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HDCD 100A - Heavy Duty/Commercial Transport Technician Foundation Trades Training/Level 1
Course Details
Course Code:
HDCD 100A

Calendar Description:
This foundation program consists of Level 1 Apprenticeship Technical Training in addition to the practical and essential skills related to Commercial Transport/Heavy Duty Equipment Technician. Upon completion of this program, students will choose which specialization they will apprentice.

Commercial Transport Vehicle Mechanics diagnose, repair and service highway buses and trucks. They work for commercial transport vehicle dealers, garages and service stations. A Commercial Transport Vehicle Mechanic is designated as a Truck and Transport Mechanic under the Interprovincial Red Seal program. These mechanics work on the mechanical, electrical and electronic components of vehicles. This includes the fuel, brake, steering and suspension, transmission, emission control and exhaust, and cooling and climate control systems. Some mechanics specialize in one or more of these systems.

Heavy Duty Equipment Mechanics overhaul, repair and service equipment such as graders, loaders, shovels, tractors, trucks, forklifts, drills, and wheeled and tracked vehicles. Working from manufacturers' specifications, they identify and repair problems in structural, mechanical, or hydraulic systems. Heavy Duty Equipment Mechanics work on industrial and construction vehicles, such as mining trucks and bulldozers; on heavy equipment used in construction, forestry, materials handling, landscaping, and land clearing; as well as on buses and large trucks.


Date First Offered:
2008-02-01

Hours:
Total Hours: 600
Lecture Hours: 15
Shop Teaching Kitchen: 15


Total Weeks:
20

This course is offered online:
No

Pre-Requisites:
Admission into the program

Non-Course Pre-Requisites:
None

Co-Requisites:
None

Rearticulation Submission:
No

Course Content:
Work Practices
- Applications of the Workers Compensation Act in the workplace
- General safety practices for trade areas
- Basic body mechanics when lifting or moving objects
- Extinguishing small fires
- Safe work practices
- Safety procedures for the welding shop areas
- Survival first aid procedures

Operation of Equipment
- Start, move and stop heavy duty equipment

Use of Shop Resources
- Locating parts and service information
- Recording keeping methods
- Writing a simple report
- Basic computer skills

Preparation for Employment
- The Heavy Duty / Commercial Mechanics trade
- Business and labour organizations
- Expectations and responsibilities of employers and employees
- Legislation affecting employment
- Employment readiness skills

Hand and Power Tools and Shop Equipment
- Basic mechanics tools
- Power metal working tools
- Mechanics measuring tools
- Mechanics hand tools
- Air operated tools
- Shop cleaning equipment
- The hydraulic press

Lifting Loads
- Lifting and hoisting equipment
- Safe rigging practices
- Jacks

Fasteners and Fittings
- Fastenings and fittings
- Cutting threads and removing broken threaded fasteners
- Assembling pipe, tubing and fittings
- Assembling hoses and fittings
- Soldering tubing and sheet metal

Bearings, Seals and Lubricants
- Lubricants
- Bearings and seals

Oxyacetylene Welding
- Gases, components and handling procedures for oxy-fuel cutting and welding
- Portable oxyacetylene outfits
- Guided and free hand cuts on mild steel plate, round stock, angle iron and pierce holes
- Oxy-fuel fusion weld mild steel plate in the flat position
- Braze weld lap joints on mild steel plate
- Shielded metal arc welding (smaw) process and its applications
- Shielded metal arc welding equipment and its operation
- Mild steel electrodes for shielded metal arc welding
- Metal arc weld butt, t- and corner joints on mild steel plate


Service of Hydraulic Systems
- Hydraulic principles
- Basic hydraulic systems construction and operation
- Hoses and fittings
- Schematic drawings
- Hydraulic system maintenance
- Operation of basic hydraulic systems
- Characteristics of hydraulic fluids and seals
- Hydraulic failures
- Maintenance on hydraulic systems
- Hydraulic components
- Hydraulic systems

Internal Combustion Engines
- Internal combustion engine theory
- Basic engine design and operating principles and 2 and 4-stroke engines
- The major engine components

Engine Support Systems
- Lubricants
- Engine support systems
- Routine maintenance on engine support systems
- Cooling systems
- Engine lubrication systems
- Air induction and exhaust systems
- Fuel systems

Power Transfer Systems
- Mechanical power transfer systems
- Maintenance of power transmission systems

Service Clutches and Clutch Brakes
- Power transfer systems
- Routine maintenance checks on clutches and clutch brakes
- Preventive maintenance on standard transmissions and drive lines

Steering Systems
- Tires, wheels and rims
- Tire assemblies
- Wheel bearings and seals
- Mechanical steering linkages and front suspension
- Wheel alignment
- Manual steering gears
- Power steering gears
- Preventive maintenance on steering systems
- Troubleshooting procedures for steering systems

Frames Suspension and Attachments
- Purpose, design and construction of frames
- Measurement of frames for correct alignment
- Rear suspension systems
- Drivelines
- Fifth wheels
- Construction, maintenance and repair procedures for traction devices
- Wheel machine rigid suspension systems
- Wheel machine final drives
- Wheel machine working attachments

Wire Rope and Winches
- Wire rope
- Tractor mounted winches
- Hoist winches

Gasoline and Alternate Fuel Systems
- Preventive maintenance on gasoline and alternate fuel systems


Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of this course, students will be capable of working in the Heavy Duty/Commercial Transport Industry at a first year apprentice level and completing appropriate tasks under the supervision of a Journeyperson.

