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Medium Heavy Truck Transportation

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Medium Heavy Truck Transportation program overview

Training in HTC’s Medium/Heavy Truck Technology program gives you a head start on a career as a technician in the trucking industry. That’s because you divide your learning time between college courses in the classroom and skill development through paid internships at truck repair companies. You will learn about electrical and electronic systems, steering and suspension, air and hydraulic ABS brake systems and vehicle maintenance. Plus, you will perform diesel engine troubleshooting, overhaul procedures and tune-ups on both mechanical and electronic engines. Then add in clutch, transmission, and drive axle diagnosis, repair and overhaul along with preventive maintenance procedures. It’s a blend of classroom theory, shop demonstrations, and hands-on skill development that prepares you for success on the job.

Program information

  • Class Time: Day
  • Semester: Fall Semester
  • Campus: Brooklyn Park Campus
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Skills required

If you’re ready to Get Started, you can begin the admissions process now. If you have questions, contact Enrollment Services for helpful information.

Internship Requirement:  Students must be eligible to obtain a CDL (Commercial Drivers License) and be able to pass a DOT (Department of Transportation) physical, drug screening, and background check as a condition of employment for the internship portion of the program which begins during the first semester.

job Outlook

Employment of diesel mechanics is closely tied to the trucking industry. Trucks are being used more to carry goods locally and between cities. Since diesel engines usually last longer than gasoline engines and save companies money, companies are expected to buy more diesel trucks. This increase in the use of diesel trucks will increase the number of jobs for diesel mechanics.

Demand for bus and truck mechanics may also be increased due to environmental regulations. Mechanics will be needed to retrofit and modernize existing vehicles.

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.

The economy has little effect on the diesel repair business because companies need working trucks.

Possible job titles may include: Diesel Truck and/or Bus Technician

Awards and Certifications


The Medium/Heavy Truck program has an active advisory committee consisting of members representing a broad range of companies in the trucking and transit industries.

Accreditation and Affiliations

The Medium/Heavy Truck program is certified by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) through the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE).

The Medium/Heavy Truck program is a member of the Minnesota Trucking Association (MTA).

Hennepin Technical College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. In 2003, HTC became a member of the HLC Academic Quality Improvement Program.


For a complete list of current of all agreements, please visit the Minnesota Transfer website.

Last updated by pm4783je : 2019-10-03 04:58:26