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Diesel Engine Fundamentals

COURSE NO: M04-002
COURSE PROVIDER: Gilbert Gedeon, P.E.
Diesel Engine Fundamentals
Course Highlights

This online engineering PDH course provides guidance on the basic operating principles of 2-cycle and 4-cycle diesel engines. It explains the fundamentals and theory of operation of engine governors, fuel ejectors, camshafts as well as typical engine protective features.


Today most facilities require some type of prime mover to supply mechanical power for pumping, electrical power generation, operation of heavy equipment, and to act as a backup electrical generator for emergency use during the loss of the normal power source. Although several types of prime movers are available (such as gasoline engines, steam and gas turbines), the diesel engine is the most commonly used. Diesel engines provide a self-reliant energy source that is available in sizes from a few horsepower to 10,000 hp. Relatively speaking, diesel engines are small, inexpensive, powerful, fuel efficient, and extremely reliable if maintained properly.


This 4 PDH online course is applicable to mechanical engineers, plant operators, maintenance personnel, and technical staff who are interested in gaining a better understanding of diesel engine fundamentals.

Learning Objectives

This PE continuing education course is intended to provide you with the following specific knowledge and skills:

  • Learning the different types of diesel engines
  • Learning the major components and support systems of a diesel engine
  • Understanding the basic diesel cycles (two-stroke and four-stroke)
  • Understanding the operation of diesel engine speed and fuel controls
  • Understanding the maintenance and protection methods of diesel engines
Course Document

In this professional engineering CEU course, you need to review Module 1, "Diesel Engine Fundamentals" of the Department of Energy Publication DOE-HDBK-1018/1-93, "Mechanical Science".

To view, print and study the course document, please click on the following link(s):
Diesel Engine Fundamentals (1.6 MB)
Course Quiz
Once you complete your course review, you need to take a multiple-choice quiz consisting of twenty (20) questions to earn 4 PDH credits. The quiz will be based on this DOE publication.
The minimum passing score is 70%. There is no time limit on the quiz, and you can take it multiple times until you pass at no additional cost.
Certificate of Completion

Upon successful completion of the quiz, print your Certificate of Completion instantly. (Note: if you are paying by check or money order, you will be able to print it after we receive your payment.) For your convenience, we will also email it to you. Please note that you can log in to your account at any time to access and print your Certificate of Completion.

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