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TRANSPORTATION & SAFETY COURSES

MTC’s Transportation Program has been a leader in training for over 20 years, producing safe, competent and employable operators in a efficient manner. We continually strive to bring up-to-date and innovative training programs to address the current and future needs of the various agencies and corporations that we serve.

Many of our standard course offerings can be adapted to meet your requirements or we can design and develop a new course just for your agency. If the posted dates and times do not meet your needs, please call and we will customize a schedule just for you.

Our training programs provide:

  • Customized courses for any agency or unit’s specific needs
  • Flexible scheduling, and group training available
  • Classroom discussions
  • Practical experience with hands-on learning opportunities
  • Scenario-based training exercises
  • Industry expert instructors
  • Many general, advanced and topic specific courses

When riding a motorcycle, the staggered riding formation allows a proper space cushion between motorcycles so that each rider has enough time to maneuver and to react to hazards.

Customized Corporate Solutions

Many of our courses and training programs can be customized to fit your requirements. We adapt to various schedules and locations for your individual or company’s needs.

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Program Leads

Gretchen Strehle

Administrative Assistant

Email Address

651-423-8224

Jim Unger

Public Safety Coordinator

Email Address

651-423-8482

Transportation & Safety Programs

Accident Avoidance & Safe Driving

This course is great for all ages, including the seasoned driver, those with learning permits, newly licensed drivers, safety-conscious parents and drivers seeking to improve their skills in accident avoidance. Most insurance companies will offer a premium reduction for completion of this course.

Develop your skills in:
  • Evasive maneuvering and accident avoidance
  • Hydroplaning and vehicle control
  • Wet skid pad braking
  • Vehicle dynamics and individual reaction time
  • Panic, threshold, and control braking
  • Serpentine driving
  • Backing and parallel parking techniques

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DCTC Accident Avoidance Video

Anti-Jackknife

This course consists of two hours of classroom instruction followed by four hours on the DCTC road course (including skid pad). It is available for all Class A CDL drivers. Both skilled veterans and newly licensed drivers will benefit. It is designed for all drivers seeking to improve their skills in accident avoidance.

Develop your skills in:
  • Evasive maneuvering and accident avoidance
  • Hydroplaning and vehicle control
  • Wet skid pad braking (anti-Jackknife)
  • Vehicle dynamics and individual reaction time
  • Panic, threshold, and control braking
  • Serpentine driving
  • Backing techniques

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Customized Corporate Solutions

Many of our courses and training programs can be customized to fit your requirements. We adapt to various schedules and locations for your individual or company’s needs.

Contact us to schedule a free consultation

Class B CDL Truck & Bus Driver Training

This is a one-on-one training session that is set up between yourself and the instructor. This is a 16-hour session over two days including the test taken on the second day.

Cost

  • $1,400 includes test at the License Exam Station (no financial aid available)
  • Additional fees to obtain license (payable at the License Exam Station on the day of testing)
  • $150 per test if additional tests are necessary

Prerequisites

  • Class B CDL permit
  • To obtain your permit you must take a general knowledge test and air brakes test, which includes questions from the Minnesota Commercial Driver’s Manual.
  • DOT physical exam and pre-employment drug screen
  • Contact your doctor or clinic to see if they provide these medical services, or contact Twin Cities Occupational Health & Rehabilitation in Mendota Heights at 651-224-8264 to schedule an appointment. DCTC students receive a discount.

School Bus and/or Passenger Bus Endorsement (Optional)

Two additional tests are required to obtain a school bus/passenger bus endorsement. Study materials can be found in the CDL Manual, Section 1 Part B: MN School Bus Drivers Handbook and Chapter 4: Transporting Passengers Safely.

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Corporate Truck Driver Training

Dakota County Technical College (DCTC) has been training truck drivers for over 35 years. This is a nationally recognized program that adheres to the highest standards of quality. DCTC also has the capability to custom-design Truck Driver Training programs for companies with warehouse or loading dock workers who wish to advance to become your next driver. These Dock-to-Driver training programs can be offered at your facility with your equipment or ours. This program is not available to individuals.

