Several manufacturers and dealerships nationwide are looking for reliable technicians with in-depth knowledge of automotive and diesel technology. At Automotive Training Center (ATC), our automotive and diesel technology courses will prepare you for a successful career as a diesel technician.
Through these courses, you’ll gain practical experience in the lab and the necessary knowledge in the classroom. Your education is important to us—which is why we’re taking a closer look at the courses you’ll be enrolled in at our diesel mechanic school.
There are so many vehicles today that require diesel power to run. In the Diesel Engines course, you’ll learn the theory of operation, diagnosis, service, and repair of diesel engines, with a focus on truck and automotive applications.
Students will learn more about the engines used to power 18-wheelers in this course. You’ll be able to gain hands on experience with a 14.8L inline 6-cylinder diesel engine and other similar configurations, so you’ll be more prepared to work on these big rigs that are such a big part of the economy.
The fundamentals of fuels and lubricants will be taught in this course, along with the assembly, reassembly, and overhaul of diesel engines using precision measuring tools. Use the specialized tools found in the diesel industry as you learn about:
- Routine service
- Tune-up procedures
All the practical shop work performed on the various types of diesel engines, including medium, light truck, and automotive, will help you prepare for the ASE Diesel Engines exam.
Diesel Fuel Systems
Diesel engines have long had the reputation of being gas-guzzlers, but in the Diesel Fuel Systems course, you will gain the knowledge needed to diagnose and repair the many innovative systems that manufacturers have created to make diesel engines more eco-friendly.
The study of diesel fuel systems and components includes a focus on diesel air intake systems, injectors, and turbochargers. You will also get to work with the three types of fuel lines used in diesel systems and the many fuel filters that help the engines generate clean power.
You’ll get an introduction to electronic engine controls, including:
- Electronic common rail
The practical shop work in the Diesel Fuel Systems course involves the disassembly, inspection, and reassembly of various injector nozzles. Fuel injector calibration equipment will test and adjust units upon reassembly, and you’ll gain hands-on experience using this helpful equipment, too.
General Automotive Courses Taught in the Diesel Program
The Automotive and Diesel Technology program also includes general automotive courses, like:
- Manual Drive Train & Axles
- Engine Repair
- Suspension and Steering
- Computer Controls and Electronic Diagnostics
- Air Conditioning & Heating
In the Manual Drive Train & Axles course, you’ll learn all about manual transmissions, transaxles, clutches, drive-shafts, U-joints, and rear axles. Basic shop safety will teach you how to approach manual transmission repair and service, with practice on both all-wheel and four-wheel drive systems as you prepare for the ASE Manual Drive Train and Axles exam.
We think it is also worth touching on the importance of the Engine Repair course. The modern internal combustion engine is a true modern marvel along with its lubricating and cooling systems. This course helps provide an introduction to engines and diagnostic work in general.
Big 18 wheelers are sometimes required to transport temperature-sensitive cargo across thousands of miles. That makes the Air Conditioning & Heating course a key part of the Diesel Technology program here at ATC. You will learn about HVAC parts and supplies in the classroom and then get to work on what you learned in the shop.
Braking Technology Courses
Brakes are certainly an important part of any vehicle, but when a truck that can weigh upwards of 50,000 pounds needs to be brought to a halt, they are especially critical. In the Braking Technology courses, you’ll become familiar with diagnosing, maintaining, and servicing every part of the braking system.
The Brakes course covers:
- Hydraulic systems
- Power brake boosters
- Parking brake systems
- Master Cylinders
- Lines & hoses
- ABS theory
Power brake boosters are a key part of any vehicle. In the classroom, students will learn more about the vacuum pressure that works to apply maximum stopping power with minimal force applied to the pedal. In the shop, students will gain hands-on experience while diagnosing problems and creating customized repair plans with instructors.
Have you ever wondered what goes into an anti-lock braking system (ABS)? The Brakes course here at ATC will teach you about the theory of anti-lock braking systems, so you can head into the shop with all the knowledge needed to solve potential ABS problems.
Where can Our Automotive and Diesel Technology Courses Take You?
Students who complete our Automotive and Diesel Technology courses and receive their diploma will have the knowledge and experience needed to pursue an entry-level position in several fields. Some of the most common include:
- Diesel Engine Technician
- Fleet Mechanic
- Heavy-Equipment Specialist
- Farm Equipment Mechanic
- Diesel Service Writer
A diesel engine technician may be one of the most common career paths to follow. Diesel technicians work with any vehicle that runs on diesel fuel. Whether it’s a weekend warrior’s pickup truck, a small business’s work van, or a big rig, you’ll have the chance to see it all.
America relies on its farmers for food. If you want a share of that responsibility, a position as a farm equipment mechanic may be for you. You will either work directly with farmers or with government agencies to help maintain tractors, harvesters, and other diesel vehicles that power the agricultural industry.
If you enjoy working with people, a position as a diesel service writer might be for you. You’ll be the connection between the customer and the technicians. You will listen to whatever issues the customer is having and create a personalized repair estimate that the technicians can work off of.
Schedule a Campus Tour and Learn More About Our Diesel Program
If you’d like to see some of the diesel equipment you’ll be working with at our campuses in Exton and Warminster, be sure to schedule a campus tour of our diesel mechanic school. We’ll show you around, explain what these diesel engines are all about, and answer any questions.
We look forward to seeing you here on the ATC campus soon!