# CTE Resource Center - Verso - Diesel Equipment Technology II Task/Competency List

CTE Resource Center - Verso

Virginia’s CTE Resource Center

2019/2020 Competency-Based Task/Competency List for Diesel Equipment Technology II (8614/36 weeks, 280 hours)

Legislation enacted in the 2011 Virginia General Assembly (HB 1493) and amended in 2012 (HB 1108) requires where there is a national industry certification for career and technical education instructional personnel or programs for automotive technology, the Board of Education must make such certification mandatory. The provisions of this act shall become effective July 1, 2013. To comply with the requirements, all Career and Technical Education (CTE) diesel equpment technology programs must be ASE Education Foundation accredited and the instructors must be certified by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE).

Tasks/competencies bordered in blue are considered optional when marked as such; they and/or additional tasks/competencies may be taught at the discretion of the school division. All other tasks are considered essential statewide and are required of all students.

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Demonstrating Personal Qualities and Abilities

  1. Demonstrate creativity and innovation.
  2. Demonstrate critical thinking and problem solving.
  3. Demonstrate initiative and self-direction.
  4. Demonstrate integrity.
  5. Demonstrate work ethic.

Demonstrating Interpersonal Skills

  1. Demonstrate conflict-resolution skills.
  2. Demonstrate listening and speaking skills.
  3. Demonstrate respect for diversity.
  4. Demonstrate customer service skills.
  5. Collaborate with team members.

Demonstrating Professional Competencies

  1. Demonstrate big-picture thinking.
  2. Demonstrate career- and life-management skills.
  3. Demonstrate continuous learning and adaptability.
  4. Manage time and resources.
  5. Demonstrate information-literacy skills.
  6. Demonstrate an understanding of information security.
  7. Maintain working knowledge of current information-technology (IT) systems.
  8. Demonstrate proficiency with technologies, tools, and machines common to a specific occupation.
  9. Apply mathematical skills to job-specific tasks.
  10. Demonstrate professionalism.
  11. Demonstrate reading and writing skills.
  12. Demonstrate workplace safety.

Examining All Aspects of an Industry

  1. Examine aspects of planning within an industry/organization.
  2. Examine aspects of management within an industry/organization.
  3. Examine aspects of financial responsibility within an industry/organization.
  4. Examine technical and production skills required of workers within an industry/organization.
  5. Examine principles of technology that underlie an industry/organization.
  6. Examine labor issues related to an industry/organization.
  7. Examine community issues related to an industry/organization.
  8. Examine health, safety, and environmental issues related to an industry/organization.

Addressing Elements of Student Life

  1. Identify the purposes and goals of the student organization.
  2. Explain the benefits and responsibilities of membership in the student organization as a student and in professional/civic organizations as an adult.
  3. Demonstrate leadership skills through participation in student organization activities, such as meetings, programs, and projects.
  4. Identify Internet safety issues and procedures for complying with acceptable use standards.

Exploring Work-Based Learning

  1. Identify the types of work-based learning (WBL) opportunities.
  2. Reflect on lessons learned during the WBL experience.
  3. Explore career opportunities related to the WBL experience.
  4. Participate in a WBL experience, when appropriate.


Practicing Lab/Shop and Personal Safety

  1. Identify general lab/shop safety rules and procedures.
  2. Utilize safe procedures for handling of tools and equipment.
  3. Identify and use proper placement of floor jacks and jack stands.
  4. Identify and use proper procedures for safe lift operation.
  5. Utilize proper ventilation procedures for working within the lab/shop area.
  6. Identify marked safety areas.
  7. Identify the location and the types of fire extinguishers and other fire safety equipment; demonstrate knowledge of the procedures for using fire extinguishers and other fire safety equipment.
  8. Identify the location and use of eye wash stations.
  9. Identify the location of the posted evacuation routes.
  10. Comply with the required use of safety glasses, ear protection, gloves, and shoes during lab/shop activities.
  11. Identify and wear appropriate clothing for lab/shop activities.
  12. Secure hair and jewelry for lab/shop activities.
  13. Demonstrate awareness of the safety aspects of supplemental restraint systems (SRS), electronic brake control systems, and hybrid vehicle high voltage circuits.
  14. Demonstrate awareness of the safety aspects of high voltage circuits (such as high intensity discharge [HID] lamps, ignition systems, injection systems, etc.).
  15. Demonstrate knowledge of safety data sheets' (SDS) location and content.