Class B CDL truck or bus driver training is available to groups of four or more students.

Related Programs

Registration

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Customized Corporate Solutions

Many of our courses and training programs can be customized to fit your requirements. We adapt to various schedules and locations for your individual or company’s needs.

Contact us to schedule a free consultation

Defensive Driving

  • School Bus and Motor Coach Driver Training
  • Snow Plow Driver Training
  • Utility Truck Driver Training
  • Emergency Response Driving
  • Fire Truck and Ambulance Driver Training

These six-hour courses are not intended to teach participants to drive their specific vehicles, but rather how to drive them in defensive mode with the correct principles and techniques needed to be safe and skilled vehicle operators. Drivers need to be able to operate their vehicle under a number of variables, including: weather conditions, condition of the vehicle, driver fitness, the interaction with other drivers, passengers and pedestrians. We provide techniques to improve driving skills, and teach how to use good judgment and heighten awareness while operating your vehicle. This training will help you adapt to the ever-changing situations that drivers face. The techniques presented are based on scientific principles and the laws of physics. By applying the proper driving techniques, you are a better representative of your department or company and enhance the image of all commercial operators.

All participants are requires to provide their own vehicle.

Classroom Instruction (2 hours):

  • Legal aspects and driver responsibilities
  • Department or company standard operating procedures
  • Concepts of accident avoidance
  • Defensive driving techniques

Practical Driving Exercises (4 hours conducted on a 2.8 mile driving track):

  • Acceleration
  • Braking and steering techniques
  • Lane positioning
  • Evasive maneuvers
  • Backing

DCTC Emergency Response Defensive Driving Video

Registration

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Customized Corporate Solutions

Many of our courses and training programs can be customized to fit your requirements. We adapt to various schedules and locations for your individual or company’s needs.

Contact us to schedule a free consultation

Law Enforcement Driver Training

The Law Enforcement Training Program offers learning opportunities for various levels and assignments of law enforcement personnel. Courses are approved for peace officer continuing education credits. Training courses for officers and other personnel are held at Dakota County Technical College in the Public Safety Training Center or can be brought to your location

Advanced Pursuit Refresher Course

This course includes the Peace Officer Standards and Training required lecture and legal liabilities information, followed by student participation in driving range exercises and skill refresher and development. On course driving exercises, including mock pursuit scenarios, provide opportunities for situational analysis, management and decision-making for the line officer and supervisory personnel. The course is completed with a qualification exercise involving a P-2 emergency-response obstacle course which the officer must successfully navigate.

Basic PIT/TVI Course

This course is designed to teach the officer in the techniques of PIT (Pursuit Immobilization Technique) and TVI (Tactical Vehicle Intercept) and the various forces and operational factors concerning the use and application of the PIT technique and how to forcefully stop, redirect or remove a vehicle in motion from its path or course of travel during the operation of a motor vehicle during pursuit and highway and emergency response performance activities.

The second portion of the training course expands the program to include the application of the TVI techniques to those vehicles that have been forced or removed from their path or course of travel by the PIT technique and to safely terminate the motion or progress of the vehicle, to end the pursuit. The student will learn the TVI technique and the various forces and operational factors concerning the use and application of the technique and how to forcefully stop, immobilize and pin a motor vehicle from further movement or motion during pursuit and highway and emergency response performance activities.

Advanced Pursuit & PIT/TVI Course

This course provides both areas of training for those agencies and officers who need to have the POST-mandated pursuit refresher training requirements met for their POST license or need to have recertification in the areas of PIT/TVI pursuit tactics. This course will utilize force-on-force and scenario-based training exercises to fulfill the POST pursuit and emergency-response refresher training requirements.

