• Program: Medium/Heavy Truck Technology
  • Degree: Associate in Applied Science Degree
  • Credits: Total Associate in Applied Science Degree Credits 94
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Students in the Medium/Heavy Truck Technology A.A.S. degree program are sponsored by a trucking company. Students split their learning between taking courses at the college and developing skills through paid internships at truck repair companies. Students spend the first-half of each semester taking courses at the college and the second-half of each semester on a paid internship developing the skills just learned in class. This schedule is repeated throughout the two-year program. The college assists students in obtaining a trucking industry sponsor for the internship portion of the program. This program is designed to provide individuals with the knowledge and skills needed to be an entry-level technician in the trucking industry. Students will practice their skills in a well equipped lab and develop production level skills at their industry sponsored company. Some of the areas of study are electrical and electronic systems, steering and suspension, air and hydraulic ABS brake systems and vehicle maintenance. Students will perform diesel engine troubleshooting, overhaul procedures, and tune-ups on both mechanical and electronic engines. Clutch, transmission, and drive axle diagnosis, repair and overhaul will be taught along with preventive maintenance procedures. Instruction will include classroom theory, shop demonstrations, and hands-on skill development. Much of the lab work is performed on actual vehicles or engines in operating condition. Students entering the Medium/Heavy Truck Technology program must be eligible to obtain a 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.

Career Opportunities

Career opportunities as a skilled truck technician are available in truck dealerships, leasing companies, trucking fleets, and independent truck repair shops. Students may choose other options such as railroads, heavy equipment, mass transit companies, or marine applications. Electronic diesel engines, transmissions, and ABS brake systems have revolutionized the trucking industry creating a great demand for the skilled truck technician.

Award Outcomes:

  • Perform vehicle inspection procedures.
  • Perform preventative maintenance.
  • Repair vehicle electrical systems.
  • Repair truck brake systems.
  • Analyze ABS brake systems.
  • Repair truck steering systems.
  • Repair truck suspension systems.
  • Diagnose truck HVAC systems.
  • Repair driveline components.
  • Overhaul truck transmissions.
  • Overhaul diesel engines.
  • Interpret diagnostic tool readings.

Required Credits

Technical Studies Requirements 79 Credits
General Education Requirements 9 Credits
  • ENGL2121 Writing and Research 4
  • ENGL2125 Technical Writing 3 Gen Ed
  • Choose one course from MnTC Goal Area 5 3 Gen Ed
  • Choose one course from MnTC Goal Area 7 3

Elective Credits

Technical Studies Electives 0 Credits
General Education Electives 6 Credits
  • Hennepin Technical College‚Äôs 2000-level general education courses meet the guidelines of the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC). 6

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