Diesel Engines: General

  1. Diagnose cranking and starting problems.
  2. Identify engine surging, rough operation, misfiring, low power, slow deceleration, slow acceleration, and shutdown problems.
  3. Identify engine vibration problems.
  4. Record electronic diagnostic codes.

Diesel Engines: Servicing Air Induction and Exhaust Systems

  1. Inspect exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) system.

Diesel Engines: Servicing Fuel Supply System

  1. Check fuel level and condition.
  2. Perform fuel supply and return system tests.
  3. Inspect fuel tanks, vents, caps, mounts, valves, screens, crossover system, supply and return lines and fittings.


Brakes: Servicing Air Brakes

  1. Identify poor stopping, air leaks, premature wear, pulling, grabbing, dragging, or balance problems caused by supply and service system malfunctions.
  2. Check air system build-up time.
  3. Drain air reservoir/tanks.
  4. Inspect air compressor drive gear, belts and coupling.
  5. Inspect air compressor inlet; oil supply and coolant lines, fittings, and mounting brackets.
  6. Inspect air system pressure controls.
  7. Inspect air system lines, hoses, fittings, and couplings.
  8. Inspect air tank relief (safety) valves, one-way (single) check valves, two-way (double) check valves, manual and automatic drain valves.
  9. Inspect air drier systems, filters, valves, heaters, wiring, and connectors.
  10. Inspect brake application.
  11. Inspect stop light circuit switches, wiring, and connectors.
  12. Inspect hand brake (trailer) control valve, lines, fittings, and mountings.
  13. Inspect brake relay valves.
  14. Inspect quick release valves.
  15. Inspect tractor protection valve.
  16. Inspect emergency (spring) brake control/modulator valve(s).
  17. Inspect low pressure warning devices, wiring, and connectors.
  18. Inspect air pressure gauges, lines, and fittings.

Brakes: Servicing Mechanical/Foundation Brakes

  1. Identify poor stopping, brake noise, premature wear, pulling, grabbing, or dragging problems.
  2. Inspect service brake chambers, diaphragm, clamp, spring, pushrod, clevis, and mounting brackets.
  3. Service slack adjusters.
  4. Inspect camshafts, tubes, rollers, bushings, seals, spacers, retainers, brake spiders, shields, anchor pins, and springs.
  5. Inspect air disc brake caliper assemblies.
  6. Inspect brake shoes or pads.
  7. Inspect brake drums or rotors.

Brakes: Servicing Parking Brakes

  1. Replace parking (spring) brake chamber.
  2. Inspect parking (spring) brake check valves, lines, hoses, and fittings.
  3. Inspect parking (spring) brake application and release valve.
  4. Manually release (cage) and reset (uncage) parking (spring) brakes.
  5. Test anti compounding brake function.


Suspension and Steering: Servicing Steering Column

  1. Identify causes of fixed and driver adjustable steering column and shaft noise, looseness, and binding problems.
  2. Service steering shaft U-joints (s), slip joints, bearings, bushings, and seals.
  3. Adjust ride height.

Suspension and Steering: Servicing Steering Units

  1. Identify causes of power steering system noise, steering binding, darting/oversteer, reduced wheel cut, steering wheel kick, pulling, non- recovery, turning effort, looseness, hard steering, overheating, fluid leakage, and fluid aeration problems.
  2. Determine recommended type of power steering fluid level and condition.
  3. Refill power steering system.
  4. Perform power steering system pressure, temperature, and flow tests.
  5. Service power steering reservoir including filter, seals, and gaskets.
  6. Inspect power steering pump drive gear and coupling device.
  7. Replace power steering pump, mountings, and brackets.
  8. Replace power steering system cooler, lines, hoses, clamps/mountings, hose routings, and fittings.
  9. Replace integral type power steering gear(s) (single and/or dual) and mountings.

Suspension and Steering: Servicing Steering Linkage

  1. Align pitman arm.
  2. Adjust steering (wheel) stops.
  3. Lubricate steering components.

Suspension and Steering: Servicing Suspension Systems

  1. Inspect front axles and attaching hardware.
  2. Service kingpins, steering knuckle bushings, locks bearings, seals, and covers.
  3. Inspect shock absorbers, bushings, brackets, and mounts.
  4. Inspect leaf springs, center bolts, clips, pins and bushings, shackles, U-bolts, insulators, brackets, and mounts.
  5. Inspect axle aligning devices.
  6. Inspect tandem suspension equalizer components.
  7. Test air suspension pressure regulator and height control valves, lines, hoses, dump valves, and fittings.
  8. Inspect air springs, mounting plates, springs, suspension arms, and bushings.
  9. Adjust ride height.
  10. Identify rough ride problems.

