Skagit Valley College

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 Course Title:   Diesel Engines I

 Title Abbreviation:   DIESEL ENGINES I

 Department:    DSL

 Course #:    202

 Credits:    8

 Variable:     No

 IUs:    9.75

 CIP:    470605

 EPC:    775

 REV:    2021

 Course Description  

Introduction to the diesel engine and its importance to the economy. Covers shop safety, hand and power tools, precision measuring tools, threaded fasteners, torque and tension. Basics of diesel engine operating theory and design, including all internal engine mechanical components. Introduction to preventative maintenance. Mathematics as it relates to the diesel industry will be incorporated. Shop projects include removal, teardown, and inspection of a modern diesel engine.


Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in DSL 101 or 201; CSS 103 or concurrently enrolled.

Additional Course Details

Contact Hours (based on 11 week quarter)

Lecture: 33

Lab: 99

Other: 0

Systems: 0

Clinical: 0

Intent: Distribution Requirement(s) Status:  

Vocational Preparatory Required for ATA degree, Required for certificate  

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Learning Outcomes

After completing this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Use precision measuring tools.
  2. Compute sizes and clearances accurately using above tools.
  3. Identify and inspect housing components and follow repair procedures.
  4. Adjust valves and injectors using Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) prescribed techniques.
  5. Successfully complete a safety assessment.
  6. Understand the operating principles of a 4-stroke cycle diesel engine.
  7. Understand the concepts of horsepower and its relationship to torque and RPM.
  8. Work with fellow students in a team environment.
  9. Understand and practice customer communication skills and techniques for a diverse and multicultural population.

General Education Learning Values & Outcomes

Revised August 2018 and affects outlines for 2019 and later.


Definition: Think analytically, logically, creatively, and reflectively.

Course Contents

  1. Safety training.
  2. Precision measuring- tools and handling.
  3. Precision measuring- related math skills.
  4. Housing components.
  5. Valve train identification and adjustment.
  6. Introduction to Preventative Maintenance.
  7. Concepts of the 4-stroke cycle diesel engine.
  8. Principles of horsepower.
  9. Team environment.
  10. Customer communication in a multicultural population.