Medium/Heavy Truck Technician

Degrees and Certificates

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Why Choose This Program

The Medium and Heavy Truck (Diesel Mechanic) program at SCTCC prepares graduates for maintenance, repair, and diagnostics on medium and heavy duty trucks and trailers. The growing demand to transport products quickly and safely has created an increase in the need for skilled technicians.

Students will learn skills to manage truck computers, diesel engines, electrical systems, suspension, air-brakes, power train, and emissions. There are also opportunities to learn welding and work with compressed natural gas (CNG) and alternative fuel systems. SCTCC students also have the opportunity to complete the Department of Transportation Vehicle Inspector Certification.

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From Degree to Career

When you choose the Medium / Heavy Truck (Diesel Mechanic) program at SCTCC, you’ll gain skills that will directly transfer to the workplace. There are several employers in the St. Cloud area that employ SCTCC Medium / Heavy Truck grads as diesel mechanics, including Anderson Trucking Services, Ziegler Cat, Nuss Construction, Frieghtliner of St. Cloud, and more.

At SCTCC, students in our Medium and Heavy Truck Technician degree are taught to demonstrate entry level skills and technical competency to become a diesel mechanic. We equip our students with the skills necessary to succeed in the workforce.

Graduates from our program can demonstrate knowledge of hazardous materials in the workplace and they understand the impact they have on human health and the global environment. Students in our Medium and Heavy Truck Technician degree can even demonstrate proper use of lab facility and maintenance of repair and diagnostic equipment.

After graduation, our students can interpret and utilize manufacturer's data to analyze problems and to make repair decisions as a diesel mechanic. With all the taught skills from SCTCC classrooms, students are certain to find success in their future careers.

Quick Glance

  • Demonstrate entry level skills and technical competency to become a Medium/Heavy Truck Technician
  • Demonstrate knowledge of hazardous materials in the workplace and the impact they have on human health and global environment
  • Demonstrate proper use of lab facility and maintenance of repair and diagnostic equipment
  • Interpret and utilize manufacturer's data to analyze problems and to make repair decisions

After graduating from SCTCC, Medium and Heavy Truck Technicians will want to consider specializing in one phase of the field to apply their skills as a diesel mechanic. There are various areas students can choose from, so all our graduates are certain to find the career path right for them.

Students can utilize their skills to work in component rebuilding, transport refrigeration, and preventative maintenance.

At SCTCC, we even offer an AAS degree and students who graduate with that honor can have career opportunities as diesel mechanics, shop supervisors, or even as dealer and factory representatives.

A day in the life of an SCTCC Medium and Heavy Truck Technician consists of working as a shop supervisor for companies like Ziegler Cat and utilizing skills taught in our classrooms.

Quick Glance

After graduating, medium/heavy truck technicians will want to consider specializing in one phase of the field, such as:

  • Component rebuilding
  • Transport refrigeration
  • Preventative maintenance

Grads with an AAS degree will have opportunities as:

  • Medium/Heavy truck technicians
  • Diesel Mechanics
  • Shop supervisors
  • Dealer and factory representatives

Our graduates have had the honor to stay close and serve local Minnesotan companies. Students have utilized their skills to work for Freightliner of St. Cloud and Gatr Truck Center.

You can even find students from our Medium and Heavy Truck Technician program working for big companies such as Anderson Trucking Services, Ziegler Cat, Nuss Construction, and Hoglund Bus Company.

Students have found employers with Maney International Inc., BNSF Railway, and ISD 318 - Grand Rapids School District. With a degree from our program, you are certain to find a job you love, working for a company that fulfills your career goals.

Quick Glance

  • Anderson Trucking Services 
  • Ziegler Cat
  • Nuss Construction
  • Freightliner of St. Cloud
  • Gatr Truck Center 
  • Hoglund Bus Company 
  • Maney International Inc.
  • BNSF Railway
  • ISD 318 - Grand Rapids School District 

The Medium and Heavy Truck Technician program at SCTCC is certified by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation, Inc. (NATEF), 101 Blue Seal Drive, Suite 101, Leesburg, VA 20175, (703) 669-6650, www.natef.org.

The Medium and Heavy Truck Technician program is ASE Certified and our graduates are prepared for the Automotive Service Excellence examinations.

Student and instructor at laptop station
Students talking to instructor
Large trucks in the diesel lab
Student and instructor standing under a truck on a lift

Ready to Take the Next Step?

Are you ready to learn more about the Medium/Heavy Truck program and being a student at SCTCC? Contact our instructors directly or join us for a Transportation to meet with instructors and Admissions representatives to get started.

SCTCC Admissions

You can connect with our Admissions representatives many different ways.

Admissions is available on campus Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Meet the Admissions Staff.

 

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Medium / Heavy Truck Lab Virtual Tour

Paying for College

Students choose SCTCC for a lot of reasons, but saving money is one reason we hear from almost every student at SCTCC. We’ve got a breakdown of the costs for the program, along with information on financial aid and scholarships.

Program Cost

In addition to tuition and fees, students can expect to pay $4926-$5186 for books, supplies, and materials.

Program Scholarships

The following scholarships are specifically for students in the Medium/Heavy Truck program:

  • APH
  • Bob Kiess Memorial
  • Central MN Truck Association
  • Freightliner of St. Cloud
  • Minnesota Trucking Association
  • North Central Bus

Apply just once, and students are considered for all SCTCC Scholarships available. SCTCC Scholarships

Current Students

Current Medium/Heavy Truck students - this is your place for information.

Matt Hoepner
Phone: (320) 308-5411
Fax: (320) 308-5981
Email: mhoepner@sctcc.edu

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