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Modern Diesel Technology: Heavy Equipment Systems, 2nd Edition

  • Robert Huzij
  • Angelo Spano
  • Sean Bennett
  • ISBN-10: 1133693369
  • ISBN-13: 9781133693369
  • 656 Pages | Paperback
  • Previous Editions: 2009
  • COPYRIGHT: 2014 Published
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About the Product

Written by experienced technicians, MODERN DIESEL TECHNOLOGY: HEAVY EQUIPMENT SYSTEMS, 2nd Edition combines manufacturer-based and universal information into a single, reliable resource. The book’s unique focus on off-highway mobile equipment systems delivers service and repair essentials for heavy equipment, agricultural equipment, and powered lift truck technology. Detailing everything from safety to best practices, chapter coverage addresses four key areas: hydraulics, heavy duty brakes, and drivetrains, as well as steering, suspension, and track systems. The 2nd Edition of MODERN DIESEL TECHNOLOGY: HEAVY EQUIPMENT SYSTEMS also includes the latest updates in computer-controlled hydraulics, GPS, electronic controls for other systems to help specialty technicians master their ever-evolving trade.


  • Enlightening Visuals: Detailed illustrations and photographs throughout the book clarify important concepts for readers.

  • Reader-Friendly Style: Straightforward, concise writing from authors with firsthand industry expertise makes the information easy to grasp and highly relatable.

  • Practical Approach: Focusing on performance-based learning outcomes—turning abstract theories into real-world, hands-on tasks—adds depth and context to the readings.

  • Comprehensive Resource: This go-to guide for specialty technicians complements any manufacturer’s manual, and addresses the full range of mobile heavy equipment manufactured and marketed in North America.

About the Author

Robert Huzij

Robert Huzij is currently Coordinator of the Heavy Equipment Technician / Apprenticeship and the Truck and Coach Programs at Cambrian College in Sudbury Ontario. He has served on Ontario’s Heavy Equipment Advisory Board and Motive Power Provincial Advisory Committees, Past Chairs the Skills Ontario Heavy Equipment Technical Skills Competition, and past member of the Canadian Skills Competition Committee He has headed up the team responsible for developing provincial curricula for apprenticeship technician training, documentation, and testing in Ontario for the past 18 years. Prior to teaching, Mr. Huzij worked in private industry for more than 30 years where he served his apprenticeship training and acquired his Interprovincial Red Seal certification. Before leaving the company to teach full time he overseen heavy equipment technician upgrading and apprentice training for 13 years with one of the largest mining companies in the world. At that time the company had 300 Heavy Equipment technicians and 100 apprentices. Prior to that he worked as a technician and apprenticeship training instructor in a heavy equipment remanufacturing shop.

Angelo Spano

Angelo Spano is coordinator of the Heavy Equipment Technician Apprenticeship program at Centennial College in Toronto. His deep background in heavy equipment drivetrain, steering, suspension, and track systems includes credentials as a Program Certified Heavy Equipment Technician and dual certified adult educator. Mr. Spano is also a member of the Ontario Heavy Equipment Technical Skills Competition and Skills Canada National Technical Committee for Heavy Equipment and Truck competitions.

Sean Bennett

Sean Bennett is a former program coordinator for the Truck and Diesel Department at Centennial College, as well as a former corporate trainer for Mack Trucks. During a 20-year tenure at the college he authored new curricula, helped overhaul existing course offerings and chaired a wide range of curriculum development committees for the Province of Ontario. Mr. Bennett has written more than 30 books dealing with diesel, truck, heavy equipment and automotive technology, and he currently devotes his career to technical writing and speaking engagements. He is an active member of the American Trucking Association’s Technology and Maintenance Council, the Association of Diesel Specialists, the Society of Automotive Engineers and the North American Council of Automotive Teachers. He is widely regarded as the foremost author in commercial vehicle technology.

Table of Contents

1. Safety.
2. Hoisting And Rigging.
3. Introduction to Hydraulics.
4. Hydraulic System Components.
5. Hydraulic Symbols and Schematics.
6. Hydraulic System Maintenance and Diagnostics.
7. Hydraulic Brakes.
8. Spring-Applied, Hydraulic-Released Brakes.
9. Air and Air Over Hydraulic Brake Systems.
10. Introduction to Powertrains.
11. Powershift Transmissions.
12. Hydrostatic Drive Systems and Retarders.
13. Driveline Systems.
14. Heavy Duty Drive Axles.
15. Final Drives.
16. Steering Systems.
17. Tires, Tracks, and Rim Systems.
18. Suspension Systems.
19. Machine and Equipment Electronics.
20. AC Electric Drive Systems.

New to this edition

  • Modern Conveniences: Revised throughout, the 2nd Edition of MODERN DIESEL TECHNOLOGY: HEAVY EQUIPMENT SYSTEMS also features an expanded Instructor Resource package, including a time-saving test bank in ExamView and image-intensive PowerPoint® slides.
  • More Electronic Controls: Responding to reviewer feedback, four full chapters dig even deeper into electronic controls, especially as they apply to today’s mobile hydraulics systems.
  • Extra Safety: MODERN DIESEL TECHNOLOGY: HEAVY EQUIPMENT SYSTEMS, 2nd Edition protects specialty technicians with expanded content on safety, including ROPs and FOPs, and high voltage safety precautions.
  • New AC Drivetrain Coverage: An added chapter on heavy-duty AC drivetrains covers trolley drive capable systems, and includes special emphasis on safety when working with high voltages.
  • Uplifting Topics: Readers get the latest techniques in hoisting and rigging with this brand new chapter on best practices when working with and around heavy equipment.


All supplements have been updated in coordination with the Main title.
Please see Main title page for new to this edition information.

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