Online Diesel Mechanics Courses

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  • DEAC Accredited
  • Self-Paced
  • Supportive
  • Low monthly payments

Program Overview

ICS Canada’s Diesel Mechanics/Heavy Truck Maintenance courses will cover everything from basic diesel engine operations to computerized truck management systems. You can complete this program in as little as one year, and with ICS Canada you train online - at home or on the go - at a pace that’s right for you. Our program can help you take the first step toward your future career.

You don’t need previous work experience for this program. Diesel mechanics can work for an established repair shop, repair and maintain their own rig, or even start their own business.¹

Curriculum Details

Program Goal and Outcomes

Program Goal

The Diesel Mechanics/Heavy Truck Maintenance Career Diploma program provides students with knowledge of skills ranging from basic diesel engine operations to troubleshooting and repair. Students will learn how to maintain and do repairs on their own trucks, work for a truck fleet or dealership, or start a full- or part-time business.

Program Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, students will be able to:

  • Recognize the role of a diesel repair technician and the many exciting career opportunities available to skilled technicians
  • Identify common tools and shop safety procedures used in the repair of heavy-duty vehicles
  • List the basic operation of a diesel engine and its major components
  • Describe the operation of the cooling and lubrication systems of a typical diesel engine
  • Identify the various procedures used in the inspection and rebuilding of a typical diesel engine
  • Explain the operation of a mechanical fuel injection system, the fuel-delivery system, as well as the properties of the various types of diesel fuels
  • Recognize the basics of electrical and electronic engine control systems
  • Recognize the basic operation and repair of heavy-duty truck steering and suspension systems, along with service and repair of vehicle wheels and tires
  • Identify the operation of hydraulic and pneumatic braking devices and control systems, the interpretation of fault-indication messages, and the troubleshooting of brake system problems
  • Describe the operation and repair procedures for common heavy-duty truck manual transmissions and clutch systems
  • Identify the principles of operation, troubleshooting steps, and repair procedures for the most common types of automatic transmissions used in today's heavy-duty trucks
  • Identify the function and operation of driveline components, troubleshooting procedures, and the tasks required for servicing driveline problems
  • Recognize the function and operation of heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems used on heavy-duty trucks

Orientation to Diesel Mechanics/Heavy Truck Maintenance

Starting Your Program

Succeed by learning how to use your ICS Canada program.

Objectives:

  • Understand how to use your Student Portal, including your My Homepage and My Courses pages.
  • Access the ICS Canada Community and use it to find answers.
  • Connect with ICS Canada on various social media sites.
Introduction to Diesel Truck Mechanics

Recognize the role of a diesel repair technician and the many exciting career opportunities available to skilled technicians.

Instruction Set 1

Truck Maintenance Fundamentals 1

Know the common tools and shop safety procedures used in the repair of heavy-duty vehicles.

Additional Material

Textbook: Diesel Technology

Instruction Set 2

Truck Engines, Part 1

This course is an introduction to diesel engines, introducing the fundamental concepts you’ll need to understand as you begin your studies of diesel mechanics. It discusses the modern trucking industry and the important role truck technicians play in it. This course also gives you a guide to a wide variety of tools that diesel technicians use. It also covers the important topic of safety—including personal safety equipment, workplace hazards, and oxyacetylene safety—which is particularly important to a diesel mechanic.

Instruction Set 3

Truck Engines, Part 2

This course focuses primarily on power produced by a vehicle’s diesel engine. You’ll learn about power formulas and equations, including brake power and indicated power calculations, and engine powertrain components. Finally, you’ll cover the engine feedback assembly.

Instruction Set 4

Fuel Systems

Understand the operation of a mechanical fuel injection system, the fuel-delivery system, as well as the properties of the various types of diesel fuels.

Instruction Set 5

Truck Electronics and Engine Controls

Recognize the basics of electronics and engine control systems.

Instruction Set 6

Truck Maintenance Fundamentals 2

Understand the basic operation of a diesel engine and its major components. Describe the operation of the cooling and lubrication systems of a typical diesel engine.

