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Truck Technician

Truck Technician Diploma

Program Overview

Horsepower. Torque. The powerful sound of diesel engines. If these things connect with you, you're probably a mechanic at heart – and we've got the right program for you!

Our Truck Technician program covers traditional mechanical systems, as well as high-tech and computer-controlled systems, and will prepare you for a lifelong career in the industry.

The Truck Technician Diploma program at Saint Paul College provides hands-on training and teaches you the theoretical skills needed to succeed in today’s fast-paced trucking industry.

From day one, you'll use hand tools such as wrenches, sockets and impacts to disassemble, inspect and overhaul truck components. As you move on with your training, you will use advanced diagnostic tools, measurement devices, and computers in our state-of-the-art truck shop. Did you know that a modern truck can have up to 15 computers on board and communicates via satellite and cellular networks​?

To become a well-rounded truck technician, you'll need a solid foundation through classroom instruction. You will learn about pneumatics, hydraulics and electrical systems to help you become an effective truck technician.

Program Delivery Methods
Traditional in-class and hands-on training in state-of-the-art lab on Saint Paul College campus, St. Paul, MN​

Program Highlights

  • Diagnose a variety of problems accurately by using testing equipment
  • Determine whether components can be repaired or need to be replaced
  • Provide solutions for diesel engine emission challenges
  • Service automatic and manual transmissions
  • Troubleshoot heat and air conditioning systems
  • Overhaul drivetrain components
  • Repair both air and hydraulic brake systems
  • Perform quality and safety checks on repairs​

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Program Details

  • Program Requirements

    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

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    Full-time enrollment is required

    • ​This is a two-year, full-time day 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–$4,000 depending on brand of tools purchased 

    The Goldstein Family Scholarship supports up to 11 Truck Technician students by covering part of their tuition fees and tool costs.​

  • Career Settings

    With 15.5 million trucks operating in the United States, the demand for skilled truck technicians is growing by 9% annually, making it one of the​ fastest-growing industries in the nation.

    The Median Hourly Wage in 2016 was $23.29, resulting in a yearly salary of $48,443 (Source: EMSI).

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  • Transfer Pathways

    ​​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 go to ​www.saintpaul.edu/Transfer.​​​​

    Truck Technician Diploma

    • ​​​​BS Operations Management, Minnesota State University-Moorhead​​
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  • Additional Benefits

    • Apply your skills across many disciplines in the mechanical repair field

    • Trucks keep our country running: Be part of the larger trucking community in Minnesota and beyond.

    • Stable career: Work in an industry that cannot be outsourced​

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Career Information

Information provided by http://www.careerwise.minnstate.edu.

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