Work Practices
- Describe applications of the Workers' Compensation Act in the workplace
- Describe general safety practices for trade areas
- Demonstrate basic body mechanics when lifting or moving objects
- Demonstrate how to extinguish small fires
- Perform safe work practices
- Describe the safety procedures for the welding shop areas
- Perform survival first aid procedures

Equipment
- Demonstrate the starting, moving and stopping of heavy duty equipment

Shop Resources
- Identify and locate parts and service information
- Describe methods of record keeping
- Produce a simple report
- Perform basic computer skills

Employment
- Describe the Heavy Duty / Commercial Mechanics trade
- Describe business and labour organizations
- Describe expectations and responsibilities of employers and employees
- Identify legislation affecting employment
- Prepare for employment

Hand and Power Tools and Shop Equipment
- Demonstrate use of basic mechanics tools
- Demonstrate use of power metal working tools
- Demonstrate use of mechanics measuring tools
- Describe mechanics hand tools
- Describe air operated tools
- Utilize shop cleaning equipment
- Perform tasks using the hydraulic press

Loads
- Identify and describe lifting and hoisting equipment
- Perform safe rigging practices
- Demonstrate the proper use of jacks

Fasteners and Fittings
- Utilize fastenings and fittings
- Demonstrate how to cut threads and remove broken threaded fasteners
- Assemble pipe, tubing and fittings
- Assemble hoses and fittings
- Demonstrate how to solder tubing and sheet metal

Bearings, Seals and Lubricants
- Describe lubricants
- Correctly service bearings and seals

Oxyacetylene Welding
- Identify gases, components and handling procedures for oxy-fuel cutting and welding
- Assemble, test, light, adjust, shutdown and disassemble a portable oxyacetylene outfit
- Perform guided and free hand cuts on mild steel plate, round stock, angle iron and pierce holes
- Demonstrate oxy-fuel fusion weld mild steel plate in the flat position
- Demonstrate how to braze weld lap joints on mild steel plate
- Describe the shielded metal arc welding (smaw) process and its applications
- Identify shielded metal arc welding equipment and its operation
- Identify mild steel electrodes for shielded metal arc welding
- Demonstrate shielded metal arc weld butt, t- and corner joints on mild steel plate
Hydraulic Systems
- Describe hydraulic principles
- Describe basic hydraulic systems construction and operation
- Select and identify hoses and fittings
- Analyze and interpret schematic drawings
- Perform hydraulic system maintenance
- Review the operation of basic hydraulic systems
- Assemble and install hoses and fittings
- Describe the characteristics of hydraulic fluids and seals
- Troubleshoot and analyze hydraulic failures
- Perform scheduled maintenance on hydraulic systems
- Disassemble, inspect and reassemble hydraulic components
- Describe the operation of selected hydraulic systems

Internal Combustion Engines
- Describe the theory of internal combustion engines
- Describe basic engine design and operating principles and 2 and 4-stroke engines
- Disassemble an engine and describe the major engine components
- Demonstrate the measuring of engine components and reassemble engine

Engine Support Systems
- Identify lubricants
- Identify engine support systems
- Perform routine maintenance on engine support systems
- Service and maintain cooling systems
- Service and maintain engine lubrication systems
- Service and maintain air induction and exhaust systems
- Service and maintain fuel systems

Power Transfer Systems
- Describe selected mechanical power transfer systems
- Describe and complete the maintenance of power transmission systems

Clutches and Clutch Brakes
- Describe power transfer systems
- Perform routine maintenance checks on clutches and clutch brakes
- Perform preventive maintenance on, standard transmissions and drive lines

Steering Systems
- Service tires, wheels and rims
- Balance tire assemblies
- Service wheel bearings and seals
- Service mechanical steering linkages and front suspension
- Perform wheel alignment
- Service manual steering gears
- Service power steering gears
- Perform schedules preventive maintenance on steering systems
- Describe troubleshooting procedures for steering systems

Frames Suspension and Attachments
- Describe the purpose, design and construction of frames
- Measure frames for correct alignment
- Service rear suspension systems
- Service drivelines
- Service fifth wheels
- Describe construction, maintenance and repair procedures for traction devices
- Service wheel machine rigid suspension systems
- Service wheel machine final drives
- Service wheel machine working attachments

Wire Rope and Winches
- Service wire rope
- Service tractor mounted winches
- Service hoist winches

Gasoline and Alternate Fuel Systems
- Perform preventive maintenance on gasoline and alternate fuel systems


Grading System:
Percentage

Passing Grade:
70%

Grading Weight:
Final Exam: 20 %
Quizzes and Tests: 30 %
Assignments: 10 %
Lab Work: 40 %


Number of Assignments:
75

Percentage of Individual Work:
100

Course Offered in Other Programs:
No

Additional Comments:
Please refer to the Trades and Apprenticeship Safety and Attendance Policy.

Supplies:
CSA approved footwear and safety glasses.

Keys to Success:
Attendance, class participation, maintaining a professional attitude, successful study habits, and receiving a minimum of 70% in the program.

Text Books:

Required - ICBC, 2008, Driving Commercial Vehicles (ICBC). Chapters Covered: 7-9
Required - Norman, A. et al , 2000, Heavy Duty Truck Systems 3rd Edition (Delmar Cengage Learning). Chapters Covered: All
Required - Alberta Apprenticeship Training Modules, 2007, Heavy Duty/Commercial Transport Foundation Extra Module Package (Queen's Printer). Chapters Covered: All
Required - Alberta Apprenticeship Training Modules, 2008, Heavy Duty/Commercial Transport Foundation Package (Queen's Printer). Chapters Covered: All
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