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Truck TechnicianTruck Technician Diploma
Truck technicians diagnose trouble accurately with the use of modern testing equipment. They repair and service the entire truck and trailer, including gas and diesel engines.
Technicians also work on air brakes, multi-speed transmissions, differentials, electrical systems, chassis and engine electronics, cooling systems, air conditioning and refrigeration, the chassis, and many more components of today’s modern truck.
Program Delivery Methods
Traditional in-class and hands-on training in state-of-the-art lab on Saint Paul College campus, St. Paul, MN
What You'll Learn
- Repair and service of gas and diesel engines
- Repair and service of truck cab climate control systems
- Repair and service of airbrakes, automatic, and manual multi-speed transmissions, electrical systems, chassis and engine electronics, hydraulics and hydraulic brake systems, and electrical charging and starting systems
- Diagnose trouble accurately with the use of current testing equipment
Program Requirements Guides
View the Program Requirement Guide to learn about Minimum Program Entry Requirements, Recommended Course Sequence and Program Outcomes:
General Education/MnTC Requirements
The Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) is the general education
curriculum for the Minnesota State system. Choose MnTC courses according
to the requirements listed on your Program Requirements Guide. Refer to
the MnTC course list for each Goal Area:
Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) list.pdf
View all course descriptions
Full-time enrollment is required
This is a two-year, full-time day program.
- Intro and Safety must be taken concurrently with the other truck technician classes at the start of the program.
- It is recommended that the general education requirements be taken in the summer term before the first year or between the first and second years.
Textbook and supply costs
The following are estimated costs:
- Textbooks: $450
- Tools: $1,000–$2,000 depending on brand of tools purchased
- Truck and heavy equipment dealers
- Truck lines, bus lines, and construction companies owning fleets of vehicles
- Independent repair shops
- Truck maintenance departments for government agencies
- Railroad diesel departments
- Mack Trucks
- Ziegler, Inc. (Caterpillar)
- Metro Transit
- Vitran Express
- Canadian Pacific Railroad (CPR)
- Rihm Motors (Kenworth Trucks)
- I-State Truck (Freightliner Trucks)
- Astleford International
- Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad (BNSF)
- Boyer Trucks (Ford, Sterling and Western Star Truck)
Saint Paul College has a transfer articulation agreement between the following program and post-secondary institution for the baccalaureate degree program listed below. For more information please contact a transfer specialist or go to www.saintpaul.edu/Transfer.
Truck Technician Diploma
- BS Operations Management, Minnesota State University-Moorhead
- Learn from experienced instructors who teach in a "hands on" environment.
- Develop technical knowledge through the use of state-of-the-art equipment.
- Program emphasis is on complete vehicle maintenance and repair - excellent preparation for the trucking industry where trucks often have a service life of 1 million plus miles.
- Graduates of the Truck Technician program usually have the choice of many immediate employment opportunities.
Meet the Faculty
Information provided by www.careerwise.mnscu.edu.