Suspension and Steering: Wheel Alignment Diagnosis, Adjustment, and Repair

  1. Identify causes of vehicle wandering, pulling, shimmy, hard steering, and off-center steering wheel problems.
  2. Check camber.
  3. Check caster.
  4. Adjust toe settings.
  5. Check rear axle(s) alignment (thrustline/centerline) and tracking.
  6. Identify turning/Ackerman angle (toe-out-on-turns) problems.
  7. Check front axle alignment (centerline).


Electrical/Electronic Systems: Servicing Starting System

  1. Perform starter circuit cranking voltage and voltage drop tests.
  2. Test components (key switch, push button and/or magnetic switch) and wires and harnesses in the starter control circuit.
  3. Test starter relays and solenoids/switches.
  4. Replace starter.

Electrical/Electronic Systems: Servicing Charging System

  1. Test instrument panel, mounted volt meters, and/or indicator lamps.
  2. Identify causes of a no charge, low charge, or overcharge problems.
  3. Replace alternator drive belts, pulleys, fans, tensioners, and mounting brackets.
  4. Perform charging system voltage and amperage output tests, and alternating current (AC) ripple test.
  5. Perform charging circuit voltage drop tests.
  6. Replace alternator.
  7. Replace cables, wires, and connectors in the charging circuit.

Electrical/Electronic Systems: Servicing Lighting Systems

  1. Perform diagnostic procedures using recommended electronic service tool(s).
  2. Identify causes of brighter than normal, intermittent, dim, or no headlight and daytime running light (DRL) operations.
  3. Replace headlights.
  4. Test headlight and dimmer circuit switches, relays, wires, terminals, connectors, sockets, and control components/modules.
  5. Test switchers, bulbs/LEDs, sockets, connectors, terminals, relays, wires, and control components/models of parking, clearance, and taillight circuits.
  6. Test instrument panel light circuit switches, relays, bulbs/LEDs, sockets, connectors, terminals, wires, and control components/modules.
  7. Test interior cab light circuit switches, bulbs/LEDs, sockets, low voltage disconnect (LVD), connectors, terminals, wire, and control modules.
  8. Test tractor-to-trailer multi-wire connectors.
  9. Adjust stoplight circuit switches, bulbs/LEDs, sockets, connectors, terminals, wires and control components/modules.
  10. Test turn signal and hazard circuit flasher(s), switches, relays, bulbs/LEDs, sockets, connectors, terminals, wires and control components/modules.
  11. Test reverse lights and warning device circuit switches, bulbs/LEDs, sockets, horns, buzzers, connectors, terminals, wires and control components/modules.

Electrical/Electronic Systems: Servicing Gauges and Warning Devices

  1. Test warning devices (lights and audible) circuit sensor/sending units, bulbs/LEDs, sockets, connectors, wires, and control components/modules.
  2. Replace electronic speedometer, odometer, and tachometer systems.

Electrical/Electronic Systems: Servicing Related Electrical Systems

  1. Identify causes of constant, intermittent, or no horn operation.
  2. Test horn circuit relays, horns, switches, connectors, wires, clock springs, and control components/modules.
  3. Identify causes of constant, intermittent, or no wiper operation.
  4. Test wiper motor, resistors, park switch, relays, switches, connectors, wires, and control components/modules.
  5. Inspect wiper motor transmission linkage, arms, and blades.
  6. Test windshield washer motor or pump/relay assembly, switches, connectors, terminals, wires, and control components/modules.
  7. Test side-view mirror motors, heater circuit grids, relays, switches, connectors, terminals, wires, and control components/modules.
  8. Test heater and air-conditioning electrical components.
  9. Test auxiliary power outlet, integral fuse, connectors, terminals, wires, and control components/modules.
  10. Identify causes of slow, intermittent, or no power window operation.
  11. Test motors, switches, relays, connectors, terminals, wires, and control components/modules of power window circuits.
  12. Test block heaters.
  13. Test cruise control electrical components.
  14. Test switches, relays, controllers, actuator/solenoids, connectors, terminals, and wires of electric door lock circuits.
  15. Test engine cooling fan electrical control components/modules.