Course Descriptions and Outlines

MHTT1502 - Diesel Engine I
This is an introductory course; students learn theory, design, and operation of a diesel engine and fuel system. Working in the lab in groups of two, students will disassemble, inspect, and reassemble a running light duty diesel engine. After completion of this course students will be prepared to advance to Diesel II.

Student Learning Outcomes:
All listed outcomes must be performed to acceptable levels of NATEF Standards.
  • Identify and demonstrate safe use of hand tools and shop equipment
  • Identify and explain functions of engine components
  • Disassemble engine and clean parts
  • Inspect and analyze engine parts according to OEM specifications
  • Assemble engine using manufacturers techniques and specifications
  • Test and adjust fuel system
  • Test run engine for operating conditions

Prerequisite(s): TRAN1502
(4 C: 2 lect/pres, 2 lab, 0 other)

MHTT1506 - Mobile Hydraulics
In addition to power steering, the application of hydraulics on trucks is widespread, such as on sanitation, snowplows, agriculture, and construction trucks. In this course students study the design and operation of pumps, valves, cylinders, motors, and other hydraulic components on these trucks. The student will service, test, and repair hydraulic systems used on trucks.

Student Learning Outcomes:

  • demonstrate knowledge of hydraulic fundamentals

  • identify various hydraulic components and their parts

  • demonstrate knowledge of operation of hydraulic components

  • disassemble and inspect hydraulic components

  • perform maintenance on a hydraulic system

  • diagnose and test a hydraulic system

(2 C: 1 lect/pres, 1 lab, 0 other)

MHTT1508 - Truck Computer Systems
Students will study an overview of the computer systems used on trucks. The emphasis will be on the study of input devices, ECM operation, and output devices. Students will identify components, test their operations, and retrieve and program data in accordance with manufacturers procedures.

Student Learning Outcomes:
All listed outcomes must be performed to acceptable levels of NATEF Standards.
  • Identify, describe, and test input devices,
  • Apply varied software used in scan tools and laptops,
  • Retrieve data and perform basic programming of the ECM,
  • Identify, describe, and test output devices,
  • Locate, retrieve and apply service, technical, and troubleshooting information,
  • Exhibit technician/mechanic professionalism.

Prerequisite(s): TRAN1504
(2 C: 1 lect/pres, 1 lab, 0 other)

MHTT1510 - Truck Power Train
The truck power train makes it possible to deliver engine power to the vehicle wheels. This course covers theory and operation of all drive system components including manual transmissions, clutches, drivelines and differentials. Other studies include component troubleshooting, repair operations, and preventive maintenance practices.

Student Learning Outcomes:
All listed outcomes must be performed to acceptable levels of NATEF Standards.
  • Explain clutch, manual transmission, drive shaft and differential theory of operation.
  • Utilize manufacturers service data to complete power train rebuild and repair procedures.
  • Troubleshoot noise, vibration, and poor performance of truck power train components.
  • Analyze and perform power train preventive maintenance operations.

Prerequisite(s): TRAN1502
(4 C: 1 lect/pres, 3 lab, 0 other)

MHTT1514 - Truck Brake Systems
Proper brake system operation is vital to safe utilization of any vehicle used on public roadways. This course covers air and hydraulic brake system theory and operation including actuation and foundation system assemblies. Other studies include component troubleshooting, repair operations, and preventive maintenance practices.

Student Learning Outcomes:
All listed outcomes must be performed to acceptable levels of NATEF Standards.
  • Describe hydraulic and pneumatic brake system theory of operation.
  • Utilize manufacturers service data to complete brake system repair procedures.
  • Troubleshoot noisy and poor brake system performance and determine necessary repairs.
  • Analyze and perform brake system preventive maintenance operations.

Corequisite(s): MHTT1518
Prerequisite(s): TRAN1502
(4 C: 1 lect/pres, 3 lab, 0 other)

MHTT1518 - Truck Steering/Suspension
Understanding and maintaining truck steering and suspension systems is necessary to achieve peak tire life, fuel economy, and safe vehicle operation. Studies include steering and suspension system theory of operation, repair procedures, and preventive maintenance operation.

Student Learning Outcomes:
All listed outcomes must be performed to acceptable levels of NATEF Standards.
  • Identify alignment angles.
  • Perform repair procedures necessary to correct vehicle alignment angles.
  • Apply manufacturers service data to complete wheel bearing and suspension system repairs.
  • Describe steering system theory of operation.
  • Utilize manufacturers service data to complete steering system repairs.
  • Evaluate and perform steering and suspension system preventive maintenance operations.

