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DPET 130: PRINCIPLES OF INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINES

4 hrs. (OC)

Prerequisite: Department approval

This course will acquaint the student with internal combustion engines. Special emphasis is given to compression and carburetion. A comprehensive study is made of each component and its function. Laboratory practices include dis-assembly, measurement of components, repair and reassembly of both single and multi-cylinder engines.

DPET 132: ELECTRICAL SYSTEMS OF HEAVY EQUIPMENT

3 hrs. (OC)

Prerequisite: Department approval

This course teaches the basic principles of electricity and the application of these principles to heavy equipment. Major emphasis is placed on the application of these principles to realistic situations.

DPET 133: ENGINE REBUILDING, THEORY AND PRACTICE

3 hrs. (OC)

Prerequisite: Department approval

This course covers valve servicing, cylinder reconditioning, bearing and seal installation and analysis of engine components. Opportunity for learning by doing will be available in this course.

DPET 134: AIR CONDITIONING OF HEAVY EQUIPMENT

3 hrs. (OC)

Prerequisite: Department approval

This course covers basic air-conditioning systems used on heavy equipment. Emphasis is placed on servicing equipment, troubleshooting, adjusting and repairing the air conditioning system.

DPET 229: HYDRAULICS

3 hrs. (OC)

Prerequisite: Department approval

This course is a practical study of basic principles and components of hydraulic circuits and the application of these principles to the agricultural and industrial construction equipment industry. Major emphasis is on developing student competencies in the areas of servicing and maintaining hydraulic equipment. Laboratory practices include dis-assembly and reassembly of components and circuits.

DPET 230: HARVESTING EQUIPMENT

2 hrs. (OC)

Prerequisite: Department approval

This is a course to develop knowledge and skills necessary in adjustment, repair, and maintenance of harvesting equipment.

DPET 231: PLANTING AND TILLAGE EQUIPMENT

2 hrs. (OC)

Prerequisite: Department approval

This course is a study of basic mechanical principles involved in the design and operation of planting equipment for crops of local importance. Emphasis is on assembly, field operation, adjustment, maintenance, and safety.

DPET 232: TRANSMISSIONS AND FINAL DRIVE

3 hrs. (OC)

Prerequisite: Department approval

This course is a study of the various transmissions and differentials used in agricultural, heavy equipment and the trucking industry, including constant mesh, sliding gear, hydrostatic, synchromesh and the newer transmissions involving planetaries. An understanding of the operation, maintenance and adjustment of the clutch and brakes will be an integral part of this course.

DPET 233: OCCUPATIONAL INTERNSHIP AND SEMINAR I

4 hrs. (OC)

Prerequisite: Department approval

This supervised experience is required of students enrolled in the Diesel Powered Equipment Technology curriculum. The placement experience is obtained through the cooperation of an employer. Student needs and objectives determine major emphasis.

DPET 234: INTRODUCTION TO DIESEL FUEL SYSTEMS

2 hrs. (OC)

Prerequisite: Department approval

This course is a practical study of the various diesel fuel systems used on agricultural and industrial-construction power units. Emphasis is on total system preventative maintenance. Nozzle removal, testing, dis-assembly, repair, and reassembly will also be covered.

DPET 235: ELECTRONIC CONTROLS/MONITORING SYSTEMS

3 hrs. (OC)

Prerequisite: Department approval

This course will acquaint the student with the operation, application and testing of electronic control/monitoring systems used in heavy equipment applications. Laboratory practices include the use of digital multimeters, electronic reader/programmers and laptop computers.

DPET 236: HYDRAULIC SYSTEM ANALYSIS AND REPAIRS

3 hrs. (OC)

Prerequisite: Department approval

This course is designed for inspecting, testing, and servicing and diagnosing hydraulic circuits, systems, and components, such as power steering, power brakes, and hydraulic transmissions. Appropriate testing procedures and equipment will be utilized.

DPET 238: OCCUPATIONAL INTERNSHIP AND SEMINAR II

4 hrs. (OC)

Prerequisite: Department approval

This supervised experience is required of students enrolled in the Diesel Powered Equipment Technology program. Student needs and objectives determine major emphasis.

DPET 239: POWER TRAIN DIAGNOSTICS

2 hrs. (OC)

Prerequisite: Department approval

This course will acquaint the student with power train diagnostics. Special emphasis will be given to diagnostic procedures. A comprehensive study will be made of each malfunction and test data interpretation. Laboratory practices will include proper use of diagnostic equipment, troubleshooting procedures, adjustment and repair of power train units.

DPET 240: SERVICE CENTER MANAGEMENT

1 hr. (OC)

Prerequisite: Department approval

This course is a study of the organization and operation of a profitable heavy equipment service department. Emphasis is placed on facilities, pricing service labor, accounting, warranty, reports, and supervising personnel.

DPET 241: MECHANICAL DIESEL FUEL SYSTEMS

3 hrs. (OC)

Prerequisite: Department approval

This course provides a thorough understanding of mechanical diesel fuel injection systems. Emphasis on skills and knowledge necessary to locate and correct operation malfunctions.

DPET 242: ELECTRONIC FUEL SYSTEMS

3 hrs. (OC)

Prerequisite: Department approval

This course will acquaint the student with the mechanical and electronic operation of diesel electronic fuel systems. Special emphasis will be placed upon proper use of electronic service tools.

DPET 243: ENGINE PERFORMANCE ANALYSIS

2 hrs. (OC)

Prerequisite: Department approval

This course is designed to provide a thorough understanding of the necessary diagnostic skills required for troubleshooting the diesel engine and fuel system. Emphasis will be placed upon knowledge and skills necessary to assure product reliability and performance. Usually taught in two three-hour laboratory hours per week.

DPET 244: GUIDANCE SYSTEMS

2 hrs. (OC)

Prerequisite: Department approval

This course includes introductory concepts of machine auto guidance and telematics systems used on diesel powered equipment.

DPET 245: TRUCK SUSPENSION, BRAKES AND CHASSIS

3 hrs. (OC)

Prerequisite: Department approval

This course is designed to study the suspension components of heavy trucks and tandem axle trailers. The course content will cover brakes, suspension and steering components.

DPET 246: INDUSTRY QUALIFICATIONS

2 hrs. (OC)

Prerequisite: Department approval

This course will demonstrate students' proficiency relative to the Cummins engine product.

DPET 255: INDEPENDENT STUDY

1 hr. (OC)

Prerequisite: Department approval

This course provides the opportunity to work on a technical project, research, or other specialized study related to individual academic needs. A written plan for the independent-study project is developed with a faculty member (including a detailed description of the project, the number of credit hours assigned to it, the evaluative criteria to be used, and other relevant matters), and the project is carried out under the periodic direction of the faculty member. The written plan is submitted to the dean/associate dean for approval and remains on file within the department, together with a final written report submitted to the faculty member by the student. Repeatable up to a maximum of five semester hours of credit.