Less Than Pursuit Course

This course is geared towards non-sworn personnel who will be driving marked units, such as police reserves/explorers, community service officers, water patrol and others. This course will focus on liability, vehicle dynamics, emergency response (if permitted) and emergency lighting. The driving portion will focus on skill development in the areas of braking and steering, evasive maneuvers, backing, cornering and skid pad exercises. Vehicle dynamics will be stressed on the driving range.

Disposable Car

You are not required to bring disposable cars for your officers. However, if your tow company would like to donate a junker car that runs, it makes the training more fun for the officer(s) attending the class. Disposable cars are sedan-type vehicles with automatic transmission and are obtainable through your city’s impound lots and the cost of towing the car out to DCTC and back to the impound lot plus the depreciative value of the car is tax deductible through DCTC’s Foundation a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. Download DCTC Foundation In-kind Donation Form

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Registration

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Customized Corporate Solutions

Many of our courses and training programs can be customized to fit your requirements. We adapt to various schedules and locations for your individual or company’s needs.

Contact us to schedule a free consultation

Motorcycle Safety

If you are 18 or older and you want to obtain your motorcycle endorsement, you must have a motorcycle permit prior to attending the course. Wisconsin residents do NOT need a permit to earn their endorsement. After you have successsfully completed the Basic Rider course you will be issued a Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) completion card.

Dakota County Technical College has partnered with the Minnesota Motorcycle Safety Center (MMSC), Driver and Vehicle Service (a division of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety), Minnesota State Colleges and Universities, and community and Corporate sponsors to provide one of the most comprehensive safety programs in the world. MMSC and DCTC are committed to reducing motorcycle crashes, injuries, and fatalities.

Motorcycle courses offered:

  • Basic Rider Course | 14.5 hours
  • Intermediate Rider Course | 5 hours
  • Basic Motorcycle Maintenance | 4 hours
  • Road Guard Course | 3 hours
  • Motorized Bicycle (Moped) Training Course | 4.5 hours
  • Motorcycle Refresher Course | 3 hours

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Cancellation Policy

Due to the vast number of registrations for these courses, you will be allowed to reschedule your course date once without forfeiting your tuition. To cancel or reschedule a course, you must call 651-423-8027 five days prior to class. There will be no refunds for late cancellations or “No Shows.”

Customized Corporate Solutions

Many of our courses and training programs can be customized to fit your requirements. We adapt to various schedules and locations for your individual or company’s needs.

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Railroad Conductor Technology Certificate

This program prepares students to serve as railroad conductors in the railway industry, which is critical to our nation’s livelihood. Retirement rates of current conductors promise excellent job opportunities. DCTC formed partnerships with Canadian Pacific Railway, Union Pacific Railroad and many other regional and short lines to develop a curriculum that puts graduates on the fast track to employment in the industry.

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Customized Corporate Solutions

Many of our courses and training programs can be customized to fit your requirements. We adapt to various schedules and locations for your individual or company’s needs.

Contact us to schedule a free consultation

Vehicle Certification

This eight-hour training provided in this course will prepare individuals to become a Certified Vehicle Inspector on trucks weighing 26,001 lbs. or more GVW inspected, and other vehicles required to have annual safety inspections. Minnesota state decal is valid proof of inspection in all other states.

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Minnesota Commercial Vehicle Re-Certification

This six-hour training will prepare individuals to obtain their Vehicle Inspector Re-Certification. All Minnesota Commercial Vehicle Inspectors must be re-certified every two years if they wish to continue as certified inspectors.

You cannot attend the re-certification class if:

  • Your certification has been expired for more than six months
  • If your certification is under revocation
  • If you attended and failed the re-certification course (in this case, you must retake the full certification course)

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Contact Information

Julie DuBois, Administrative Assistant    651-423-8689  |  651-423-8690 (fax)

“This program was great! It covered every important aspect of transportation and safety and made me a better employee. It also gave me a better career and better way to take care of my family.” Jason B.

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