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2024 – 2025

Diesel Technology

Guy Shepherd, Academy C Administrator – Ext. 113

Course & Program of Studies

Statement of Purpose

The philosophy of the Diesel Technology Program is dedicated to providing the best and most complete technical education for all of our students. As a vocational-technical high school, our fundamental purpose is to provide education for employment and to prepare students for post-secondary education. The high school graduates of the 21st century face a world in which the most important skills in the workplace are the ability to learn, to change, and adapt. The underlying fundamentals of the program will include career and technical training, integrated with English, math, related science, and OSHA Safety training to provide each student with the background to advance educationally as well as professionally. The course instruction utilizes the competencies from the Diesel Technology Program Career & Vocational Technical Educational (CVTE) Frameworks and the objectives contained within the six strands of the CVTE Frameworks.

Diesel students working under a car's hood

Exploratory Program

The Diesel Technology Exploratory program provides 9th Grade exploratory students with an overview of the Diesel Technology Program and an introduction into the diesel field and the careers available in the fields of Transportation Technology.
Students will have the opportunity to lift, jack & properly support a vehicle, disassemble and reassemble an diesel engine, disassemble and reassemble a hydraulic brake system, perform basic electrical measurements, perform basic mechanical measurements, perform wire soldering tasks, and learn about and perform tire changing. The first day includes a thirty to forty-five minute lesson covering safety, tool identification and use, and career choices in the Transportation field.

Freshman Program

Students entering the 9th Grade Diesel Technology shop/laboratory are provided with the basic knowledge and skills necessary for success in the Diesel industry. Students receive practical instruction in safety including general safety rules, specific rules for the Diesel workshop and an introduction to hand tools and shop equipment including proper use, care and identification. Practical work will include, but is not be limited to tasks using service information systems, engine principles, air/fuel ratio and basic internal combustion theory. Students will identify chemicals used in the diesel industry and learn the proper use, storage and HazMat procedures necessary in the trade. Instruction will include an introduction to braking, disc and drum systems, hydraulic theory, valves, bleeding procedures and other basic introductory topics.
Related theory is an integral component of the Grade 9 Diesel Technology Program curriculum. Instruction will support topics listed above and an introduction to OSHA and Environmental concerns along with online instruction using CDX, diesel handouts, worksheets, PowerPoint presentations, diesel components, training aids, and tools.

Sophomore Program

Students entering the 10th Grade Diesel Technology shop/laboratory will receive training in the following areas, Diesel Services Safety and Health Skills; they will have the option of acquiring their 10 hour OSHA card. They will demonstrate health and safety practices with hand tools, power tools, fasteners, precise measuring, driveshaft assemblies, power steering system, suspension system, vehicle chassis, frame, starting systems, clutches, transmissions, and general engine diagnosis. Students will perform shop tasks involving live work and static projects; they will learn soft skills such as problem solving and communication skills, along with teamwork and collaboration. Related theory is an integral component of the Grade 10 Diesel Technology program curriculum.

Sophomore Related Class 1

Diesel Technology Theory

Students will receive two hours of related time a day. The curriculum is competency based using a multi-module approach to learning and is supported using the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF), the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) standards, and the Transportation Occupational Cluster Diesel Technology (VDIESL) CIP Code 470605 June 2014 (DESE).

Instruction will support topics listed above and will include use of the CDX online curriculum program, textbooks, handouts, worksheets, PowerPoint presentations, instructor presentations, along with Diesel components, tools, and simulators. An interactive whiteboard and computer based instruction including Motor All-Data computerized repair information systems, and related sites will be used. Grade 10 students are required to successfully complete certifications in OSHA Hazardous Waste Management & Safety, and the shop’s safety sign off sheets related to all shop equipment and tools.

Sophomore Related Class 2

Applied Math

The Diesel Service Math course consists of 60-minute periods during the sophomore shop cycle that offer a solid foundation for a career as a Diesel Service technician while providing practical experiences in using mathematical principles to solve occupationally related problems. This class engages students in the attainment of functional math concepts that they will need for employment and independent living.

Junior Program

The curriculum is competency based using a multi-module approach to learning and is supported using the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) standards and the Transportation Occupational Cluster Diesel Technology (VDIESL) CIP Code 470605 June 2014. The Diesel Service Technology program is NATEF certified and all of the instructors are ASE certified.

Students receive training/instruction in soft skills, parts ordering, Motor All-Data computerized repair information systems, diesel services, safety and health skills. Students demonstrate health and safety practices using hand tools, power tools and fasteners. Topics covered in this class will be precise measuring, engine, mechanical, cylinder head and related components, lubrication, coolant system, air intake and exhaust system, fuel system (mechanical), engine brake and related components, driveshaft assemblies, heavy duty axle service and repair, truck brake systems, foundation truck brakes, parking brake systems, hydraulic brakes, mechanical brakes, hydraulic brake system components, anti-brake system, power steering system units, suspension systems, wheels and tires, vehicle chassis frame, general and related electrical systems, batteries, starting systems, charging systems, lighting systems, warning systems, cab and hood, and safety equipment.

