Our instructors make sure you're able to work with machines produced by some of the top names in the diesel industry.
The Diesel Technology core training program includes coursework in:
You'll study diesel engine theory and design, engine performance, cooling systems, lubrication systems, induction exhaust and after-treatment systems, hydrostatic transmissions, charging systems, heavy-duty torque converters, power train principles, heavy-duty clutches, transport refrigeration, brake air systems, steering alignment, and so much more.
This core requirement course provides foundations in hydraulics, hydrostatic drive transmissions, use of freestanding engines and skid steer loaders, heavy duty torque converters, Allison transmissions, basic DC electricity and electrical systems, repair and troubleshooting of hydraulic systems, pumps and cylinders, and mobile electrical systems. You will also learn to read hydraulic and electrical diagrams and use flow meters, pressure gauges, multi-meters and charging/starting/battery test equipment.
This core requirement course provides theoretical foundation and lab work in diesel engine theory and rebuild, identification, service information, induction systems, failure analysis, measuring, diagnostic troubleshooting, engine brakes and tune-up. Engines covered in this course include Caterpillar, Detroit and Cummins. The use of engine dynamometers to evaluate engine performance is also demonstrated.
This core requirement course provides a theoretical foundation in high- and low-pressure pumps and injectors. You will learn theory and have lab work in tanks, filters, transfer pumps, nozzles, and operation of fuel systems such as Caterpillar, Cummins and Detroit. Lab work includes the use of diagnostic tools on electronic engines including Caterpillar, Cummins, Detroit, DDEC, RCRA and EPA Sec 608/609. Also covered in this area are the operation testing and servicing of cab air conditioning and transport refrigeration, basic hand tools and fasteners.
This core requirement course provides a theoretical foundation in antilock brake systems and automatic traction control systems. You will receive a theoretical foundation and lab work in operation, failure analysis, troubleshooting, repair and adjustments of the following components: manual clutches and flywheels, manual transmissions, single reduction, through drive, and double reduction differentials, foundation brakes, brake air systems, axles, drivelines and suspension, steering and alignment, power take off units, wheel bearings, and preventative maintenance and inspection.
How long does it take to complete our Diesel Technology Program?
Graduates of our Diesel Technology program may seek entry-level careers* in:
0-1 year of experience
Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree. Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.
*Employment is not guaranteed, but career services help is available for students and graduates.
** Source: O*Net Online Sample of Reported Job Titles & Job Zone: Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine Specialists; https://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/49-3031.00. Industry job titles are provided as a sample, and may require additional training, licensure, or certification. Individual levels or responsibility and specific job titles vary by employer need and industry demand.
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*Compiled from: O*Net Online Skills, Abilities, Work Styles: Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine Specialists; https://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/49-3031.00
* Not all programs and specialties offered at all locations
** At least one core program must be completed along with the student's choice of specialty concentration program in order to satisfy curriculum requirements. Not all programs and specialties offered at all locations.
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