Prerequisite(s): TRAN1502
(3 C: 1 lect/pres, 2 lab, 0 other)

MHTT1522 - Electrical II
Through this course the electrical theory learned in Electrical I is applied to the vehicle by the study of the starting and charging systems. Upon the completion of this course students will be able to troubleshoot and repair starting and charging systems on light, medium, and heavy trucks.

Student Learning Outcomes:

  • demonstrate knowledge of operation and testing of batteries

  • demonstrate knowledge of operation and testing of starting systems

  • read wiring diagrams

  • demonstrate knowledge of operation and testing of charging systems

  • servicing of battery, starting, and charging systems

Prerequisite(s): TRAN1504
(2 C: 1 lect/pres, 1 lab, 0 other)

MHTT1526 - Truck Maintenance I
The goal of low cost efficient truck operation is to maintain the trucks in a manner that minimizes repair and downtime and ensures safe vehicle operations for the driver. This goal is the emphasis for this course. Following the recommendations of the OEM maintenance manuals, the student will perform truck maintenance in the lab.

Student Learning Outcomes:
All listed outcomes must be performed to acceptable levels of NATEF Standards.
  • Understand the importance of preventive maintenance
  • Examine OEM maintenance schedules
  • List and practice shop safety procedures
  • Perform vehicle maintenance
  • Examine service parts and fluids used in maintenance
  • Perform shop equipment maintenance
  • Troubleshoot vehicle electrical failures
  • Troubleshoot mechanical failures

Prerequisite(s): MHTT1502, MHTT1514
(3 C: 1 lect/pres, 2 lab, 0 other)

MHTT1530 - Welding
In the trucking industry there is often a need for technicians to have basic welding knowledge and skills. Students are introduced to Shield Metal Arc Welding (SMAW), gas metal arc welding (GMAW), plasma cutting, and oxygen acetylene cutting, heating, welding (OAW). Working in the lab on exercises and projects, students will practice these welding processes safely.

Student Learning Outcomes:

  • perform shield metal arc welding (SMAW)

  • perform gas metal arc welding (GMAW)

  • perform plasma cutting

  • perform oxygen acetylene cutting, heating, welding (OAW)

  • fabricate a metal object using welding processes

(3 C: 1 lect/pres, 2 lab, 0 other)

MHTT2502 - Diesel II
With the knowledge and experience gained in Diesel I, students practice engine rebuilding skills on medium to heavy duty diesel engines in the lab. Emphasis is placed on understanding the theory and operation of different fuel systems and tune up procedures.

Student Learning Outcomes:

  • understand fuel system theory of operation of various engine manufacturers

  • utilize engine manufacturer's service data to complete repair procedures

  • perform engine rebuild and repair procedures

  • troubleshoot engine no-start and misfire conditions

  • determine engine component condition for re-use

Prerequisite(s): MHTT1502
(4 C: 1 lect/pres, 3 lab, 0 other)

MHTT2506 - Diesel III
In this final course of the diesel engine/fuel systems series, student study and work on electronic computer driven engines. Through the knowledge and skills gained in this and previous diesel engine courses, students will be able to program engine computers, diagnose engine failures, and repair engines.

Student Learning Outcomes:
All listed outcomes must be performed to acceptable levels of NATEF Standards.
  • Identify fuel system types
  • Analyze EPA regulations
  • Perform engine tune-ups
  • Evaluate engine computer operation
  • Program engine computer parameters
  • Troubleshoot mechanical engine failures
  • Troubleshoot electronic engine failures
  • Interpret wiring diagrams for engines

Corequisite(s): MHTT2522
Prerequisite(s): MHTT2502, MHTT1508
(4 C: 2 lect/pres, 2 lab, 0 other)

MHTT2514 - Gasoline Engines
In this elective course students have an opportunity to study gasoline engine systems while rebuilding their own gasoline engine in the lab. Emphasis is placed on different fuel and ignition systems.

