Minnesota State College Southeast
A Technical & