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NTEA Releases Training Module on Vehicle Powertrains

To support employee education and training in the work truck industry, NTEA developed a Truck Equipment 201 module covering commercial vehicle powertrains. TE201 is intended as a series of online course modules designed for those with technical knowledge seeking deeper understanding of specific topics outlined in TE101—introductory course released by NTEA in 2017. The powertrain module—second TE201 course—helps expand understanding of the vehicle powertrain by reviewing horsepower and torque, engine function and alternative propulsion, power and torque transfer by the transmission, and driveline and axle.

“The second TE201 module addresses powertrains—critical to vehicle movement,” Susan Dehne, NTEA senior director of technical services, says. “This course goes in depth explaining related elements and applications in a straightforward, easy-to-understand format, serving as an effective resource for industry professionals.”


  • Overview of powertrain systems
  • How internal combustion engines work
  • Related technologies
  • Alternative fuel and propulsion systems
  • Transmission formats
  • Driveline
  • Axle types and features
  • Important considerations

The second module of TE201 builds on the success of the first that launched in February 2019, reviewing US, Canadian, and European Union certification processes and US/Canadian label requirements, as well as the influence of motor vehicle safety standards.


TE101—the foundational course—covers all aspects of work trucks and the industry. Made up of 15 online modules, TE101 provides insight into systems that make up a truck and basic regulatory requirements applicable to US and Canadian markets. Details available at There are no course prerequisites. To receive a certificate of completion for the powertrain module, the learner is required to complete a brief quiz following each of the eight sections.

TE101/TE201 courses are available through NTEA’s learning management system, Elevate. After placing the order on Shop NTEA, the learner gains access through (members can use current login credentials). The course is a free benefit to NTEA members and eligible for MVP credit and Continuing Education Units (CEUs) through NTEA’s accreditation by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training. Nonmembers can purchase access to each TE201 module for $49. Learn more at

TE101/TE201 align with NTEA’s priority on workforce development. The Association identifies current workforce development challenges and global trends affecting the commercial vehicle industry. Visit to browse the many available resources and identify employee-specific training opportunities.

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