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2000-2001 Catalog

Automotive and Transportation
Heavy Duty Truck and Bus Mechanics
(Diesel Technology) (5616)

Vocational Certificate Program

The Heavy Duty Truck and Bus Technician program is designed to provide the training and skills required for entry-level employment as a diesel truck technician. Courses covering advanced topics and specialized training areas make them also suitable for the currently employed technician to upgrade their skills. The program is structured to meet the needs of the numerous trucking and diesel equipment companies located in the Jacksonville area.

A combination of classroom instruction and hands-on shop experience enables the student to perform the diagnostic and repair procedures with understanding and confidence. Equipment and tools are furnished for the student while they are enrolled in the program. Students may attend either day or evening classes (to accommodate the student’s work schedule). After successfully completing the program, students are qualified to take the ASE certification examination.

Instruction includes diagnosis and repair of diesel engines (fuel, lubricating, cooling, and electrical/electronic systems) and associated truck/ bus systems (brakes, drive train, steering, suspension, air conditioning and hydraulic systems). The student learns troubleshooting skills, shop practices and the service and maintenance of heavy duty trucks and busses to industry standards.

Students in this program may be required to enroll in basic skills training. This will be determined by their scores on the Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE).

The program is offered at the Geis Marine and Industrial Technology Center. Students wishing to enter this program should be advised by the instructor or program manager prior to enrollment in these courses. For information call 766-5580.

Course Number and Title
Contact Hours
Professional Courses  
*VPI 0100 Reading Skills
*VPI 0200 Mathematical Skills
*VPI 0300 Language Skills
DIM 0001 Introduction to Diesel Engines
DIM 0151 Maintenance and Troubleshooting I
DIM 0102 Diesel Systems Repair and Overhaul
DIM 0302 Diesel Electrical and Basic Electronics
DIM 0303 Diesel Electronic Systems and Controls
DIM 0152 Maintenance and Troubleshooting II
DIM 0541 Diesel Equipment Preventative Maintenance I
DIM 0510 Diesel Brakes (Mechanical/Hydraulic)
DIM 0511 Diesel Air Brake Systems
DIM 0401 Diesel Hydraulics
DIM 0610 Diesel Heating and Air Conditioning
DIM 0500 Diesel Steering and Suspension
DIM 0215 Diesel Drive Train I
DIM 0216 Diesel Drive Train II

*Students who have satisfactory test scores are not required to take these courses.