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(Grades 11-12) Half Day 120 minutes daily, m-f
DIESEL POWER TECHNOLOGY program, located on the North Campus, covers engines, fuel systems, and power trains on agricultural equipment and medium/heavy duty diesel equipment. Students will learn gas and diesel engine overhaul skills needed to enter the field as an agricultural, industrial, and consumer products mechanic. Other topics covered: equipment set-up, adjustment and maintenance, sales, customer relations, computerized electronic fuel systems, lubricating and cooling systems, valves, timing and micrometers. Students will also learn mechanical skills for power transmission systems that prepare them to work on agriculture, industrial and consumer products equipment. Exploration of power transfer using clutches, gears, power shifts, torque converters, hydrostatic, final drives and power take off devices. Construction equipment maintenance is also part of the course. *Students will be encouraged to bring in equipment/trucks for repairs. Job placements may be available for qualified students. Leadership training through FFA is part of the course as well as participating in the Skills USA competition.
Prerequisites: 10 credits on transcript. Credits: 6 credits (1 science, 5 electives) upon completion of the two-year program.
Recommended Preparation: Mechanical Science, Algebra I and Geometry, or similar math experience.
Qualifying students can earn up to 3 college credits from Vermont Technical College in Vehicle Electronics (GTS 1120), taken with Automotive students.
Related careers: diesel technician; hydraulics specialist; fleet maintenance person; service writer; service manager; service technician; parts person; forklift technician.