MEDIUM/HEAVY TRUCK TECHNOLOGY – CURRICULUM AND CLASS DESCRIPTIONS

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MEDIUM/HEAVY TRUCK TECHNOLOGY – CURRICULUM AND CLASS DESCRIPTIONS

The Associate of Applied Science degree program in Medium/Heavy Truck Technology is designed to prepare skilled technicians to service medium and heavy duty trucks and similar diesel equipment.  The Medium/Heavy Truck Technology program is accredited by the Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering (ATMAE).

The Medium/Heavy Truck Technology program contributes to the green economy by updating the curriculum as needed each year to introduce the latest technology used to meet Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations regarding emission and control systems.  Additional technology being developed includes hybrid powertrain systems, dual-fueled engines, and Post-2007 diesel engines that produces post-combustion air that is cleaner than the intake air, which positively affects the carbon footprint.

Graduates of the program can expect to find employment in the service department of trucking companies, independent garages, truck dealerships, and construction companies.  They can also expect to earn competitive wages after reaching the level of a skilled technician.  Entry-level graduates usually earn from 50 to 70 percent of skilled technician rate.

Due to industry employment requirements, students are required to earn a Class A Commercial Driver License (CDL) before graduation.  The CDL training and licensing require students to:  1) maintain a driving record that is eligible for a Missouri Class A CDL, 2) obtain a complete, current, and valid Medical Examination Report and Certificate for Commercial Driver Fitness Determination, and 3) successfully pass drug screen(s).

It is a graduation requirement of the Medium/Heavy Truck Technology (MHT) program for students to earn a grade of “C” or better in all “Core Curriculum” and “Program Requirements” courses; due to state licensing requirements, students must earn a grade of “B” or better in the CDL classes.

Program Mission

The mission of the Medium/Heavy Truck Technology program is to provide students with the opportunity to develop the technical and interpersonal skills necessary to succeed in today’s truck repair industry field.

Program Goals

The goals of the program are to provide the opportunity for students to develop:

  • Electrical knowledge and skills needed to troubleshoot, repair, and maintain medium and heavy trucks.
  • Knowledge and skills necessary to troubleshoot, repair, and maintain diesel engines.
  • Knowledge and skills necessary to troubleshoot, repair, and maintain hydraulic and drive train systems as they relate to the medium/heavy duty truck field.
  • Critical thinking skills used in troubleshooting and demonstrate those skills.
  • Oral, analytical, mathematical, and written communication skills needed in the diesel technician’s field.

 

 

    CORE CURRICULUM  
      Credit Hours
MHT 102 Internship 8
MHT 130 Electrical and Electronic Systems 3
MHT 145 Engines I 3
MHT 160 Preventive Maintenance Inspection 3
MHT 170 Electrical and Electronic Systems II 3
MHT 200 Suspension and Steering 3
MHT 210 Brakes 3
MHT 242 Drive Train I 3
MHT 244 Hydraulics Fundamentals 3
MHT 246 Drive Train II 3
MHT 252 Job Estimating, Troubleshooting, and Diagnostics 3
MHT 255 Engines II 3
MHT 280 Heating and Air Conditioning 3
MHT 290 Basic Truck/Automotive Shop Management 3
    SUB-TOTAL 47
       
  GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS  
General Education Requirements 19
   
May Not Include:  
ASC 104 Human Anatomy and Physiology with Lab I 4
ASC 106 Human Anatomy and Physiology with Lab II 4
NST 101 Network Fundamentals 3
  SUB-TOTAL 19
       
    PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS  
HEO 151 Basic Commercial Driver License 1
HEO 152 Basic Commercial Driver License Lab 1
WLT 128 Basic Welding 3
    SUB-TOTAL 5
       
    GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS  
COM 125 Job Search Strategies 1
    SUB-TOTAL 1
       
    It is a graduation requirement of the Medium/Heavy Truck Technology (MHT) program for students to earn a grade of “C” or better in all “Core Curriculum” and “Program Requirements” courses; due to state licensing requirements, students must earn a grade of “B” or better in the CDL classes.  
       
