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General Courses provide non-make specific training for fleet and leasing personnel, and are ideal for those working with multiple makes, used vehicles, or a developing product line.
Effective product training courses optimized for:

Get Smart and Get a Reimbursement

Give your staff a sales edge through greater product knowledge and confidence. As one TMI graduate wrote: “Knowledge is the key to greater sales rewards.”

Both our ten lesson Course III and Course IV are highly recommended for Freightliner personnel. And when your employees finish within twelve months Freightliner will reimburse franchised dealers in the US up to 100% the tuition cost. TMI correspondence courses provide cost effective in-depth truck product training that is self-paced and flexible, with no travel time or expense.


Course III: Heavy-Duty Models Catalog and Application

Course IV: Mid-Range Diesels

To Enroll: Download the TMI Catalog and Application or call 800-447-1251.
Click on the blue text links above to get PDF catalog and applications that can be filled out on your computer and printed for signing and faxing to TMI. The files are about 300KB, so allow adequate time to fully download.


Heavy-Duty Models Class 8 trucks and tractors are the subject of this ten lesson correspondence course. Students study and are tested on Freightliner product information as well as advanced concepts in sales engineering and specing of Class 8 vehicles. Graduates complete ten written tests using the 392 page TMI textbook and your Freightliner product data. Tests are mailed, emailed or faxed to us for hand grading. This in-depth course typically requires over 70 hours of study time to complete.

Students work through the ten tests for this course and mail or fax them to TMI for grading. Grades and comments are often returned in one business day. The cost for this in-depth heavy-duty product training is US$825 per US or Canadian enrollment.


Mid-Range Diesels, this course is ideal for anyone involved with Business Class models. About 50 hours of study time is required for this ten lesson course using our 354 page textbook to provide full coverage of Class 5-6-7 diesels. Graduates complete ten written tests using the TMI textbook. The tuition is $795 per student.

GET THE eBOOK: The textbooks for Course III and Course IV are available as an enhanced PDF eBook in addition to the printed version. This is a $30 option for these courses. Using Adobe Acrobat Reader, students scroll through, read and search the textbook on most any computer.


Business sponsored enrollments are treated as company property. If an active course is not completed for any reason the value of the “unused” lessons can be credited to enroll another employee. To enroll, or if you have questions, call us toll-free at 1-800-447-1251. Now is the time to consider this cost effective product training for your staff.

Freightliner will reimburse franchised dealers in the US when an employee completes the Medium Duty Course IV or Heavy Duty Course III in twelve months or less as follows:

An average score of 95–100% will earn a 100% reimbursement of the tuition

An average score of 90–94.9% earns a 75%.

85–89.9% GPA will earn a 50% reimbursement of the tuition.


Precision Truck Training

Course III — Heavy Duty Models

Lesson 1 Productivity and Cost Relationships, Introduction to the Metric System.

Lesson 2 Model Types, Terms, Weight Ratings, Laws and Loads.

Lesson 3 Truck Weight Distribution and Optimum Payload Capacity.

Lesson 4 Tractor Trailer Weight Distribution and Maximum Load Capacity.

Lesson 5 Chassis Components: Frame, Springs, Axles, Wheels, Tires. GAWR Rating System.

Lesson 6 Vehicle Performance: Torque and Power, Performance Losses, Making a Performance Analysis—Reserve Power and Gradeability.

Lesson 7 Choosing the Drivetrain: Gearing, Rear Axles, Transmissions, Shift Patterns.

Lesson 8 Low Speed Performance: Gradeability, Traction, On/Off Road Gearing, Gas or Diesel?

Lesson 9 Speed Control: Air Brake Systems, Engine Brakes, Transmission and Driveline Retarders.

Lesson 10 The Support Systems: Electrical, Cooling, Exhaust, Emissions, Noise Control, Power Take-Offs, The Driver Environment.

Appendix Tables & Data: Weights & Measures, Performance Formulas, Swing Radius, Weight Distribution, Tire Capacities, Grade Resistance, Air Resistance, Electrical Loads.

Index Subjects and Terms


Precision Truck Training

Course IV — Mid-Range Diesels

Lesson 1 Truck Weight Ratings: Classes and Groups, Chassis Types, Cab Types, Dimensions, Fuel Supplies and Costs.

Lesson 2 Inflation, Diesel vs. Gasoline, Depreciation, Expense Deductions, Leasing, Financing.

Lesson 3 Why Diesels are Fuel-Efficient, Engine Performance Terms and Measurements, Torque & Power, Inner Workings of Diesels, Engine Specifications, Engine Rebuildability.

Lesson 4 Axle Ratio—Key to Truck Performance, Geared Speed Equations, Power Demands, Calculating Top-Gear Performance, How to Determine Net Power Required.

Lesson 5 Low Speed Performance, How to Gear for Gradeability, Transmission Ratios and Geared Speeds, How to Make a Shift Chart, Rear Axle Functions, Types and Gearing.

Lesson 6 Selecting the Best Driveline Combination, Transmission Types, Clutches and Prop Shafts Power Take-Offs.

Lesson 7 Truck Weight Distribution, Body and Wheelbase Lengths, Guidelines for Gross Weight Distribution, Tractor-Semitrailer Weight Distribution and Dimensions.

Lesson 8 GAWRs and GVWR, Frame Designs, Front & Rear Suspensions, Steering Systems, Choosing Tires, Tire Sizes & Dimensions, Tire Types, Wheels and Rims.

Lesson 9 Brake Systems, U.S. FMVSS-121, Weight Transfer During Braking, Retarder Devices.

Lesson 10 Engine Temperature Control, Diesel Fuel Systems, Electrical Systems, Terms and Components, Special Bodies and Equipment, Final Result: The Right Truck for the Job.

Lesson 10M How to perform power, weight and cost calculations using metric formulas.

Index Subjects and Terms


Click below for a 37 page PDF sample of the Course III Heavy-Duty book.

This file is about 500KB, so allow adequate time for it to download.

Download a 43 page PDF textbook sample for

Course IV: Mid-Range Diesels

This file is about 350KB.

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