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DSL 111 - Introduction to Diesel Engine
Studies the modern diesel engine, including its fuel, cooling, induction, and exhaust systems. Covers construction, fabrication, maintenance, tune-up, and minor repair and adjustment.
Lecture 1 hour. Laboratory 2 hours. Total 3 hours per week.
2 credits
DSL 123 - Diesel Engine Systems I
Studies basic operational theory of the two and four-stroke cycle diesel engine used in public transportation vehicles. Covers the construction and function of the diesel engine and the major components as they relate to air, exhaust, and fuel systems. Emphasizes diesel engine tune-up and troubleshooting theory. Part I of II.
Lecture 2 hours per week.
2 credits
DSL 126 - Diesel Engine Reconditioning
Provides basic knowledge of the construction, design, and application of selected modern diesel engines and their components. Covers induction and exhaust systems, cooling and lubricating systems, and fuel injection and governing systems. Provides opportunity to disassemble, inspect, recondition, reassemble, and test selected engines.
Lecture 3 hours. Laboratory 6 hours. Total 9 hours per week.
6 credits
DSL 131 - Diesel Fuel Systems and Tune-Up
Teaches maintenance, adjustment, testing, and general repair of the typical fuel injection components used on non- automotive diesel engines. Includes engine and fuel system tune-up procedures and troubleshooting using current diagnostic equipment.
Lecture 2-3 hours. Laboratory 4-6 hours. Total 6-9 hours per week.
4-5 credits
DSL 143 - Diesel Truck Electrical Systems
Studies the theory and operation of various truck and tractor electrical systems. Covers preheating, starting, generating, and lighting systems. Uses modern test equipment for measurement, adjustment, and troubleshooting.
Lecture 2 hours per week. Laboratory 4 hours. Total 6 hours per week.
4 credits
DSL 152 - Diesel Power Trains, Chassis, and Suspension
Studies the chassis, suspension, steering and brake systems found on medium and heavy-duty diesel trucks. Covers construction features, operating principles and service procedures for such power train components as clutches, multi-speed transmissions, propeller shafts, and rear axles. Teaches operations of modern equipment to correct and adjust abnormalities.
Lecture 2 hours. Laboratory 4 hours. Total 6 hours per week.
4 credits
DSL 160 - Air Brake Systems
Studies the basic operational theory of pneumatic and air brake systems as used in heavy-duty and public transportation vehicles. Covers various air control valves, test system components, and advanced air system schematics. Teaches proper service and preventative maintenance of systems.
Lecture 2 hours. Laboratory 2 hours. Total 4 hours per week.
3 credits
DSL 161 - Air Brake Systems I
Studies the basic operational theory of pneumatic and air brake systems used in public transportation vehicles. Covers various air control valves, air and test system components, and advanced air system schematics. Part I of II.
Lecture 2 hours per week.
2 credits
DSL 181 - Diesel Mechanics I
Studies basic internal engines, including cylinder blocks, cylinder heads, crankshafts, and pistons. Studies fuel injection systems, fuel pumps, injectors and nozzles, preventive maintenance and troubleshooting. Part I of II.
Lecture 4 hours. Laboratory 6 hours. Total 10 hours per week.
6 credits
DSL 195 - Topics In
Provides an opportunity to explore topical areas of interest to or needed by students.
May be used also for special honors courses. May be repeated for credit. Variable hours.
1-5 credits
DSL 198 - Seminar and Project
Requires completion of a project or research report related to the student's occupational objectives and a study of approaches to the selection and pursuit of career opportunities in the field.
May be repeated for credit. Variable hours.
1-5 credits