Boyer Trucks Donates $27,000 Toolbox with Tools to HDTT

Heavy Duty Truck Technology students benefit from industry support

Boyer Trucks recently donated a $27,000 Matco toolbox with tools to the Heavy Duty Truck Technology (HDTT) program at Dakota County Technical College. Edwin White serves as faculty in the HDTT program. Ed welcomes the industry support, knowing that his students will take full advantage of the donation.

“Boyer has been a long-time supporter of our program,” he said. “In the past, we have had several students pursue careers with them. We currently have several students working for them while attending class. This donation allows them to use their personal tools on the job while having access to tools for their education. We appreciate everything Boyer Trucks does for our students and program.”

Brett Weaver is a recruiter with Boyer Trucks. Brett believes the Heavy Duty Truck Technology curriculum provides graduates with the comprehensive foundation they need to succeed in the industry.

“Boyer Trucks is proud to support the HDTT program at DCTC as we believe it helps instill values that Boyer stands by—such as taking pride in one’s work and finishing what you start,” he said. “The program helps develop not only the skills future technicians will need to develop into Master Techs on the technical side, but also the soft skills they will need to thrive in the workforce of today and the future.”

More about Boyer Trucks…¹

Since 1927, Boyer Trucks has been keeping you on the road. The business has grown to include six dealership locations and two parts locations. Boyer Trucks continues to keep pace with changing markets while embracing a commitment to superior customer service and strong values.

“We are proud of our strong history and the truly great people that work for Boyer,” said Kurt Schmidt, Boyer Vice President. “The Boyer team is focused on the customer experience, we want our customers to love their vehicles, our service centers, and our parts operation.”


More about the HDTT program

As a student in the HDTT program at DCTC, 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 as well as 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.

The HDTT program delivers the following degree, diploma, and certificate options:

Heavy Duty Truck Technology A.A.S. Degree: 78 credits
Heavy Duty Truck Technology Diploma: 70 credits
Truck Fleet Maintenanc Certificate: 27 credits

Delivery: Daytime Classes
Start: Fall & Spring Semester, Full-Time

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 Heavy Duty Truck Technology at DCTC by contacting:

Kenneth Klassen
Heavy Duty Truck Technology Faculty

Pete Szybatka
Heavy Duty Truck Technology Faculty

Ed White
Heavy Duty Truck Technology Faculty

Rebecca Jacobson
Academic & Financial Aid Advisor

¹ SOURCE: Boyer Trucks

Bus and Truck Mechanics

Maintain or repair any type of diesel engine.


This career pays above the statewide median of $23.81/hour


Median: $29.44/hour
High: $31.94/hour

Seven-county Twin Cities metro

Median: $29.93/hour
High: $35.59/hour


In Minnesota, there are 6,750 workers employed in this medium-sized career, which is currently in very high demand and is seeing high growth compared to other careers. Growth rate is 6.4 percent, or above the statewide average.

7,083 new Bus and Truck Mechanics to meet market demand between 2020–2030 This includes the demand due to replacement (workers leaving the occupation or retiring) as well as growth.

Minnesota State CAREERwise Education (October 25, 2022)