Additional Material

Textbook: Truck and Trailer Systems

Instruction Set 7

Truck Electrical Systems

Learn about the basic theory and repair of the various electrical systems.

Instruction Set 8

Truck HVAC Systems

Recognize the function and operation of heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems used on heavy-duty trucks.

Instruction Set 9

Tires, Suspension, and Steering

Know the basic operation and repair of heavy-duty truck steering and suspension systems, along with service and repair of vehicle wheels and tires.

Instruction Set 10

Brakes

Understand the operation of hydraulic and pneumatic braking devices and control systems, the interpretation of fault-indication messages, and the troubleshooting of brake system problems.

Instruction Set 11

Drivelines and Transmissions

Describe the operation and repair procedures for common heavy-duty truck manual transmissions and clutch systems. Identify the function and operation of driveline components, troubleshooting procedures, and the tasks required for servicing driveline problems.

Instruction Set 12

Troubleshooting and Repair

Describe troubleshooting, repair, and preventative maintenance practices, including inspections and maintenance programs.

Additional Material

Textbook: Diesel Engine Troubleshooting and Repair


Computer Specifications
As you know this is an online academic program. This means you will need high-speed internet access to begin your program. In addition, you will need access to a Microsoft® Windows® based computer running Windows 7® or later or an Apple® Mac® computer running OS X® or later, and an email account to participate in and complete your program.

We reserve the right to change program content and materials when it becomes necessary.
In order to further enhance your performance in this field, ICS has researched and recommended specific practical activities designed to complement your course work.
To ensure that you acquire the manual skills which are important in this program area, we encourage you to follow all of the course instructions.
Every province/territory has its own apprenticeship requirements in certain trade and technical areas. In a particular field, it may be necessary for the graduate to complete an apprenticeship before he/she is qualified to practice in their field.

Sample Lesson

To view a Diesel Mechanics sample lesson, click here.

 

 

Online diesel mechanics training course

Diesel mechanics work on engine operations and computerized management systems for trucks and other diesel vehicles. Here are a few qualities that effective diesel mechanics have in common:²

  • Detail oriented: It’s important to have a sharp eye and check things twice.
  • Problem solving: Finding the missing piece can be challenging and fun.
  • Persistent: You work until the job is done, and done well.
  • Honest: You are ethical in your work for customers.

"I chose to further my education and accounting knowledge with ICS Canada while working as an accounting clerk, which allowed me to move up within the company at which I am currently working. Studying with ICS Canada was a great experience, and the instructors were very helpful when it came to resolving any issues I had while studying."

- Sean S., ICS Canada graduate

"I have taken three diploma courses with ICS Canada. It has been very rewarding and challenging. I love to increase my knowledge level and share experiences. ICS Canada is great. Enrol! The contact with them is always very pleasant. You feel like a part of the ICS team."

- Connie K., ICS Canada graduate

Your program includes:

  • Customized payment plans with 0% interest
  • Books and ASE certification preparation materials
  • Study Planner App to customize your study plans and keep track of your progress
  • Instructional support from our experienced faculty
  • Your personalized online student homepage and learning portal
  • Exclusive access to ICS Canada’s Student and Alumni Facebook Group
  • Additional resources such as our online library and career guidance from Career Cruising

Do you recommend any additional resources for students in the Diesel Mechanics Program?

Yes, we recommend several additional online sources that are helpful while you are in the program. A few useful websites include:

What certifications are linked to the diesel mechanics program?

Students should contact provincial certification and licensure authorities for exam certification requirements.

More FAQs >

¹ Every province/territory has its own apprenticeship requirements in certain trade and technical areas. In a particular field, it may be necessary for the graduate to complete an apprenticeship before he/she is qualified to practice in their field.

² In order to further enhance your performance in this field, ICS has researched and recommended specific practical activities designed to complement your coursework. To ensure that you acquire the manual skills which are important in this program area we encourage you to follow all of the course instruction.