Nuss Truck & Equipment Supports HDTT

Bob Nuss presents two HDTT students with $500 scholarships

Bob Nuss, president of Nuss Truck & Equipment, presented $500 scholarships to two students, Ariel Pacheau and Jack Ulmen, in the Heavy Duty Truck Technology (HDTT) program. Bob Nuss visited the Dakota County Technical College campus Thursday morning, November 14, 2019, and met with HDTT faculty and students in the HDTT program area.

Ken Klassen, HDTT faculty, reported that Nuss Truck & Equipment is a strong supporter of technical education. “Our students and the Heavy Duty Truck Technology program benefit greatly from such ongoing support,” Ken said. “Nuss Truck & Equipment believes in giving back to area communities, veterans, education and their employees. Companies like Nuss are industry leaders with high values that draw the best people into their workforce.”

Ken added that Nuss Truck & Equipment provides tuition assistance to qualified employees seeking an education within the diesel technician profession.

“During the scholarship presentation, Bob Nuss spent time talking with our HDTT students,” Ken said. “He shared his passion for the trades along with the history of his company. DCTC appreciates Nuss Truck & Equipment’s continued support. Partnerships are essential to everyone’s success.”

Nuss Truck & Equipment scholarship presentation gallery

About Nuss Truck & Equipment

With eight locations in Minnesota and western Wisconsin, Nuss Truck & Equipment is the region’s largest dealer of new and used Mack and Volvo trucks along with Volvo construction equipment. Established in 1959, Nuss Truck & Equipment is a leading provider of service, parts, trailers, rentals and custom-engineered solutions for the trucking and construction industries. The company has Minnesota headquarter offices in Rochester and Roseville.

Bob Nuss, the company’s president, is proud of Nuss Truck & Equipment’s commitment to safety and exceptional service. He was awarded the 2019 HIRE Vets Medallion Award, recognizing him for his commitment to the employment and professional development of veterans. Of Nuss Truck & Equipment’s 350 employees, 7.5 percent are veterans.

Nuss Truck & Equipment hosted the Mack Ride & Drive Event and Open House October 3, 2019. Joe Spier, the company’s director of talent acquisition and safety, invited HDTT faculty and students to attend this event. As part of Nuss Truck & Equipment’s commitment to education in the trades, technical school students who attended the event could enter an Education Sweepstakes to win one of two $500 scholarships.

Bus and Truck Mechanics

Maintain or repair any type of diesel engine.


Above the statewide median of $20.07/hour


Median: $23.93/hour
High: $29.04/hour

Seven-county Twin Cities metro

Median: $26.10/hour
High: $30.15/hour


This career is currently in very high demand and is seeing high growth compared to other careers. Growth rate is 9.9 percent, or above the statewide average. There will be a need for about 6,398 new Bus and Truck Mechanics to meet market demand between 2016–2026. This includes the demand due to replacement (workers leaving the occupation or retiring) as well as growth.

— Minnesota State CAREERwise Education

About Heavy Duty Truck Technology at DCTC

As a student in the Heavy Duty Truck Technology program, you will learn all aspects of heavy-duty truck repair and maintenance. The program focuses on large trucks, typically class 7 and 8. Areas of instruction include:

  • Electrical and electronic systems
  • Steering/alignment
  • Foundation brakes
  • Air brakes
  • Anti-lock brake systems

You will perform diesel engine troubleshooting, overhauls and tune-ups on both mechanical and electronic engines. Clutch, transmission, drive axle repair and overhaul are taught along with welding instruction, preventive maintenance and HVAC.

You will be given the opportunity to obtain a commercial drivers license (CDL) and become a state of MN certified commercial vehicle inspector.

This program is accredited by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF). Programs must undergo extensive evaluation and site visits by NATEF to receive and retain program accreditation.

Learn more about the Heavy Duty Truck Technology program at DCTC by contacting:

Kenneth Klassen
Heavy Duty Truck Technology Faculty

Brent Newville
Heavy Duty Truck Technology Faculty

Pete Szybatka
Heavy Duty Truck Technology Faculty

Learn more about the DCTC Foundation by contacting:

Kim Shaff
Interim Executive Director of Foundation

Amy Eppen
Foundation Development Director