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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.
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. Certifications required to work on certain trailers such as tanks. 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.
Accountant - 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.
Account Manager - Responsible for developing customer relationships, driving sales, balancing account relationships and internal capabilities, and ensuring timely delivery of shipments. A bachelors degree is preferred 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.
Recruiter - 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.
Truck Drivers & Technicians
Advanced Minnesota (Hibbing Community College) - Hibbing
Alexandria Technical and Community College - Alexandria
Central Lakes College - Staples
Dakota County Technical College - Rosemount
Heavy Metal Truck Training - Eagan
Hennepin Technical College - Brooklyn Park
Hibbing Community College - Hibbing
Interstate Truck Driving School - Saint Paul
Lake Superior College - Duluth
Minnesota State College Southeast - Winona
Minnesota State Community & Technical College - Moorhead
Minnesota Training Connection (Dakota County Technical College) - Rosemount
Minnesota West Community and Technical College - Canby
Northland Community and Technical College - East Grand Forks
Rainy River Community College - International Falls
Riverland Community College - Albert Lea
Riverland Community College - Austin
St. Cloud Technical & Community College - St. Cloud
St. Paul College - St. Paul
Workforce Development Solutions (Minnesota State Community and Technical College)
Experience Trucking is a statewide showcase designed to expose the general public to all the industry contributes and has to offer. During National Truck Driver Appreciation Week, in September, trucking companies across Minnesota will open the doors of their offices, shops and trucks to the public for a behind the scenes look at our state’s amazing trucking industry.
Experience Trucking is a family friendly event and a great opportunity for students and job seekers to learn about exciting career opportunities in the industry. Bring the family to a participating local trucking company to enjoy food, sit in a truck, tour the facility, explore industry careers and get an inside look at trucking and how it impacts your life on a daily basis. After all, if you got it, a truck brought it!
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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.