    PROGRAM TOTAL 72

 

MHT 102  Internship.  Training is provided by a skilled mentor or journeyman technician at a truck service center or repair shop under a training agreement with the Medium/Heavy Truck Technology program and training station.  Prerequisites:  MHT 160, MHT 170, MHT 210, MHT 255, and MHT 280 with a grade of “C” or better.  8 credit hours.

 

MHT 130  Electrical and Electronic Systems.  A study of the basic principles of magnetism and electricity, basic circuitry and the use of test equipment. Electrical accessories, electronic controls and computers are included. Included in this course is schematic and ISO symbol reading.  3 credit hours.

 

 

MHT 145  Engines I.  Basic engine systems are the core components taught in this course.  Participants will learn and discuss related component operations and their specific functions pertaining to engine performance.  Activities will include engine rebuild, inspection, repair and maintenance.  3 credit hours.

 

MHT 160  Preventive Maintenance Inspection.  A study of the procedures used to service all of the systems of trucks. This course provides extensive training in these systems: intake, exhaust, fuel and power train.  3 credit hours.

 

MHT 170  Electrical and Electronic Systems II.  This course is a continuation of electrical and electronics found on today’s medium and heavy duty trucks.  Included will be discussions pertaining to diesel computer systems and multiplexing.  Laboratory exercises will include the use of test equipment to identify malfunctions, determine root cause, and correct the malfunction of electronic circuits.  Prerequisite:  MHT 130 with a grade of “C” or better.  3 credit hours.

 

MHT 200  Suspension and Steering.  This course provides a study of various types of steering systems and the advantages of each.  Operating principles, testing and repair of power steering and alignment are discussed and practiced.  3 credit hours.

 

MHT 210  Brakes.  This course covers braking systems used in trucks, tractors, and trailers.  Diagnosis and troubleshooting of the air and hydraulic systems are included.  Adjustments to service and parking brake systems will be performed.  3 credit hours.

 

MHT 242  Drive Train I.  This course teaches drive train service, operation, and safety.  The principles and operation of clutches and torque convertor coupling systems and standard transmission service and repair are emphasized.  3 credit hours.

 

MHT 244  Hydraulics Fundamentals.  This course teaches the theory of fluid power and hydraulics.  Basic pump, motors, and systems are explained.  3 credit hours.

 

MHT 246  Drive Train II.  This course teaches drive train service, operation, and safety.  The principles and operation of automated transmissions and drive shaft assemblies are emphasized.  Heavy duty truck axle service and repair are also included.  Prerequisite:  MHT 242 with a grade of “C” or better.  3 credit hours.

 

MHT 252  Job Estimating, Troubleshooting, and Diagnostics.  This course teaches students to estimate jobs, diagnose equipment, and perform required repairs.  3 credit hours.

 

MHT 255  Engines II.  This course will concentrate on advanced engine systems including starting and fuel with emphasis on diesel engine components and electronic engine control.  Instruction includes the use of the latest computerized test equipment utilized in engine diagnostics.  The course also includes instruction on mechanical and electronic governor control systems.  Prerequisite:  MHT 145 with a grade of “C” or better.  3 credit hours.

 

MHT 280  Heating and Air Conditioning.  Heating and air conditioning systems used on medium and heavy duty trucks. Topics and practices will include environmental safety, refrigerant recycling, recharging systems and climate control.  (Must pass the reclamation license test during the first week of class)  3 credit hours.

 

MHT 290  Basic Truck/Automotive Shop Management.  This course provides an introduction to management principles and supervisory skills. Personnel policies and work procedures commonly found in truck service centers are reviewed. Topics discussed are: keeping accurate records, writing repair orders and handling customer relations.  3 credit hours.

 

MHT 299  Special Topics in Medium/Heavy Truck Technology.  Special Topics in Medium/Heavy Truck Technology (MHT) may include instruction on topics not covered in other MHT courses.  Topics covered in other MHT courses may also be covered in more depth in this special topics course.  Projects may be undertaken in any area related to the major program with credit hours determined by the level and amount of involvement.  The minimum involvement required for one credit is 30 contact hours.  The specific topic(s), objectives, plan of instruction, and evaluation criteria must be documented in the syllabus; approved by the Department/Division Chair; and filed in the Academic Records Office.  Students may complete more than one Special Topics course, provided that the credits earned in this manner do not exceed a total of four (4) credits.  1-4 credit hours.