These workshops teach attendees how to haul the most legal weight without violating truck-weight laws. The workshops explain road weights during various times of the year, including the winter load increase and spring load restrictions. How trucks are configured — with proper axle spacing and tire size — makes a difference.

Professional, easy-to-understand take-home materials to assist you with your own configurations and options will be provided. The program is updated as needed to reflect changes in truck-weight legislation.

Schedule Free On-Demand Training

Become a Host Agency

We're looking for local agencies
to host public truck-weight training
for fall 2021 and spring 2022.
If you're interested in
becoming a hosting agency,
please contact Katherine Stanley

We are currently scheduling fall, winter, and spring on-demand training for 2021-22!

All training will be held on-site at your organization. Our instructors will come to you, tailoring the training content to meet your industry needs and standards. The training is free, but a minimum of 15 participants is required. To schedule a session, contact Katherine Stanley, TWEP program coordinator, at

Please note: Organizations are responsible for providing classroom space, presentation  technology, and equipment for hands-on demonstration.

Who Should Attend

Trucking entities who want to load to the maximum legal weight possible. Scale operators, farm truck owners and operators, aggregate haulers, truck manufacturers who configure truck axles and tires, township and county authorities who influence truck route weights, any company representative who influences the purchase or alteration of new trucks, out-of-state companies who need to understand and comply with Minnesota's legal weight limits, and truck driving students.

Please Note: This is not a “permitting” class for those who haul over-dimensional or overweight equipment that requires an oversize permit from either the state or county agencies. The class does cover the permit requirement for harvest and timber commodities and the 10 percent winter-load-increase (WLI) permit for trucks operating on Interstate highways.

Topics Covered

  • Update of road weight limits and differences between the state and local systems
  • Laws governing gross weights, axle weights, tire weights, road-restriction weights, and seasonally increased (winter and harvest) weights
  • Road damage issues: how overweight trucks cost us all
  • Overweight truck issues go beyond gross and axle weights
  • Classroom exercises to help you identify concerns in your own trucks
  • What’s different in axle spacing? Do I have the right tires for the weight?
  • Issues to consider when purchasing a new truck or altering a current truck
  • Introduction and demonstration of the new Minnesota truck-weight calculator, an online resource to help training attendees determine weights based on vehicle configuration

Course Instructors

  • Tom J. Nelson, Training Coordinator and Instructor
  • Paul Robischon, Instructor
  • Keith Williamson, Instructor


Informational Contact

With questions regarding course content, please contact


This program is funded by the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT), in cooperation with Alexandria Technical College and the University of Minnesota. Facilitated by the College of Continuing and Professional Studies, University of Minnesota.