Manders Diesel Donates $7,500 to DCTC

Ken Klassen and Terry Manders
Ken Klassen and Terry Manders

Donation supports Heavy Duty Truck Technology program

Terry Manders of Manders Diesel, a Mack service dealer in Lakeville, Minnesota, presented a check for $7,500 to Ken Klassen, an instructor in the Heavy Duty Truck Technology (HDTT) program at Dakota County Technical College. The donation was given to support the program along with its students and faculty. Ken reported that Terry Manders, CFO, and Joe Manders, general manager, have been strong industry partners with the HDTT program for many years.

“If we are looking for a common component to a specialty part, Manders Diesel is our first call,” Ken said. “Manders Diesel has helped keep our HDTT program updated with equipment that fits our training needs.”

Ken added that everything the HDTT program purchases cannot be new.

“Our HDTT students also need a wide variety of training equipment to work on,” he said. “Manders Diesel supplies updated used equipment at a lower cost so more students can receive the needed hands-on training required to become successful diesel technicians. Our shop/labs are filled with parts and equipment that came from Manders Diesel.”

Ken noted that HDTT instructors greatly appreciate the ongoing support from Manders Diesel. “Our HDTT program would not be as strong without the support of our industry partners,” he said. “Thank you, Manders Diesel!”

About Manders Diesel…

Located in Lakeville, Minnesota, Manders Diesel is an authorized Mack Trucks service dealer offering thousands of new and used Mack parts plus a large selection of trucks and parts from other truck manufacturers.

For more than 55 years, Manders Diesel has been a go-to source for reliable used trucks and quality service. Manders Diesel also provides exports/overseas sales and U-Pull It cab parts as well as used tires and wheels.

Learn more by visiting:

Manders Diesel

Bus and Truck Mechanics

Maintain or repair any type of diesel engine.


Above the statewide median of $20.95/hour


Median: $24.85/hour
High: $29.77/hour

Seven-county Twin Cities metro

Median: $26.72/hour
High: $31.22/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 Minnesota 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