Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Course Number:
DS 204
Course Title:
Diesel Starting, Charging and Electrical Control Systems
Credit Hours:
6
Lecture Hours:
15
Lecture/Lab Hours:
90
Lab Hours:
0
Special Fee:
$27.00

Course Description

Covers advanced automotive electrical theory, electrical components, and proper electric diagnostic and repair procedures. Includes advanced automotive electrical systems, diagnostic tool use and maintenance. Prerequisites: DS 104. Audit available.

Addendum to Course Description

This is an outcome-based course utilizing a lecture/lab format and includes videos, work books, demonstrations, lectures, and hands on learning.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon completion of the course students should be able to:

  • Analyze and determine the problem and implement the correct repair of automotive electrical components and systems.
  • Conduct repairs in an ethical and professional manner, respecting industry safety and environmental guidelines.
  • Communicate with coworkers, customers, management and general public in a professional and knowledgeable manner.

Course Activities and Design

Upon successful completion students should be able to:

  • Analyze and determine the problem and implement the correct repair of automotive electrical components and systems.
  • Conduct repairs in an ethical and professional manner, respecting industry safety and environmental guidelines.
  • Communicate with coworkers, customers, management and general public in a professional and knowledgeable manner.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

  • Written multiple choice, true/false and short answer tests.
  • Hands on practical tests.
  • Daily/weekly/term project portfolio.
  • Attendance
  • Work ethics

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Knowledge of how and why starters and generators work.

  • Learn starting and charging electrical systems.
  • Learn history and theory of automotive electricity.

Learn Cummins Electronic Engine controls and diagnosis.

  • Learn to connect computer and access engine ECM.
  • Learn to extract failure codes and perform engine tests.
  • Learn to perform proper diagnosis and sensor tests.

Learn about tools and materials.

  • Learn about different test meters and their proper use.
  • Learn about and demonstrate the proper use of rebuild and test equipment.
  • Learn identification and use of internal parts. 

Skills in electrical failure diagnosis.

  • Learn to recognize failures and their causes.
  • Learn the resources available to the technician for research and failure identification.
  • Learn to properly evaluate a failure to find the reason for the failure.

Practice personal safety.

  • Learn and practice personal safety by wearing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
  • Learn and practice shop cleanliness.
  • Learn and practice tool maintenance and safety.