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HDCD 150 - Heavy Duty/Commercial Transport Technician Level 1
Course Details
Course Code:
HDCD 150

Calendar Description:
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.

Upon completion of the program, learners will choose which trade they would like to apprentice.


Date First Offered:
2008-02-01

Hours:
Total Hours: 180
Lecture Hours: 15
Shop Teaching Kitchen: 15


Total Weeks:
6

This course is offered online:
No

Pre-Requisites:
HDCD 100A Heavy Duty/Commercial Transport Technician Foundation Trades Training
HDCD 100B Trades Mathematics and Science


Non-Course Pre-Requisites:
None

Co-Requisites:
None

Rearticulation Submission:
No

Course Content:
As per the Industry Training Authority (ITA), course content will derive from and expand upon the skills and theory observed in HDCD 100A.

Electrical Principles and Practices
- The basic principles of electricity
- Common electrical and electronic components
- Basic circuit characteristics
- The principles of electromagnetism
- The construction and operation of batteries in industry
- Batteries
- Preventive maintenance on starting systems
- Preventive maintenance on charging systems
- Preventive maintenance on ignition systems
- Electronic ignition systems

Service of Hydraulic Brake Systems
- The operation of hydraulic brakes
- Hydraulic brake systems
- Power assisted hydraulic brake systems
- Parking brakes
- Inspection and troubleshooting procedures

Service of Air Brake Systems
- Standard air brake systems and components
- Dual air brake systems and components
- Air brake systems
- Air brake certification

Air Operated Controls and Accessories
- Air starters
- Air shift controls and air throttles
- Door openers, window winders, windshield wiper motors and air horns

Drive Axles
- Drive axle maintenance

Torque Converters, Powershift and Automatic Transmissions
- Torque converters, powershift and automatic transmissions

Frames, Suspensions, Steering, Running Gear and Attachments on Track-Type Equipment
- Track-type machine undercarriage
- Track-type machine final drive
- Track-type machine steering systems
- Track-type machine working attachments


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

Electrical Principles and Practices
- Describe the basic principles of electricity
- Identify common electrical and electronic components
- Verify basic circuit characteristics
- Describe the principles of electromagnetism
- Describe the construction and operation of batteries in industry
- Service and test batteries
- Perform preventive maintenance on starting systems
- Perform preventive maintenance on charging systems
- Perform preventive maintenance on ignition systems
- Describe electronic ignition systems

Hydraulic Brake Systems
- Describe the operation of hydraulic brakes
- Service hydraulic brake systems
- Service power assisted hydraulic brake systems
- Adjust parking brakes
- Perform inspection and troubleshooting procedures

Air Brake Systems
- Service standard air brake systems and components
- Service dual air brake systems and components
- Troubleshoot and maintain selected air brake systems
- Obtain air brake certification


Air Operated Controls and Accessories
- Service air starters
- Service and maintain air shift controls and air throttles
- Service door openers, window winders, windshield wiper motors and air horns

Drive Axles
- Perform preventive maintenance on drive axles

Torque Converters, Powershift and Automatic Transmissions
- Perform preventive maintenance on torque converters, powershift and automatic transmissions

Frames, Suspensions, Steering, Running Gear and Attachments on Track-Type Equipment
- Service track-type machine undercarriage
- Service track-type machine final drive
- Service track-type machine steering systems
- Service track-type machine working attachments


Grading System:
Percentage

Passing Grade:
70%

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


Number of Assignments:
48

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 , 2008, Heavy Duty Truck Systems 3rd Edition (Delmar Cengage Learning). Chapters Covered: All
Required - Alberta Apprenticeship Training Modules, 2008, Heavy Duty/Commercial Transport Foundation Extra Module Package (Queen's Printer). Chapters Covered: 6-12
Required - Alberta Apprenticeship Training Modules, 2007, Heavy Duty/Commercial Transport Foundation Package (Queen's Printer). Chapters Covered: 2-10, 19-20, 22-27, 34-46, and 49-52
Required - Grecki, S. et al, 2006, Measurement and Calculation for the Trades (Skillpath). Chapters Covered: All
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