Occupational Technical Center, Blackstone, Virginia 23824
National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation, Virginia's only ASE Certified Program
The Diesel Technician Program is designed to fill a void for the individual who wants career training in this field, but lacks the time and/or resources required by commercial schools for formal programs. It will prepare students for entry level employment as diesel technicians and graduates with skill and knowledge to progress quickly from trainee to fully-productive status in a relatively short time. The benefits are enormous for graduates as well as companies in desperate need of technicians who can assume higher-level responsibilities. The need for technicians continues to grow as the demand for the transport of people and materials, along with construction utilizing heavy equipment, increases. Crossover opportunities exist in the automotive, truck, and heavy equipment mechanic fields for those who complete diesel technician training.
The training is a career studies certificate program and consists of 36 credit hours over the course of three eight-week sessions. The curriculum is currently geared toward instructing in the repair and maintenance of diesel engine powered vehicles (cars,trucks, heavy equipment) including preventive maintenance techniques; diagnosing/troubleshooting; assembly/disassembly of engines, electronic fuel systems, power trains; diagnostic and other essential skills to perform required tasks. Heavy emphasis is placed on electronic diagnostic tools required to meet the changing needs of the electronic systems in today's equipment.
Location and Cost
Located in south central Virginia approximately 50 miles south of Richmond. Quiet rural setting. Approximately two miles from Blackstone. Classes will be held at 1041 West 10th Street, Pickett Park, Fort Pickett, Blackstone, VA in Nottoway County.
Lodging is available at Fort Pickett. Rates run $370.00 monthly. Daily rates are available. Rates may vary slightly. Meals available on Post and nearby Blackstone. On base lodging is provided based on availability. Need help with financial aid? Call us...
Reserve your space! 434-298-0366 or Billeting 434-292-2443
Total In-state 36 Credits - $4986.00
|In-state Tuition||Per Credit||$138.50|
|1st Semester||12 Credits||Total $1662.00|
|2nd Semester||12 Credits||Total $1662.00|
|3rd Semester||12 Credits||Total $1662.00|
Training manuals additional cost. Most material provided by Southside Virginia Community College.
Out-of-State rates: $333.10 per credit. 36 credits $11991.60
24 Weeks of Training
Training program is divided into 3 eight week sessions. Students are given a 2 week break at the end of each session.
Training sessions for 2014 - 2015
(Start at the beginning of any session.)
September 1, 2014 - October 23, 2014
November 10, 2014 - January 15, 2015
February 2, 2015 - March 26, 2015
April 13, 2015 - June 5, 2015
June 22, 2015 - August 13, 2015
August 31, 2015 - October 22, 2015
November 9, 2015 - January 15, 2016
All of us know that today's vehicles and technicians are overwhelmed with electronics. We do our very best here at SVCCDTP to make sure that electric/electronic training continues to be our number one priority. All major components on today's vehicles are managed or run by electronics. From classroom basics, simulator, software training, scan tool and scope we are prepared to provide our students with the best of the best in training.
Start at the beginning of any session.
September 1, 2014 - October 23, 2014 and April 13, 2015 - June 5, 2015 (8 Weeks)
DSL 152 Diesel Power Trains, Chassis, and Suspension (4 CR)
Studies the chassis, suspension, steering, and brake systems found on medium/heavy duty diesel trucks. Covers constructionfeatures, operating principles and service procedures for such power train components as clutches, multi-speed transmissions, propeller shafts and rear axles on trucks. Training on suspension; roller frames, final drives and like components on track-type equipment.
DSL 160 Air Brake Systems (3 CR)
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.
DSL 131 Diesel Fuel Systems and Tune-Up (4 CR)
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. Common rail, MEUI and HEUI systems.
DSL 195 Microcomputers for Diesel Technicians (1CR)
Teaches fundamental skills of computer operation. Examines hardware (processor, keyboard, disk drives, and printers) and perating systems. Learn to diagnose equipment using numerous scan tools, order parts, fill out work orders and store nformation for future testing. Training on palm, desktop, laptop and various makes of scan tools.
