2014-15 Catalog

Diesel Power Technology




The Diesel Power Technology certificate program is designed to provide students with general understanding and skills in diesel mechanics with industrial, transportation and manufacturing applications.

This certificate provides generalized knowledge of diesel engines so program graduates can work as service technicians and mechanics in a variety of maintenance and operational roles in transportation, manufacturing, industrial, and agricultural settings.

Diesel Service Technicians and Mechanics inspect, repair and overhaul buses, trucks and other vehicles with a diesel engines such as bulldozers, cranes, commercial boats, passenger vehicles and pickup trucks. Although employers may only require a high school degree, many look for workers with postsecondary training in diesel engine repair.

  • Classes mix hands-on training with classroom instruction
  • $40,800/year median wage for technicians & mechanics*
  • Locomotive engine will be used in lab

Admission to the Programs:  Open

First-Time Enrollees

  1. Complete an application for admission and, if desired, apply for financial aid.
  2. Send an official high school transcript or GED score report to the Admissions and Records Office.
  3. Complete the placement exam, COMPASS.
  4. Meet with an advisor/counselor to select classes and complete the registration process.


Department of Career, Technical & Health Education
2400 Tom L. Wilson Blvd.
Galesburg, IL 61401
Phone: 309.345.3500


First Year
Fall SemesterSemester Hours
DTT.107Engine Systems Locomotive (Engine Systems Locomotive) 6
ELT.100Electrical Fundamentals 3
WEL.100Welding Theory OFC & OAW 1
WEL.102Metal Preparation 1
WEL.109Oxyacetylene Welding 1
MAT.101Technical Mathematics 1 3
Spring Semester
DTT.150Dealership Management (Dealership Management) 3
ELT.121Rail/Off Hiway Motive Power Electrical (Rail/Off Highway Motive Power Electrical Fundamentals) 4
HYD.101Hydraulics and Pneumatics 3
WEL.130Industrial Safety 2
WEL.107Welding Theory Basic GMAW 1
WEL.118Gas Shielded Arc-MIG 1 1
WEL.119Gas Shielded Arc-MIG 2 1
 Total Program Hours: 30.0


Note:  Students in the Diesel Power Technology program must complete all DTT, ELT, and WEL courses with a grade of C or better to register for subsequent courses and continue in the program. In order to graduate, students must complete all DTT, ELT and WEL courses with a grade of C or better.

(Students who do not expect to complete their degree within five years should refer to the Graduation Requirements section in this catalog.)



DTT.107 Engine Systems Locomotive486

Instruction in the course will deal with identification of engine systems and components used to power locomotives. Instruction will include theory of operation of 2 and 4 stroke diesel engines and an introduction to lubrication, cooling, fuel, governing. Systems studied will include: crankshaft and valve arrangement and timing; cylinder head and valve train; pistons, rings and connecting rods. The use of necessary measuring and reconditioning tools will be taught, emphasizing safety and proper methods of their use. The emphasis in this class will be on operation, disassembly procedures and recognition of wear and failure of parts. Rebuilding techniques will be demonstrated and discussed.
Offered: Fall or Spring
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program permits:
Degree or Certificate: AAS, AGS and Certificates where applicable.
General Education -- Not Applicable

DTT.150 Dealership Management33

This course is designed to acquaint the student with the business and management aspects in a farm implement dealership. The dealership will be studied as a complete business consisting of the following profit centers: service department, parts department, sales department. Management issues such as customer relations, employer and employee rights and responsibilities, liability, hiring, firing, and accountability will be presented.
Offered: Fall or Spring
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate: AAS, AGS and Certificates where applicable.
General Education -- Not Applicable