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Career Diploma - Diesel Mechanics/Heavy Truck Maintenance

Penn Foster Career School's Diesel Mechanics and Heavy Truck Maintenance Career Diploma program provides students with the opportunity to build mechanical and troubleshooting skills and an understanding of truck and diesel components and systems. Read on to get more details about this online diploma program.

Official Program Name:

Diesel Mechanics and Heavy Truck Maintenance Career Diploma

School Offering Program:

Penn Foster Career School

Program Level:

Career Diploma

Program Description:

From brake systems to suspension, students of the Diesel Mechanics and Heavy Truck Maintenance Career Diploma program at Penn Foster Career School could expect to review all components of heavy truck and diesel parts, engines, and systems. A two-part diesel engine course can provide an overview of crankshafts, cylinder blocks, piston functions, cylinder head disassembly, camshaft installation, and valve train components. Students are also given the chance to learn about nozzles, pumps, and other components of diesel fuel injection systems; batteries, sensors, alternators, and other electronic and electrical system parts; AC refrigerants and components; automatic and manual transmissions; and brake, steering, suspension, and truck computer systems. Troubleshooting techniques, shop tools and safety practices, truck classifications, and DOT inspections are also addressed. The program is designed to prepare students for National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certification in medium and heavy trucks.

Program Materials Supplied by Penn Foster Career School:

As part of the Diesel Mechanics and Heavy Truck Maintenance Career Diploma program, all students receive required textbooks to complete coursework. An online library, career guidance, access to student services via e-mail, phone, and message board, and an online community are also offered.

Learning Format:

Online

Financial Aid:

Penn Foster offers low tuition with 0% interest and affordable monthly payments, so students graduate without debt.

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Required Courses for a Diesel Mechanics and Heavy Truck Maintenance Career Diploma:

Program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Penn Foster Career School to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

Diesel Mechanics and Heavy Truck Maintenance Courses

  • Starting Your Program
  • Introduction to Diesel Truck Mechanics
  • Truck Maintenance Fundamentals 1
    • Introduction to Truck Engine Operation
    • Safe Shop Practices
  • Truck Engines 1
    • Diesel Engine Fundamentals 1
    • Diesel Engine Fundamentals 2
  • Truck Engines 2
    • Truck Engine Lubrication and Cooling Systems
    • Truck Engine Air Intake and Exhaust Systems
  • Fuel Systems
    • Introduction to Fuel Systems
    • Diesel Engine Injection Systems Part 1
    • Diesel Engine Injection Systems Part 2
  • Truck Electronics and Engine Controls
    • Electricity and Diesel Engine Electrical Systems
    • Electronic Engine Controls
  • Truck Maintenance Fundamentals Part 2
    • Introduction to Truck Maintenance
  • Truck Electrical Systems
    • Truck Electrical Systems, Part 1
    • Truck Electrical Systems, Part 2
    • Truck Computer Systems
  • Truck HVAC Systems
    • HVAC Systems
  • Tires, Suspension, and Steering
    • Tires, Wheels, and Trailer Maintenance
    • Suspension and Steering Systems
  • Brakes
    • Truck Brake Systems, Part 1
    • Truck Brake Systems, Part 2
  • Drivelines and Transmissions
    • Drivelines, Clutches, and Axles
    • Manual Transmissions
    • Automatic Transmissions
  • Troubleshooting and Repair
    • Review of Diesel Engine Topics
    • Troubleshooting and Repair
    • Review of Electrical, Starting, and Cooling Systems
    • PM, Inspection, and Technology

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

In many cases, earning a Diesel Mechanics and Heavy Truck Maintenance Career Diploma might be sufficient to begin working in the field; however, some graduates might wish to further their education and earn an associate's degree. A two-year degree might further delve into application theories and provide study in on-site diesel shops as well as real-life work experiences.

Associate's degrees that graduates might consider include:

  • Associate of Applied Science in Diesel Technology
  • Associate of Applied Science in Automotive Technology
  • Associate of Applied Science in Diesel and Heavy Equipment Technology
  • Associate of Applied Science in Diesel Equipment Technician

Career Paths:

Upon completion of Penn Foster Career School's Diesel Mechanics and Heavy Truck Maintenance Career Diploma program, graduates might be ready to apply their skills and knowledge to mechanic positions in truck transportation companies, construction companies, repair shops, or manufacturing companies. Their responsibilities might include inspecting engines and truck systems, performing diagnostic tests, replacing defective or broken parts, or performing maintenance following manufacturer standards to ensure equipment continues to work properly.

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