Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Course Number:
DST 201
Course Title:
Machine Electronic Systems
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Course Description

This course introduces the student to Caterpillar machine electronic systems and diagnostic tooling needed by a technician to properly diagnose and repair the complex electrical/electronic systems installed in Caterpillar machines. DST 117. 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 Caterpillar Machine Electronic Systems.

The student will be able to:

§         Explain the function and test the electronic components in Caterpillar machine electronic control systems.

§         Identify components and explain the operation of Caterpillar electronically controlled engines.

§         Connect Cat ET to a machine or engine to view machine systems status, perform diagnostic tests, and calibrate system components.

§         Identify the components and explain the operation of the following monitoring systems:

Electronic Monitoring System (EMS)

Computerized Monitoring System (CMS)

Caterpillar Monitoring System

Vital Information Display System (VIDS)

Vital Information Management System (VIMS)

                                              Use Data View for the purpose of performing

                                          On €“ Machine diagnosis.

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.   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)

Machine Electronic Components


§         Learn Electronic Control System Components.


Electronically Controlled Engines

§         Learn Programmable Electronic Engine Controls (PEEC)

§         Learn about Electronic Unit Injection.

Caterpillar Electronic Technician.

§         Learn to use Cat ET Screens.

§         Learn Printing and File Management.

§         Learn to use Factory Passwords.

§         Learn Data Analysis and Storage.

§         Learn Engine Diagnostics with CAT ET.

§         Learn Flash Programming with CAT ET.

                         Monitoring Systems


§         Learn Earlier Monitoring Systems.

§         Learn Caterpillar Monitoring System.

§         Learn the Vital Information Display/Management System. 

Data View


§         Learn to use Data View.

                       Practice personal safety.


§         Learn and practice personal safety.

§         Learn and practice facility safety.

§         Learn and practice equipment safety.