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Diesel Technology Test-Out Options

Earn credit for what you already know by testing out of a class, or by providing national exam scores or industry credentials. If you have any questions, or would like to start the process, please contact Wendi Ludwig at 715.803.1023 or studentrecords@ntc.edu.

COLLEGE MATHEMATICS (10804107)

Credits: 3.00

This course is designed to review and develop fundamental concepts of mathematics pertinent to the areas of: 1) arithmetic and algebra; 2) geometry and trigonometry; and 3) probability and statistics. Special emphasis is placed on problem solving, critical thinking and logical reasoning, making connections and using calculators. Topics include performing arithmetic operations and simplifying algebraic expressions, solving linear equations and inequalities in one variable, solving proportions and incorporating percent applications, manipulating formulas, solving and graphing systems of linear equations and inequalities in two variables, finding areas and volumes of geometric figures, applying similar and congruent triangles, converting measurements within and between U.S. and metric systems, applying Pythagorean Theorem, solving right and oblique triangles, calculating probabilities, organizing data and interpreting charts, calculating central and spread measures and summarizing and analyzing data.

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National Exams Accepted:

  • CLEP® College Mathematics

COMMERCIAL DRIVER'S LICENSE (CDL) PREP (10412107)

Credits: 2.00

Instructs learners on the laws, regulations and various certification levels of a CDL. Provides learners the ability to complete a "pre-trip" inspection as required for CDL endorsement testing. Learners will be instructed on the legal and situational components included in CDL written testing. After completion of this course, learners will have the ability to successfully complete the Department of Motor Vehicle administered CDL testing.

Industry Credentials Accepted:

  • Valid Class A Commercial Drivers License

DIESEL BRAKE SYSTEMS 1 (10412103)

Credits: 3.00

Focuses on the air brake system component operation and maintenance for trucks and tractor/trailers. Learners will learn to perform overhaul procedures for cam, wedge and disc air operated foundation brakes, as well as heavy-duty hydraulic brakes. Provides the opportunity for learners to test and troubleshoot the entire air and hydraulic brake systems, including ABS systems found in trucks.

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DIESEL BRAKE SYSTEMS 2 (10412111)

Credits: 2.00

Focuses on the mechanical and electronic controls of air brake systems. System operation and troubleshooting of ABS and Stability Control systems for trucks and tractor/trailers. Learners will learn to read compressed air, hydraulic and electrical schematics.

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DIESEL DRIVE TRAIN 1 (10412108)

Credits: 2.00

Focuses on the various components that comprise the heavy duty drive train of heavy duty trucks and tractors. Learners will learn to service and adjust heavy duty clutches. Learners will also learn overhaul procedures on axles and differentials, as well as service procedures for driveshaft components.

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DIESEL DRIVE TRAIN 2 (10412109)

Credits: 2.00

Instructs learners on the fundamentals of heavy duty transmissions. Learners will learn to overhaul manual and automatic shifting heavy transmissions, how to troubleshoot and repair fully automatic and automatic shifting manual transmissions and how to read wiring schematics and test data-link communications.

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DIESEL ELECTRICAL SYSTEMS 3 (10412110)

Credits: 3.00

Focuses on heavy duty electronic control modules. Analyze, in detail, the different types of vehicle data links and protocols. Gain an understanding on how to troubleshoot data link failures and faults. Learners will also familiarize themselves with electronic troubleshooting manuals and charts. Through both lecture and lab we will explore techniques on using technology for fault code retrieval, information and repairs.

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DIESEL EMISSION SYSTEMS (10412113)

Credits: 2.00

Instructs learners on the latest technologies employed in heavy diesel emission reduction systems. Covers diesel emission regulations, emission reduction theory, diesel emission contributions to air quality and ethics pertaining to diesel emission system repairs. Learners will learn how to troubleshoot and repair exhaust gas recirculation systems, diesel particulate containment systems and Tier 4 exhaust aftertreatment technologies.

