Linn State Technical College of Missouri

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Medium/Heavy Truck Technology  

The Medium/Heavy Truck Technology program at Linn State Technical College of Missouri is accredited by the Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering (ATMAE). It is designed to educate and train students to become skilled technicians in servicing and repairing medium and heavy duty trucks and other heavy equipment.

Students are instructed on the latest technology used to meet Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) standards regarding vehicle emission and control systems. In addition to learning about the traditional diesel engine, students also learn about alternative fuels, hybrid power trains, multi-fueled engines, and the “green” diesel engine. 

Each student will be instructed on how to inspect, repair, and maintain diesel engines, drive trains, hydraulics, and other system components, both in the classroom and on the shop floor. Students obtain technical knowledge and develop important critical thinking skills as they diagnose, disassemble, troubleshoot, repair, and reassemble diesel engines and system components using advanced diagnostic machines, specialized gauges, measuring tools, wiring diagrams, and hand tools. Students will also learn basic welding techniques for diesel equipment technology as part of their training.

Students develop the verbal and written communication skills that are a vital part of today’s diesel mechanic’s job skills. Due to new industry regulations, all students are required to obtain a Class A commercial driver’s license (CDL) before graduating.

The Medium/Heavy Truck Technology Course Curriculum

The Medium/Heavy Truck Technology program at Linn State Technical College of Missouri is made up of the following classes:

  • Electrical and Electronic Systems
  • Electrical and Electronic Systems II
  • Engines I
  • Engines II
  • Preventive Maintenance Inspection
  • Suspension and Steering
  • Brakes
  • Hydraulics I
  • Drive Train I
  • Drive Train II
  • Job Estimating, Diagnostics, Field Repair
  • Heating and Air Conditioning
  • Basic Truck/Automotive Shop Management
  • Basic Welding
  • Internship

Students are required to take English Composition, Public Speaking, College Algebra, Science, Social Science, Technical Literacy, Human Anatomy and Physiology with Lab I, Human Anatomy and Physiology with Lab II, Network Fundamentals, Basic Commercial Driver License, Basic Commercial Driver License Lab, and Job Search Strategies in order to meet the minimum 72 credit requirements of the Associate of Applied Science degree. Students are also required to obtain their Class A commercial driver’s license (CDL) before graduating and must earn either an “A’ or “B’ grade in all CDL classes due to state licensing regulations. All students in the course must maintain at least a “C” average in all “Core Curriculum” and “Program Requirements” courses in order to graduate.

Program Assessments

  • National Occupational Competency Testing Institute (NOCTI)
  • National Automotive Student Skills Assessment (NA3SA)
  • Missouri Commercial Driver’s License (CDL)
  • Collegiate Assessment of Academic Proficiency (CAAP)
The Medium/Heavy Truck Technology – Heartland International Dealers Association Option

Students can compete for acceptance into the limited enrollment Medium/Heavy Truck Technology – Heartland International Dealers Association Option if they so choose. The focus of this A.A.S degree option is to educate and train students to become skilled technicians in the servicing and repairing of International medium and heavy duty trucks. Students are instructed on the latest technology used to meet Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) standards regarding vehicle emission and control systems. In addition to learning about the traditional diesel engine, students also learn about alternative fuels, hybrid power trains, and dual-fueled engines.

The Medium/Heavy Truck Technology – Heartland International Dealers Association Option is made up of the following classes:

  • Introduction to MHT Industry and International
  • International Engines I
  • Pre-Delivery and Preventive Maintenance Inspection
  • Internship I
  • International Engines II
  • International Electrical and Electronic Systems I
  • Internship II
  • International Electrical and Electronic Systems II
  • International Heating and Air Conditioning Systems
  • International Suspension and Steering Systems
  • Internship III
  • International Brake Systems
  • International Drive Train Systems I
  • Internship IV
  • International Drive Train Systems II
  • International Truck Technology Capstone
  • Basic Welding

Students are also required to take English Composition, Public Speaking, College Algebra, Science, Social Science, Technical Literacy, Human Anatomy and Physiology with Lab I, Human Anatomy and Physiology with Lab II, Network Fundamentals, Basic Commercial Driver License, Basic Commercial Driver License Lab, and Job Search Strategies in order to meet the minimum 72 credit requirements of the Associate of Applied Science degree. All students in the course must maintain at least a 2.0 GPA in order to graduate.

What to Expect After Graduating

As the diesel industry continues to grow rapidly, job opportunities for qualified diesel mechanics is expected to increase 11% by the year 2020, as fast as average, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The mean annual wage for bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists working in the United States in 2014 was $45,160, while the mean salary for bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists employed in the state of Missouri was $42,200 yearly and $20.29 hourly, just 7% lower than the national average. Entry-level diesel mechanics can expect to be paid an annual salary of $28,130 and advance to $65,350 with more experience.

Graduates of the Medium/Heavy Truck Technology program at Linn State Technical College of Missouri will not only possess the skills needed to service and repair the traditional diesel engine found in the industry’s medium and heavy duty trucks and equipment, graduates will also possess the most up-to-date education and training needed to service and repair today’s latest “green” and hybrid diesel-fueled engines. 

The Associate of Applied Science Degree

Linn State Technical College of Missouri offers a two-year Associate of Applied Science Degree in Medium/Heavy Truck Technology as well as a two-year Associate of Applied Science Degree in Medium/Heavy Truck Technology with a Heartland International Dealers Association Option. Both programs are Pell Grant eligible. 

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