Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Course Number:
DST 116
Course Title:
Fundamentals of Transmissions and Torque Converters
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Course Description

This course will discuss the basic components and operation of power train systems used in Caterpillar machines. Included will be basic components, clutches, torque converters, manual shift transmissions, and component functions are explained as they relate to the operation of various power train systems. DST 112 and DST 114. 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:

§         Demonstrate an understanding of basic power train components and theory of operation.

§         Identify the components and explain the operation of flywheel clutches.

§         Identify the components and explain the operation of torque converters and torque dividers.

§         Identify the components and explain the operation of manual transmissions.

§         Identify the components and explain the operation of power shift transmissions and transmission control systems.

§         Disassemble and assemble a torque converter, torque divider, manual transmission, and power shift transmission.

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.

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 Power Train.


§         Learn Power Train Main Components and Theory of Operation.

§         Learn Power Transfer Methods.

§         Learn Gears and Gear Sets.


§         Learn about Flywheel Clutches.

§         Learn about Torque Converters and Torque Dividers.


§         Learn Manual Shift Transmissions.

§         Learn Power Shift Transmissions.

§         Learn Power Shift Transmission Control Systems.



§         Learn and practice personal safety.

§         Learn and practice facility safety.

§         Learn and practice equipment safety.