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DIESEL ENGINES 1 (10412106)

Credits: 3.00

Covers diesel engine theory and operation. Provides the learner with a diesel engine component overview. Perform cylinder head disassembly and evaluation, as well as proper tune-up procedures and application of service tools.

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DIESEL ENGINES 2 (10412112)

Credits: 3.00

Builds on theory and operation in Diesel Engines 1. Examines in detail, a diesel's lubricating, cooling, air induction and exhaust systems. Through lab and lecture we perform diesel engine disassembly, inspection, parts evaluation and reassembly.

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DIESEL ENGINES 3 (10412115)

Credits: 3.00

Focuses on fuel systems and electronic controls of heavy duty diesel engines. Learners will use proprietary software and logic based fault trees to troubleshoot fault codes. Learners will learn basic operation, troubleshooting and repair of high pressure common rail and unit injected diesel fuel systems.

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DIESEL PREVENTATIVE MAINTENANCE (10412104)

Credits: 3.00

Focuses on the techniques for performing preventive maintenance and DOT criteria for performing annual inspections. Discusses the importance of vehicle maintenance and inspections. Covers record-keeping requirements and the opportunity to earn an annual inspection certificate upon successful completion of the test at the conclusion of the course.

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HEAVY DUTY HVAC (10412114)

Credits: 3.00

Examines the basic theory and operation of an HVAC system. Explores system components, functions and tools. Through lab and lecture, we will cover diagnostics and repair, as well as proper refrigerant recovery, recycling and handling procedures. Learners are also introduced to trailer reefer units and their common componentry and operations.

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HEAVY DUTY SUSPENSION & STEERING (10412102)

Credits: 3.00

Explores the operation, maintenance and overhaul of various heavy-duty steering and suspension systems. Wheel alignment diagnosis, adjustment and repair will be covered. Introduces learners to wheels and tires, as well as frame and coupling devices. Emphasizes the importance of fastener torque and proper torque techniques.

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INTRO TO PSYCHOLOGY (10809198)

Credits: 3.00

This introductory course in psychology is a survey of the multiple aspects of human behavior. It involves a survey of the theoretical foundations of human functioning in such areas as learning, motivation, emotions, personality, deviance and pathology, physiological factors and social influences. It directs the student to an insightful understanding of the complexities of human relationships in personal, social and vocational settings.

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National Exams Accepted:

  • CLEP® Introductory Psychology
  • AP Psychology

INTRO TO SOCIOLOGY (10809196)

Credits: 3.00

Introduces students to the basic concepts of sociology: culture, socialization, social stratification, multi-culturalism and the five institutions, including family, government, economics, religion and education. Other topics include demography, deviance, technology, environment, social issues, social change, social organization and workplace issues.

NTC Assessments Offered:

National Exams Accepted:

  • CLEP® Introductory Sociology

INTRODUCTION TO WELDING (10442101)

Credits: 2.00

Compares equipment and techniques used in the major arc welding and thermal cutting processes. Learners perform introductory level welds in the SMAW, GMAW, FCAW and GTAW processes. Learners also perform material preparation skills including shearing, grinding and thermal cutting.

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Industry Credentials Accepted:

  • Youth Apprenticeship Certificate

ORAL/INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION (10801196)

Credits: 3.00

Focuses upon developing speaking, verbal and nonverbal communication and listening skills through individual presentations, group activities and other projects.

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WRITTEN COMMUNICATION (10801195)

Credits: 3.00

Develops writing skills which include prewriting, drafting, revising and editing. A variety of writing assignments is designed to help the learner analyze audience and purpose, research and organize ideas and format and design documents based on subject matter and content. Also develops critical reading and thinking skills through the analysis of a variety of written documents.

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National Exams Accepted:

  • CLEP® College Composition
  • AP English Language & Composition

Test-Out Option Term Definitions

Test
An exam that is scored by faculty or staff in NTC’s Testing Center.
Skill Demonstration
A performance of your expertise that is evaluated by faculty.
Combination: Test & Skill Demonstration
A combination of both a test and a skill demonstration.
Portfolio
A collection and explanation of your past learning through work or life experience.