Program Description

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Medium/Heavy Truck Technician
Medium/Heavy Truck Technician AAS Degree (72 Credits)

Program Description
The Medium/Heavy Truck Technician Program is designed to provide individuals with the knowledge and skills needed for an entry-level technician position in the trucking industry. Students perform maintenance, repair, and overhaul on medium/heavy duty trucks and tractor/trailer vehicles in this program. Students develop and practice their skills in a well-equipped shop and study challenging areas, such as truck computers, diesel engines, electrical systems, suspension, air-brakes, and power-train. Students also explore welding, transport refrigeration, automatic transmissions, and truck body repair.

After reviewing comparable Minnesota State college programs, this program exceeds 60 credits for one or more of the following reasons: national or international program certification, national or international standards including skill standards, standards recommended by a primary employer or multiple employers, national specialized program accreditation, state licensure requirements, and/or national practices or standards.

Accreditation Information: The Medium/Heavy Truck program is certified by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation, Inc. (NATEF), 101 Blue Seal Drive, Suite 101, Leesburg, VA 20175, (703) 669-6650, . The Medium Heavy Truck Technician Program is ASE Certified and graduates are prepared for the Automotive Service Excellence examinations.

The general education courses may transfer and are part of the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC).

Career Opportunities
Upon graduation, medium/heavy truck technicians may wish to specialize in one phase of the field, such as component rebuilding, transport refrigeration, or preventive maintenance. There are also opportunities for AAS Degree graduates as medium/heavy truck technicians, shop supervisors, dealer and factory representatives.

Suggested Technical Studies Semester I
MHTT1502 Diesel Engine I 4 Credits
MHTT1507 Mobile Hydraulics 3 Credits
MHTT1508 Truck Computer Systems 2 Credits
TRAN1502 General Service 2 Credits
TRAN1504 Electricity and Electronic Principles 3 Credits
TRAN1518 Transportation Hazardous Materials 1 Credit  

Suggested Technical Studies Semester II
MHTT1514 Truck Brake Systems 4 Credits
MHTT1518 Truck Steering/Suspension 3 Credits
MHTT1522 Electrical II 2 Credits
MHTT1526 Truck Maintenance I 3 Credits
TRAN2514 Basic Air Conditioning 2 Credits

Suggested Technical Studies Semester III
MHTT1510 Truck Power Train 4 Credits
MHTT2502 Diesel II 4 Credits
TRAN1520 Workplace Perceptions and Expectations 2 Credits

Suggested Technical Studies Semester IV
MHTT2506 Diesel III 4 Credits
MHTT2522 Electrical III 3 Credits
MHTT2530 Truck Heating and AC Systems 2 Credits
MHTT2546 Truck Preventive Maintenance and Troubleshooting 4 Credits

Technical Electives *choose from MHTT*
  Technical Electives *choose from MHTT* 5 Credits

General Education
  MNTC Goal 1 Communications 6 Credits
  MNTC Goal 2 Critical Thinking 3 Credits
  MNTC Goals 3 through 10 6 Credits

Estimated cost for books and supplies: $5,186

PLEASE NOTE: All program plans are preliminary and curriculum may change without notice. Your catalog of record may have different requirements.


Contact Info

320.308.5000 or 1.800.222.1009

1540 Northway Drive
St. Cloud, MN 56303