Joe Johansson grew up in South Africa, and obtained his degree in Mechanical Engineering from Natal University in Durban in 1973.
He joined the Road Transport division of South African Transport Services, a multi-faceted transport organization encompassing road, rail, air and harbor activity. During this time, he was involved in vehicle specification, running maintenance shops, and managing a heavy haul oversize load division.
In 1989, he and his family moved to the USA, settling in Indianapolis, where he was employed at Allison Transmission for 25 years before retiring in 2015.
During his tenure at Allison, Joe worked as a Senior Application Engineer and became knowledgeable in PTO systems, drivelines, cooling systems and all the aspects of engineering automatic transmissions into heavy duty trucks. He has supported the Paccar group, and for many years the Daimler Truck N.A. brands.
He worked closely with many Allison heavy haul customers, and lectured several years at the NTEA Work Truck Show.
Upon retiring in 2015, Joe founded Johansson & Associates LLC, specializing in heavy haul analysis. This entails reviewing road profiles, and recommending equipment and axle ratios to provide adequate performance for heavy haul road trains up to 500k lb. GCW. He has also lectured in truck technology in various locations throughout the USA, Canada, Mexico and Central America.
In 2019 he began developing video based truck technology training called Truck Fundamentals.