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Careers in Trucking 

Truck Driver - Transporting goods and raw materials locally, regionally, and across the country, planning routes, meeting delivery schedules, customer service, and inspecting vehicles for mechanical items and safety issues.  Maintaining a safe driving record is vital to being successful in this career.  A CDL Class A or B is required, depending on the type of truck.  There may also be certifications required to haul certain goods such as hazardous materials.

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Diesel Technician

Diagnose, repair and maintain diesel truck engines, including preventative maintenance, repair to air and hydraulic brakes, tires, warranty procedures, drive-train, steering and suspension, electrical, AC, and engine rebuilds. Formal training and/or degree required for most positions. 


Trailer Technician

Repairs and maintains trailers, including preventative maintenance, inspections, removing and replacing damaged components, repair to air and hydraulic brakes, repair axles, welding, tires, warranty procedures, and electrical repairs.  On the job training available.  No formal training/degree required for most positions. This is a great position to start in if you are considering becoming a diesel technician. 


Dispatcher/Fleet Manager

Schedule drivers for pickup and delivery of customer goods and materials, review driver logs, coach drivers on fuel efficiency techniques, maintain driver relationships, maintain records pertaining to dispatched calls, vehicle repair, freight bills, and arrival times.  A bachelors degree is preferred for this position, but not required. 


Safety Director

Oversight of regulatory compliance status, trains and develops staff on safety procedures and policies, coordinates and manages the crash management process, and conducts audits and inspections of the safety program.  A bachelors degree and experience as a truck driver or in transportation management are preferred.


Transportation/Operations Manager

Manage organizational risk, budgets, supplier and customer relationships, and logistics, and ensure safety and compliance program is followed across the organization.  A bachelors degree is required for this position.


Responsible for all accounting, reporting, and analytics of acquisitions, disposals, sales and turn-ins of owned and leased revenue equipment, maintenance shop profit and loss, capital expenditures, budgeting and forecasting.  A bachelors degree is required for this position.

Dock Worker

Unload and load cargo from trucks.  Some carriers offer Dock to Driver programs, so this is a good place to start if you are thinking about becoming a truck driver.

IT Support / Coder

Provide technical support and training to employees and troubleshoot issues, install hardware and software, write custom code, and  maintain equipment inventory.  The need for this position will continue to grow as trucking becomes more automated.  A bachelors degree is preferred, but not required.

Human Resources Manager

Manage the administration, processes, support of benefits, database, employee services, and employment records.  A two or four year degree is required.


Responsible for screening, interviewing, and selecting qualified candidates in all types of trucking positions.  A high school diploma or equivalent is required. 

Freight Broker (Sales) 

Responsible for building relationships with customers, carriers, vendors, and employees.  This position negotiates rates, actively sells loads, and tracks the delivery of shipments. 

Minnesota Schools & Degree Programs: Trucking & Technicians

Minnesota State College Southeast - Winona

Truck Driving (CERT)

Diesel Maintenance (DIPLOMA)

Transportation Management (AAS)

Minnesota State Community & Technical College - Moorhead

Diesel Equipment Technology (DIP)

Diesel Equipment Technology - Truck (AAS)

Minnesota Training Connection (Dakota County Technical College) - Rosemount

Class B CDL Truck Training

Minnesota West Community and Technical College - Canby

Diesel Mechanics - Ag and Truck (DIPLOMA)

Diesel Technician - Ag and Truck (DIPLOMA)

Diesel Technology (AAS)

Northland Community and Technical College - East Grand Forks

Commercial Vehicle Operator (CERT)

Rainy River Community College - International Falls

Commercial Truck Driving (CERT)

Riverland Community College - Albert Lea

Diesel Technology (DIPLOMA)

Riverland Community College - Austin

Truck Driving (CERT)

St. Cloud Technical & Community College - St. Cloud

Medium/Heavy Truck Technician (DIPLOMA)

Medium/Heavy Truck Technician (AAS)

St. Paul College - St. Paul

Truck Technician (DIPLOMA)

Workforce Development Solutions (Minnesota State Community and Technical College)

CDL Class A

CDL Class B

MNTCOE Transportation Careers Trailer

The Minnesota State Transportation Center of Excellence has a traveling transportation careers trailer that provides interactive and hands-on activities that lets students explore the high tech side of transportation careers.  The trailer is available to travel to high schools like a mobile classroom or is available for career events where it will be parked for the duration of the event.  Click Here for the Trailer Schedule and to learn more about what's inside.

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