Student Learning Outcomes:

  • demonstrate knowledge of properties of automotive fuels

  • demonstrate knowledge of and test gas fuel supply systems

  • demonstrate knowledge of and test gas fuel injection systems

  • demonstrate knowledge of and test ignition systems

  • rebuild gasoline engine to industry standards

Prerequisite(s): MHTT1502
(3 C: 1 lect/pres, 2 lab, 0 other)

MHTT2518 - Automatic Transmissions
The popularity of the transmission in the trucking industry continues to grow. This elective course gives students the opportunity to study the theory and operation in the classroom. Then, experience hands on skills in the lab by practicing the rebuilding of an operational Allison automatic transmission.

Student Learning Outcomes:

  • identify the parts of an automatic transmission

  • understand the operation of automatic transmission parts

  • disassemble, clean, and inspect automatic transmission

  • reassemble automatic transmission

  • test automatic transmission

  • remove and install automatic transmission

  • perform automatic transmission maintenance

(3 C: 1 lect/pres, 2 lab, 0 other)

MHTT2522 - Electrical III
This advanced course involves lighting, instrumentation, accessories, and ABS electrical systems on medium and heavy trucks and trailers. Emphasis is placed on using wiring diagrams and digital multimeters to troubleshoot electrical failures and perform industry approved electrical repair procedures.

Student Learning Outcomes:
All listed outcomes must be performed to acceptable levels of NATEF Standards.
  • Interpret electrical diagrams
  • Apply multimeters to test circuits
  • Test starting and charging circuits
  • Repair electrical failures
  • Discriminate standard color codes
  • Test electrical components

Prerequisite(s): MHTT1522
(3 C: 1 lect/pres, 2 lab, 0 other)

MHTT2530 - Truck Heating and AC Systems
Proper operation of Heating and AC ventilation systems is important for driver comfort and safe vehicle operation. This course covers theory and heater AC and ventilation systems. Other studies include system troubleshooting, repair operations, and preventive maintenance practices.

Student Learning Outcomes:

  • identify heating and AC system theory of operation

  • utilize manufacturer's service data to complete heating and AC system repair procedures

  • troubleshoot poor heating and AC system performance and determine necessary repairs

  • determine heating and AC system preventive maintenance operations

Prerequisite(s): TRAN2514
(2 C: 1 lect/pres, 1 lab, 0 other)

MHTT2534 - Transport Refrigeration
Many truck technicians choose careers in which knowledge and skills in transport refrigeration system are needed. The theory and skills are achieved in lecture and through working in the lab on truck and trailer refrigeration units. Emphasis is on maintenance and troubleshooting of electrical and refrigeration systems.

Student Learning Outcomes:

  • explain refrigeration theory

  • diagram heat/cool refrigeration flow

  • service refrigeration system

  • diagnose refrigeration system

  • diagram heat/cool current flow

  • test electrical system

  • perform preventative maintenance

(3 C: 1 lect/pres, 2 lab, 0 other)

MHTT2538 - Supervised Internship
Students will work in a sponsoring Medium/Heavy truck service facility. The work will be full time, approximately 40 hours per week. The tasks will be consistent with previous course work.

This is a variable credit course, with credits 1-7.

Student Learning Outcomes:

  • perform required maintenance and various inspection procedures on over the road vehicles, agricultural equipment or heavy equipment

  • demonstrate job entry skills development when performing service operations

  • conform to federal OSHA and state MPCA rules as it relates to vehicle service procedures

  • adhere to ethical practices as it relates to service procedures

  • exhibit technician/mechanic professionalism

Prerequisite(s): MHTT1526
( C: 0 lect/pres, 0 lab, 0 other)

MHTT2546 - Truck Preventive Maintenance and Troubleshooting
Basic skills acquired by the student in previous courses shall be used and developed into advanced troubleshooting and preventive maintenance skills necessary to operate a truck fleet or perform shop operations in the transportation industry. Studies shall include mechanical and electrical system diagnosis and troubleshooting procedures. Identifying and practicing mechanical and electrical system preventive maintenance operations. Customer/shop communication processes shall also be studied.

Student Learning Outcomes:
All listed outcomes must be performed to acceptable levels of NATEF Standards.
  • Identify, diagnose, and repair vehicle electrical and mechanical systems.
  • Analyze drivers report and problem descriptions.
  • Perform power analysis of engine systems.
  • Perform vehicle preventive maintenance inspection.
  • Identify procedures and perform MNDOT annual vehicle inspection.
  • Rebuild truck components.
  • Perform all shop operations in compliance with industry safety standards.

Prerequisite(s): MHTT1526
(4 C: 1 lect/pres, 3 lab, 0 other)

 

Contact Info

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