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Midwest Diesel Tech Academy (MDTA) opened for its first session on Sept. 23 at the Corporate Office of Midwest Peterbilt Group.
Students enrolled in the 9-month-long program split their time between classes at the training facility and a paid internship at one of MPG’s five dealerships in Iowa and Nebraska.
“We’re providing students with an opportunity, at a low cost, to jumpstart their career for a challenging and rewarding future,” said instructor Dennis Wallace.
Wallace was hired in March to oversee recruitment and training. He joined Midwest Peterbilt Group after retiring from a 25-year career as a Diesel Technology instructor at Northwest Iowa Community College.
The MDTA curriculum covers 14 training modules including heavy duty electrical, air systems and brakes, and hydraulics. Upon successful graduation, students can become full-time employees.
Josh Cottrell, a student in the inaugural class, said he had been exploring going back to school. He chose MDTA because of the low-cost tuition and the accelerated program.
Also, the diesel tech career has a very high job placement rate, he said. “It was the best opportunity out there.”

For information on Midwest Diesel Tech Academy, follow us on Facebook, or contact enrollment administrator Mary Stubbs at mstubbs@pbtruck.com or Dennis Wallace at dwallace@pbtruck.com.

Instructor Dennis Wallace is shown during the first week of classes with students Josh Cottrell, Hunter Baumgardner and Casey Benton.
A truck driver tries out the driving simulator, and battles snow, wind and wrecks… all preprogrammed into the computer.

The interior of the trailer includes information on the trucking industry, and how IMTA benefits its members.

Peterbilt of Sioux City hosts IMTA Show Trailer
Iowa Motor Truck Association’s Show Trailer stopped by Peterbilt of Sioux City on Oct. 17 so guests could learn about IMTA membership benefits, meet the organization’s president, and try out the new state-of-the-art driving simulator.

The interior of the retrofitted trailer (below left) also includes a hospitality area as well as interactive displays.

Established in 1942, IMTA is the leading advocate for the trucking industry.

For more information, visit iowamotortruck.com.


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Shows and Events Schedule

 Winter 2019 - 2020  

Nebraska Power Farming Show: Dec 10 - 12, 2019 Lancaster Event Center, 4100 North 84th St. Lincoln, Nebraska.

Iowa Power Farming Show: Iowa Events Center 730 3rd St. Des Moines, Iowa. Jan 28- 30, 2020.

54th Annual Triumph of Ag Expo: Wednesday & Thursday March 4 - 5, 2020

Spring 2020

Midwest Pride in your Ride: Tri-State Raceway in Earlville, Iowa May 1 - 2, 2020 Proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life

Oak Grove Truckers Jamboree: June 12 - 13, 2020 at the Oak Grove 70 Petro, I-70 Exit 28, Oak Grove, Missouri.

Summer 2020

17th Wheel Jam Truck Show: June 4 - 7, 2020 in Huron, SD at the state fairgrounds.

Walcott Truckers Jamboree: July 9 -11, 2020 The 41st Annual Jamboree hosted at the Iowa 80 Truckstop, I-80 Exit 284, Walcott, IA.

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