Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Course Number:
DST 203
Course Title:
Caterpillar Machine Diagnostic
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Course Description

This course introduces the student to machine problem identification using diagnostic tooling and reference material to properly diagnose and repair the complex systems installed on Caterpillar machines. The course will concentrate on repair logic and applications, using a troubleshooting and diagnosis process, to solve machine faults in the power train, hydraulic system, and electrical system. The remainder of the course will focus on solving actual machine malfunctions, utilizing all diagnostic principles, tooling, and electronic troubleshooting applications. DST 201 and DST 117. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes for the course

At the completion of this course", the student will be able to use Caterpillar service literature and diagnostic tooling to troubleshoot and repair problems in the following machine systems:
·         Power Train
·         Hydraulic System
·         Electrical 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 Diagnostics and Troubleshooting
·         Power Train Diagnostics
·         Hydraulic Systems Diagnostics
·         Electrical Systems Diagnostics
·         Practice Safety
·            Learn and practice personal safety
·            Learn and practice facility safety
·            Learn and practice equipment safety