Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Course Number:
DST 110
Course Title:
Caterpillar Engine Fundamental
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Course Description

This course introduces the student to Caterpillar basic diesel engine theory and service procedures. The principles of compression ignited internal combustion engines are taught and variations in design are discussed. Caterpillar engines are used for lab disassembly and assembly. Prerequisites: Provide a dealer letter indicating secured internship at a participating Caterpillar Dealership. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes for the course

At the completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  • Identify the wide range of engines in the Caterpillar Product Line
  • Identify various diesel engine applications
  • Explain basic diesel engine theory
  • Define engine performance terms
  • Identify basic diesel engine components and their function
  • Describe the following engine systems:
  • Air intake and exhaust systems
  • Lubrication system
  • Cooling system
  • Fuel system and governor
  • Demonstrate the ability to disassemble and inspect a Caterpillar 3406 diesel engine with a mechanical governor
  • Demonstrate the ability to reassemble and perform necessary adjustments on a Caterpillar 3406 diesel engine with a mechanical governor
  • Explain the operation of the Caterpillar Sleeve Metering Fuel System
  • Explain the operation of the Caterpillar 3116/26 Mechanical Unit Injector Fuel System

Course Activities and Design

       This is an outcome based course utilizing a lecture/lab format. This course includes videos, assignments, demonstrations, lectures, and hands on learning. . Course will be taught using Caterpillar equipment and curriculum.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

·            Multiple choice, true/false, fill in the blank, short answer and essay testing
·            Hands-on practical testing
·            Daily lab assignments as defined by Caterpillar Curriculum / weekly and term projects
·            Attendance
·            Work ethics

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

·Introduction to Caterpillar Diesel Engines
·Air Intake and Exhaust Systems
·Lubrication Systems and Oil
·Cooling Systems
·Diesel Fuel and Mechanically Controlled Fuel Systems
·3406 Disassembly and Inspection
·            Practice Safety
·            Learn and practice personal safety
·            Learn and practice facility safety
·            Learn and practice equipment safety