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Hennepin Technical College Announces New Pilot/Escort Driver Certification Training

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Hennepin Technical College (HTC) has announced that it now offers Pilot/Escort Driver Certification training. HTC’s Customized Training Services is partnering with the Minnesota Department of Public Safety and AdvancEd Minnesota to offer a training program designed to certify overdimensional load pilot/escort vehicle operators to the standards set by the new law passed by the state of Minnesota in 2010 and adopted in late 2012.

“Our goal is to communicate the new industry rules and regulations and to present current pilot/escort driver best practices and guidelines relating to safety,” said Erik Gohl, Industrial Safety Coordinator for HTC’s Customized Training Services. He noted that Minnesota lawmakers deemed this a necessary law for public safety reasons. “Oversize loads are getting bigger and becoming more frequent on Minnesota highways. The qualification bar for pilot/escort drivers, including law enforcement personnel, has now been raised.”

Essentially, if pilot/escort drivers want to continue to do business in the state of Minnesota they now have until January 2014 to become trained and certified by the Minnesota Department of Public Safety. It’s the law. Their vehicles, in addition, will need to meet certain requirements. Peace officers performing pilot/escort duties will also now be required to undergo specific pilot/escort training before they can engage in those duties.

Justin Brevik, Equipment Services Manager for Perkins Specialized Transportation Contracting in Northfield, Minnesota noted, “As a trucking company that specializes in oversize load movements, we truly believe that if people are properly trained and certified to operate a pilot/escort vehicle, our roadways would be much safer. Moving large shipments is dangerous; the people that help move these loads must understand the required equipment, safety measures, and best practices.”

Colonel Kevin P. Daly, Chief, Minnesota State Patrol, concurs with the importance of obtaining the new certification. Addressing future students of the certification course he stated, “ Your job as a pilot/escort professional is essential to the safe transport of over-dimensional loads on Minnesota’s highways. The importance of your role in this activity cannot be overemphasized.”

The law specifically directs the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MNSCU) system, working in conjunction with the Minnesota State Patrol (MSP), to develop and conduct this training. MSP tasked two colleges in the system, Hennepin Technical College (HTC) and Advanced Ed Minnesota (formerly known as Mesabi Range Community & Technical College), to develop and teach the curriculum.

Through HTC’s Customized Training Services, the new certification training for civilian pilot/escort drivers is now ready to begin, with classes conveniently being scheduled all over the state of Minnesota. State law mandates the cost of civilian pilot/escort driver certification classes to be $180 per participant. Classes will last approximately eight hours. Advanced registration for the classes is required. Drivers will need to provide a current Minnesota driver record (no older than 30 days) with their registration.

For information about the program, contact Erik Gohl at (952) 995-1346 or erik.gohl@hennepintech.edu

About Hennepin Technical College
Hennepin Technical College (www.hennepintech.edu) is Minnesota’s largest technical college, serving more than 10,000 students at campuses in Brooklyn Park and Eden Prairie. HTC offers more than 45 programs of study, leading to certificates, diplomas, an Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) or Associate of Science (A.S.) degree. The college offers many evening, weekend, and online courses. In addition, cutting-edge continuing education is available through HTC’s Customized Training Services. To learn more, visit www.hennepintech.edu or call (952) 995-1300.

HTC is a member of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system comprised of 32 universities and community and technical colleges serving the higher education needs of Minnesota. The system serves about 260,000 students per year in credit-based courses and an additional 164,000 students in non-credit courses.


Last updated by jlaabs : 2013-02-27 23:05:29