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Medium and Heavy Truck Technology

 Program Overview: The Medium/Heavy Truck Technician program is a CTE pathway program that combines technical, academic and workplace skills in an integrated curriculum in accordance with all Automotive Service Excellence Education Foundation (ASEEF) guidance and directives.  The program prepares students for further education and careers in the transportation equipment and medium/heavy truck industry.  Upon completion of this program students will take all five ASE Technician exams. 


The program consists of the five required areas of study as identified in the ASE Task Lists.  These five required areas are:  Diesel Engines, Suspension & Steering, Brakes, Electrical/Electronic Systems, and Preventive Maintenance.  A CTE program can provide instruction in more than the five required areas but must offer a minimum of 705 hours of combined laboratory and classroom instruction as referenced in the policies document of the Medium/Heavy Truck Technical Training Program.   NOTE:  ASE provides the process for certification of an instructional program only and is not associated with the accreditation role of other agencies.  As such, ASE provides task lists and does not endorse or recommend any curriculum. 

Students participating in the Medium/Heavy Truck Technician Program will be able to:

  1. Develop workplace (employability) skills by demonstrating mastery of required academic and performance skills;
  2. Demonstrate the ability to perform all tasks in a safe and expedient manner;
  3. Demonstrate the ability to identify appropriate industry procedure/reference/training manuals (both computerized and hard bound) to locate appropriate instructions and perform them according to guidance;
  4. Perform all diagnostic and repair tasks in accordance with manufacturer’s recommended procedures;
  5. Perform all diagnostic and repair tasks within the prescribed times derived from the flat rate manuals commonly used in the truck service industry; and
  6. Demonstrate the ability to work individually and in teams to complete all of the required task list items within each of the five curricula.

 

The High School is expected to:

  • Maintain ASE Program Accredition status through ASE (If ASE accredition is withdrawn, program approval will be withdrawn);
  • Ensure enrolled students take all related ASE end-of-course exams prior to program completion; and
  • Inform all students of the statewide articulation agreement with Penn College

 

 

Course Title: Suspension & Steering, and Brakes, ( 2 credits) SCED 20943

 

Course Description:  This course provides the student with the knowledge and skills necessary to pass the ASE Medium/Heavy Truck Technician Exams for Suspension & Steering,  and Brakes., and Preventive Maintenace and immediately enter a career in this area and/or attend postsecondary education and/or training.  Students develop diagnostic, technical, and academic skills through classroom instruction and hands-on maintenance applications in the above areas.  Through theory and real-world experiences, students master the concepts and the ability to identify and perform necessary repair tasks utilizing the latest techniques and applications on Class 4 through Class 8 trucks and tractors.  In addition, this course will address personal and environmental safety practices associated with clothing; respiratory protection; eye protection; entry level medium/heavy truck service technology principles and practices; hand tools; power tools/equipment; raising and supporting vehicles, safety principles and disposal of chemicals/materials in accordance with local, state, and federal safety and environmental regulations.

 

Students will understand and be able to perform: 

  • 95% of all Priority 1 (P-1) items as identified by ASE
  • 70% of all Priority 2 (P-2) items as identified by ASE
  • 25% of all Priority 3 (P-3) items as identified by ASE

 

Specifically, upon sucessful completion of this course, students will be able to: 

  • Analyze and determine required and locally established safety precautions for the work to be performed;
  • Evaluate and determine appropriate procedure, tools, and materials for proper diagnosis and repair;
  • Operate pneumatic tools, compressor, lifts, hand tools, and related equipment necessary for the proper diagnosis and repair;
  • Inspect, analyze and determine appropriate actions and repair procedures;
  • Identify equipment maintenance requirements, determine causes and cures, and estimate the cost of repair; and
  • Analyze and identify discrepancies and plan and execute all final repair related tasks for the following areas:
  • Suspension and Steering –
  • Steering Systems Diagnosis and Repair
  • Steering Units Diagnosis and Repair
  • Steering Linkage Inspection and Repair
  • Suspension Systems Diagnosis and Repair
  • Wheel Alignment Diagnosis, Adjustment, and Repair
  • Wheels and Tires Diagnosis and Repair
  • Frame Service and Repair
  • Brakes –
  • Air Brakes Diagnosis and Repair &  Hydraulic Brakes Diagnosis and Repair

 

Course Title:  Electrical/Electronic Systems (2 credits) SCED 20944

Course Description:  This course provides the student with the knowledge and skills necessary to pass the ASE Medium/Heavy Truck Technician Exams for Electrical/Electronic Systems and immediately enter a career in this area and/or attend post-secondary education and/or training.  Students develop diagnostic, technical, and academic skills through classroom instruction and hands-on maintenance applications in the above areas.  Through theory and real-world experiences, students master the concepts and the ability to identify and perform necessary repair tasks utilizing the latest techniques and applications on Class 4 through Class 8 trucks and tractors. 