November 10, 2014 - January 15, 2015 and June 22, 2015 - August 13, 2015 (8 Weeks)
DSL 111 Introduction to Diesel Engine (2 CR)
Studies the modern diesel engine, including its fuel, cooling, induction, and exhaust systems. Covers construction, fabrication, maintenance, tune-up, and minor repair and adjustment.
DSL 143 Diesel Truck Electrical Systems (4 CR)
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. Stresses function, construction, operation, troubleshooting procedures and servicing of the charging, cranking, and ignition system. Introduces student to electronic diagnostics. Hands-on training using multi-meters and laptop - desktop computers to train on new electronic engines, transmissions and automatic brake systems. Electrical simulators available to improve individual diagnostic talents.
DSL 181 Diesel Mechanics I - II (6 CR)
Studies basic internal engine, including cylinder blocks, cylinder heads, crankshaft, and pistons. Studies fuel injection systems, fuel pumps, injector and nozzles (including new HEUI), preventive maintenance and troubleshooting. Student training on micrometers, bore gauge and other sensitive measuring devices. Repair/parts manuals are available for use in either electronic or paper.
February 2, 2015 - March 26, 2015 and August 31, 2015 - October 22, 2015 (8 Weeks)
DSL 123 Diesel Engine System 1 (2 CR)
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. Provides basic knowledge of construction, design, and application of selected modern diesel engines and their components. Provides opportunity to disassemble, inspect, recondition, reassemble, and test selected engines.
MEC 103 Electronic Circuits and Instrumentation (4 CR)
Covers electronic circuits, devices, instrumentation and basic communications, DC and AC theory, introduction to power supplies, amplifiers, and measurement devices. Hands-on training provided on computer and electrical simulators. Individuals create projects on training boards.
MEC 175 Fundamental Shop Procedures and Internal Combustion Engine (4 CR)
Introduces the practical use and care of tools, shop equipment and pullers, use of service manuals and parts catalogs, and safety. Includes introduction to the design, operation, testing, and service procedures of the internal combustion engine.
DSL 161 Air Brake Systems 1 ((2 CR)
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.
Start at the beginning of any session.
|DSL 152 Diesel Power Trains, Chassis & Suspension||Monday 8:00 -5:00 &
Tuesday 8:00 - 11:30
|DSL 160 Airbrake Systems||Tuesday 12:00 -5:00&
Wednesday 8:00 - 11:00
|DSL 131 Diesel Fuel Systems & Tune-Up||Wednesday 11:30 - 5:00 &
Thursday 8:00 - 3:00
|DSL 195 Microcomputers for Diesel Technicians||Thursday 3:00 - 5:00|
|DSL 111 Intro to Diesel Engine||Monday 8:00 - 2:30|
|DSL 143 Diesel Truck Electrical Systems||
Monday 2:30 - 5:00 &
Wednesday 8:00 - 9:00
|DSL 181 Diesel Mechanic I & II||
Wednesday 9:00 - 5:00
Thursday 8:00 - 5:00
Friday 8:00 - 12:00
|DSL 123 Diesel Engine System 1||Monday 8:00 - 12:00|
|MEC 103 Electrical Circuits & Instrumentation||Monday12:30 - 4:30,
Tuesday 8:00 -4:30
|MEC 175 Shop Procedures & Internal Combustion Eng||
Wednesday 8:00 - 4:30
Thursday 8:00 - 12:00
|DSL 161 Air Brake Systems||
Thursday 12:30 - 4:30
*Semesters may vary due to holidays.
Southside Virginia Community College
Diesel Technician Program
1041 West 10th Street, Pickett Park,
Blackstone, Virginia 23824
Phone: 434-292-1608 or 434-292-3101
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Our program has fantastic contributors not only in equipment, but in knowledge. We are able to maintain a training level current with the needs of the industry. Individuals are allowed to learn at their speed. Each training day will consist of students working at many different work stations. Students help each other learn!
- Brighter Ideas: Read about the finest multi-meter attachment. It is a major tool in our daily training. Dan Sullivan is also offering training for instructors in electro-hyraulics. Visit that site for more information.Teachers Argo: Automotive/diesel teachers and students, please visit this site for fantastic automotive software and to download a demo.
May thanks to Carter Machinery, our local Caterpillar dealer and Cummins Atlantic for all the great support and training items they have donated.