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Submitter's Information


Rachel Smith


Director, Workforce Programs and CTE Grants


Bay Area


Santa Rosa Junio College

CTE Dean

CTE Dean's Name

Brad Davis

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Program Details

Program Title

Medium Heavy Truck Fundamentals

Submission Type

New Program

TOPs Code

Diesel Technology (094700)

Projected Start Date


Catalog Description

The Medium Heavy Truck Fundamentals Certificate offers both theoretical and hands-on training, that may include: engine theory, diesel fuel systems, heating ventilation and air conditioning, pollution control systems, electrical systems, drive trains, brake systems, suspension systems, and hydraulic systems. Course work prepares students to take the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) exams. Students enrolling in the program should have the desire and ability to work with their hands, demonstrate critical thinking, possess a high degree of mechanical aptitude, and enjoy working in a shop environment. Program completers should be able to find employment as entry-level apprentice Medium Heavy Truck technicians.

Enrollment Completer Projections

The former 7-unit certificate had an average of 10-15 completers per year; we anticipate the new certificate will have 15-20 completers.

Program Proposal Attributes

Program Award Type(s) (Check all that apply)
  • Certificate of Achievement: 16 or greater semester (or 24 or greater quarter) units (C)
Program Goal

1. Demonstrate the correct use of safety procedures utilized by a mobile equipment repair technician.
2. Locate and interpret technical manuals from online computerized databases.
3. Demonstrate the appropriate use and maintenance of hand, shop, and precision tools.
4. Prepare initial, revised, and final repair orders in compliance with California law (BAR).
5. Demonstrate the proper use of a Digital Multimeter (DMM) during diagnosis of electrical circuit problems, including: source voltage, voltage drop, current flow, and resistance.
6. Analyze and diagnose a mobile equipment charging system using appropriate electrical tools and equipment.
7. Analyze and diagnose a mobile equipment starting system using appropriate electrical tools and equipment.
8. Analyze and diagnose a mobile equipment low-voltage battery system using appropriate electrical tools and equipment.
9. Test the Controller Area Network (CAN) BUS system signal with a Digital Storage Oscilloscope (DSO). Set up the DSO to capture the CAN hi (+) and CAN lo (-) signals.
10. Identify and describe the theory, service, and repair of common types of automotive heating and air conditioning systems.
11. Use industry standard recovery, recycling, and recharging equipment to diagnose and service automotive air conditioning systems.
12. Demonstrate use of tools and equipment in a welding shop per American National Standards Institute (ANSI) safety standards Z49.
13. Perform arc weld from the flat, fillet weld position per American Welding Society (AWS) standards.
14. Perform oxy-acetylene weld on a butt joint, lap joint, fillet joint, and brazing fillet joint per AWS standards.
15. Demonstrate ability to safely use oxy-acetylene cutting torch per AWS standards.
16. Identify the basic principles of the modern diesel engine.
17. Define the basic troubleshooting of diesel electronic fuel control systems.
18. Inspect, diagnose, and repair heavy duty drivetrain components.
19. Interpret and understand repair manuals for repair of drivetrain components.
20. Evaluate and diagnose medium heavy-duty brake components/system malfunctions.
21. Evaluate and diagnose medium heavy-duty steering systems.
22. Evaluate and diagnose medium heavy-duty suspension systems.
23. Perform maintenance inspections on agricultural, construction, public transportation, and trucking equipment.
24. Evaluate equipment condition and determine repair options.
25. Describe and interpret hydraulic schematics and repair manuals in relation to hydraulic systems.
26. Demonstrate ability to diagnose and repair hydraulic systems on agricultural and instruction equipment.

Course Units and Hours

Total Certificate Units (Minimum and Maximum)


Units for Degree Major or Area of Emphasis (Minimum and Maximum)


Total Units for Degree (Minimum and Maximum)


Course Report

Program Requirements Narrative

This certificate is designed for future Medium Heavy Truck Technicians who want to start their careers and demonstrate technical knowledge skills to excel in their chosen fields.

Program Requirements
(Y1 or S1)
ATL 101
Transportation Information Systems and Shop Practices
ATL 105
Service Writing and Shop Management
ATL 161
Mobile Electrical Systems 1
WELD 170
Beginning Welding: Fundamentals of Arc and Gas Welding
ATL 162
Mobile Electrical Systems 2
ATL 170
Mobile Heating and Air Conditioning Systems
Elective: ATL 290
Mobile Hydraulic Systems3.0S2

Supporting Documents

Bay Area Regional Questions

Goal of Program


Include any other information you would like to share.
This certificate is replacing the existing Diesel Technology Certificate.
Please list similar programs at other colleges in the service area which may be impacted, including the name of the college, the name of the program that may be impacted, the name of the person you contacted and the outcome of that contact.
Michael Pratt from Mendocino College serves on the SRJC ATL advisory committee and has confirmed support at the 4.14.23 and 11.17.23 meetings – minutes available if needed. Attempts were made by ATL program director, Jesse Kosten, to contact College of Marin as follows: 2.9.24 – First email sent to Ron Palmer, Department Chair - 2.21.24 – Called Ron at 628-234-8532 2.21.24 – Email forwarded to Alina Varona, Dean - 2.22.24 – Called Ron and left voicemail stated need to hear back from him on this issue. 628-234-8532

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03/01/24 - 03:26 PM



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