 

Students will  understand and be able to perform: 

  • 95% of all Priority 1 (P-1) items as identified by ASE
  • 70% of all Priority 2 (P-2) items as identified by ASE
  • 25% of all Priority 3 (P-3) items as identified by ASE

 

Specifically, upon sucessful completion of this course, students will be able to: 

Analyze and determine required and locally established safety precautions for the work to be performed;

Evaluate and determine appropriate procedure, tools, and materials for proper diagnosis and repair;

Operate pneumatic tools, compressor, lifts, hand tools, and related equipment necessary for the proper diagnosis and repair;

Inspect, analyze and determine appropriate actions and repair procedures;

Identify equipment maintenance requirements, determine causes and cures, and estimate the cost of repair; and

Analyze and identify discrepancies and plan and execute all final repair related tasks for the following areas:

 

Electrical/Electronic Systems –

  • General Electrical Systems Diagnosis
  • Battery Diagnosis and Repair
  • Starting System Diagnosis and Repair
  • Charging System Diagnosis and Repair
  • Lighting Systems Diagnosis and Repair
  • Gauges and Warning Devices Diagnosis and Repair
  • Related Electrical Systesms Diagnosis and Repair

 

 

 

Course Title:  Diesel Engines and Preventative Maintenance (2 credits) SCED 20945

Course Description:  This course provides the student with the knowledge and skills necessary to pass the ASE Medium/Heavy Truck Technician Exams for Diesel Engines and to perform Preventative Maintenance and immediately enter a career in this area and/or attend post-secondary education and/or training.  Students develop diagnostic, technical, and academic skills through classroom instruction and hands-on maintenance applications in the above areas.  Through theory and real-world experiences, students master the concepts and the ability to identify and perform necessary repair tasks utilizing the latest techniques and applications on Class 4 through Class 8 trucks and tractors. 

 

Students will  understand and be able to perform: 

  • 95% of all Priority 1 (P-1) items as identified by ASE
  • 70% of all Priority 2 (P-2) items as identified by ASE
  • 25% of all Priority 3 (P-3) items as identified by ASE

 

Specifically, upon sucessful completion of this course, students will be able to: 

  • Analyze and determine required and locally established safety precautions for the work to be performed;
  • Evaluate and determine appropriate procedure, tools, and materials for proper diagnosis and repair;
  • Operate pneumatic tools, compressor, lifts, hand tools, and related equipment necessary for the proper diagnosis and repair;
  • Inspect, analyze and determine appropriate actions and repair procedures;
  • Identify equipment maintenance requirements, determine causes and cures, and estimate the cost of repair; and
  • Analyze and identify discrepancies and plan and execute all final repair related tasks for the following areas:
  • Diesel Engines –
  • General Engine Diagnosis
  • Cylinder Head and Valve Train Diagnosis and Repair
  • Engine Block Diagnosis and Repair
  • Lubrication Systems Diagnosis and Repair
  • Cooling System Dignosis and Repair
  • Air Induction and Exhaust Systems Diagnosis and Repair
  • Fuel System Diagnosis and Repair
  • Engine Brake Inspection and Adjustment
  • Preventative Maintenance –
  • Engine System Preventative Maintenance Inspections
  • Cab and Hood Preventative Maintenance Inspections
  • Electrical/Electronics Preventative Maintenance Inspections
  • Frame and Chassis Preventative Maintenance Inspections
 
The Medium/Heavy Truck course at Somerset County Technical High School is a 2 year long course, designed to give high school students an in depth look into the industry and all of the potential career paths it has to offer. The first year students will dive into Steering & Suspension and Brake systems in their first semester, and Electronics and HVAC in their second semester. Second year students will have a school year long course of Diesel Engine Technology and Preventative Maintenance Inspection Technology. We have engine, tractor and trailer, transmission, and various other donations from local farmers, and major corporations such as Sysco Eastern Maryland, and Perdue Farms. The students will get to put their hands on real world applications, as well as train on 2 Cummins ISX 15 engines, with a fully functional after-treatment system and a breakout box to bug the system for diagnostic procedures. Overall the county is now offering students an incredible opportunity to learn and excel in a career that is steadily uprising.