The Diesel Equipment Technician works in an exciting and rapidly changing industry. Students in this program receive the diagnostic and service training needed to be successful in their chosen field. Students entering should have good mechanical aptitude, good communication skills and the ability to comprehend service literature. The program prepares individuals to diagnose and repair all components. This includes such items as diesel engines, transmissions, drive lines, differentials, hydraulic and air brake systems, electrical systems, electronically controlled fuel systems and transmissions, and involves instruction in the use of a wide variety of tools and diagnostic testing equipment. Students are prepared for careers requiring them to inspect, diagnose, repair, and maintain trucks, trailers, farming equipment, diesel and construction equipment, stationary diesel engines in electrical generators, and related equipment. Instruction includes diagnosing, disassembling, repairing and adjusting systems and parts, vehicle service, air brake systems, brakes, starting and suspension systems, wheel alignment, fuel systems, differential, electronic fuel control, clutch and transmissions, air conditioning, and refrigeration. About two-thirds of the instruction time is spent in the diesel lab working on live work and training models. Students learn to diagnose problems and disassemble, recondition and replace faulty parts, and get hands-on training on such components as electrical, transmissions, air conditioning, brakes, fuel systems hydraulics, and engines. This program is an Association of Diesel Specialists TechSmart program participant.