Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Course Number:
DST 114
Course Title:
Fundamentals of Electrical Systems
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Course Description

This course introduces the student to basic electrical and electronic fundamentals needed by a technician to properly diagnose and repair the complex electrical installed in Caterpillar machines. DST 110 and DST 111. 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 have working knowledge of basic electrical theory, components and basic electrical systems.

§         Using Caterpillar electrical schematics, the student will be able to operationally test Caterpillar machine systems, trouble-shoot diagnose, and repair electrical components and electrical systems.

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 Electricity

Learn about electricity and how it works

Learn about magnetism

Electrical Circuits

Learn Ohm€™s Law

Learn Basic Circuit Theory

Learn to use a Digital Multimeter

Learn Electrical Measurment

Learn Circuit Faults

Electrical Components

 Learn Basic Electrical Components

 Learn Solid State Electrical Components

 Learn Electrical Schematics

 Machine Electrical Systems

 Learn about Batteries

Learn about Charging Systems

 Learn about Starting Systems


Learn and practice personal safety.

Learn and practice facility safety.

Learn and practice equipment safety.