Heavy Duty Truck Technology

Heavy Duty Truck Technology

Program Overview

Awards/Outcomes Credits Location
 Heavy Duty Truck Technology - A.A.S. Degree 72 cr. Rosemount
 Heavy Duty Truck Technology - Diploma 64 cr. Rosemount
 Truck Fleet Maintenance - Certificate 29 cr. Rosemount
Program Datasheet: Download Heavy Duty Truck Technology Datasheet  

Major Description

Students learn all aspects of heavy-duty truck repair and maintenance. The program focuses on large trucks, typically class 7 and 8. Areas of instruction include electrical and electronic systems, steering/alignment, foundation brakes, air brakes and anti-lock brake systems. Students perform diesel engine troubleshooting, overhauls and tune-ups on both mechanical and electronic engines. Clutch, transmission, drive axle repair and overhaul are taught along with welding instruction, preventive maintenance and HVAC. Students will be given the opportunity to obtain a commercial drivers license (CDL) and become a state of MN certified commercial vehicle inspector.

This program is accredited by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF). Programs must undergo extensive evaluation and site visits by NATEF to receive and retain program accreditation.

Credit for Prior Learning (CPL)

This program offers Credit for Prior Learning (CPL). Seek credit for life experience to accelerate your progress toward a degree, diploma, or certificate. Visit the CPL page to learn more.

Heavy Duty Truck Technology Advisor & Instructors
Kerry Lurken
Kerry Lurken
Enrollment Advisor and Financial Aid Specialist
Brent Newville
Brent Newville
Kenneth Klassen
Kenneth Klassen
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Program Costs*

Heavy Duty Truck Technology
  Heavy Duty Truck Technology
A.A.S. Degree – 72 credits
Heavy Duty Truck Technology
Diploma – 64 credits
Truck Fleet Maintenance
Certificate – 29 credits
Tuition $172.21/cr. $172.21/cr. $172.21/cr.
Fees $21.45/cr. $21.45/cr. $21.45/cr.
Tools/Equipment $3,500 $3,500 $3,500
Textbooks $600 $600 $400
Personal Property Fee $300 $150 $150
Grand Total $18,343.52 $16,644.24 $9,666.14

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That's right. Tuition will remain the same for the next two years, making your degree even more affordable. Learn more about the tuition freeze.

Scholarship Opportunities

Each year, Dakota County Technical College and the DCTC Foundation make more than $200,000 in scholarships available to our students. Students are encouraged to create an account and apply for scholarships online.

Work-Study & Student Worker Positions

Students looking for ways to help finance their college education can find part-time jobs on campus with various DCTC departments and programs. Deliver your completed Work-Study Application to the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid and search for openings at College Central Network Services. For more information, you can review Work Study Procedure.

Financial Aid

Step 1: Apply now for financial aid. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
DCTC's Federal School Code: 010402

Step 2: After receiving an official award letter from DCTC, you may apply online for a Federal Stafford Student Loan. Visit the Loans page for more information.

Financial Aid Inforgraphic
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Heavy Duty Truck Technology

Work Environment

Technicians generally work a standard 40-hour week in well-lighted and well-ventilated shops. Truck fleet companies, dealerships and truck repair shops are major employers.

Job Outlook

According to CAREERwise Education, Minnesota's career, education and job resource, employment for diesel engine specialists and truck and bus mechanics is expected to grow 13.9 percent in Minnesota by the year 2020, which is above the statewide average. CAREERwise: "This career attracts many people because of the high wages and the challenging work. Opportunities are good for those who have attended formal training programs. Those who have not attended these programs may have tougher competition for entry-level jobs."

Gainful Employment Reports

Career Information

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Transfer Options

Heavy Duty Truck Technology

Articulation Agreements

Articulation Agreements are formal agreements between two or more colleges and universities to accept credits in transfer toward a specific academic program. DCTC has articulation agreements in place for this program with the following schools:

Transfer To Degree Major Offered  
Minnesota State University Moorhead BS Operations Management View

Transfer Resources

TransferologyDo you want to see how your courses transfer to programs at participating colleges and universities? Add the coursework you've taken and use Transferology to find out how it might transfer to any of the participating schools in the Transferology network. Get an account and create a plan now!


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Transferring to DCTC?

Whether you're a veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces or an international student or transferring from high school or a four-year university, DCTC will help you through the process. Visit our Transfer Students page for more information.

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News & Events

Heavy Duty Truck Technology

The Heavy Duty Truck Technology program at DCTC is active throughout the year and makes headlines in college publications. Read about student and alumni success as well as the accomplishments of our heavy duty truck instructors.

Heavy Duty Truck Technology News

Heavy Duty Truck Events

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Clubs & Organizations

Heavy Duty Truck Technology

As a student in DCTC's Heavy Duty Truck Technology program, you can advance your professional development by networking with industry leaders and fellow technicians as well as through involvement in student organizations on campus.

Professional Organizations

Minnesota Trucking Association
Uniting truckers and their employees, contractors and allies, the Minnesota Trucking Association ensures that the trucking industry speaks with one voice in three key areas:

  • Creating a positive image for the industry
  • Providing safe, environmentally clean and essential services
  • Encouraging an economic and political environment that provides the industry with fair competition

Student Involvement on Campus

SkillsUSA is a national nonprofit organization for students at community and technical colleges across the U.S. The organization focuses on students in academic programs that lead to careers in the trade, industrial, technical and health care fields. Nearly 100 SkillsUSA competitions at the state and national levels relate to leadership skills or programs of study at DCTC.

In 2012, DCTC fielded four national champions at the SkillsUSA National Championships at the National Leadership and Skills Conference in Kansas City, Mo. For more information about the competition, read "Students Dominate SkillsUSA Championships" in Real Magazine, a DCTC publication.

For a complete list of extra curricular opportunities at DCTC, visit our Campus Life page.