Junior Related 1

Diesel Technology Theory

Related theory is an integral component of the Grade 11 Diesel Technology program curriculum. Instruction will support topics listed above and will include use of CDX online curriculum. textbooks, diesel handouts, worksheets, PowerPoint presentations, instructor presentations, along with diesel components, tools, and simulators. An interactive whiteboard and computer based instruction including Motor All- Data computerized repair information systems, and related sites will be used.

Students are encouraged to participate in Distance Learning, SkillsUSA, and a variety of activities and clubs offered here at Greater New Bedford Regional Vocational Technical High School. Students are encouraged to strive for excellence in their academic and technical studies. Upon graduation, they will have acquired the necessary skills to enter the workforce or enroll in postsecondary or technical colleges to further their education. Articulation agreements have been developed with technical colleges to reduce the cost of tuition for the students furthering their education.

Junior Related 2

Diesel Technology Math

The development of a viable diesel training program will solve a multitude of shortcomings in the diesel field. Technical training will enable companies to add to the expertise of their staff members by being able to hire local students at an entry level position. Through classroom, lab, and shop demonstrations students will become familiar with professional expectations (fundamentals of health and safety, positive attitude, dependability, initiative, cooperation, customer service, communication etiquette, parts ordering, and continued learning of their craft) along with the theories, principles and operational procedures of the diesel engine (mechanical), cylinder head and related components, engine brake and related components, air intake and exhaust systems, fuel systems, lubrication system, coolant system, driveshaft assemblies, heavy-duty axles, truck brake systems, power steering systems, suspension systems, and wheels and tires.

Senior Program

The curriculum is competency based using a multi-module approach to learning and is supported using the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF), the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) standards, and the Transportation Occupational Cluster Diesel Technology (VDIESL) CIP Code 470605 June 2014 (DESE).

Students receive training/instruction in soft skills, parts ordering, and Motor All-Data computerized repair information systems, diesel services, Safety and Health Skills, and health and safety practices. Students will define and demonstrate health and safety regulations and practices; they will be able to demonstrate responses to situations that threaten health and safety. Students will learn about fasteners, measuring, hand tools, power tools, general engine diagnosis, cylinder head and valve train diagnosis and repair, lubrication system diagnosis and repair, cooling system diagnosis and repair, air intake and exhaust system diagnosis and repair, fuel system diagnosis and repair, engine brakes and related components, heavy duty axle service and repair, air brake diagnosis and repair, foundation truck brakes, parking brake systems, mechanical brakes, antilock brake systems, power steering systems diagnose and repair, general electrical systems, lighting systems, warning systems, related electrical areas, heavy duty ventilation and air conditioning systems, engine malfunctions, cylinder head and related components, engine blocks, advanced air intake and exhaust systems, electronic fuel systems, and transmissions.

Senior Related 1

Diesel Service Technology

Related theory is an integral component of the Grade 12 Diesel Technology program curriculum. Instruction will support topics listed above and will include use of CDX online curriculum, textbooks, diesel handouts, worksheets, PowerPoint presentations, instructor presentations, along with diesel components, tools, and simulators. An interactive whiteboard and computer based instruction including Motor All-Data computerized repair information systems, and related sites. Students are encouraged to participate in Distance Learning, SkillsUSA, and a variety of activities and clubs offered here at Greater New Bedford Regional Vocational Technical High School. Students are encouraged to strive for excellence in their academic and technical studies. Upon graduation, they will have acquired the necessary skills to enter the workforce or enroll in postsecondary or technical colleges to further their education. Articulation agreements have been developed with technical colleges to reduce the cost of tuition for the students furthering their education.

Senior Related 2

Preventive Maintenance & Procedures – Elective

The development of a viable diesel training program will solve a multitude of shortcomings in the diesel field. Technical training will enable companies to add to the expertise of their staff members by being able to hire local students at an entry level position. Through classroom, lab, and shop demonstrations students will become familiar with health and safety fundamentals, electrical principles, electric circuits, Ohm’s law, tools, test equipment wiring, and wiring repairs.

Career Opportunities

  • Aircraft Body Repairer
  • Technical Service Writer
  • Parts Department
  • New Truck Department
  • Used Trucks Department
  • Independent Retailer
  • Diesel Technician
  • Shop Foreman
  • Parts Manager
  • Finance Manager
  • General Manager
  • Instructor
  • Heavy Equipment Vehicle Designer
  • Service Manager
  • Repair Shop Owner
  • Operations/Safety Supervisor
  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Manufacturer Engineer
  • R & D Engineer
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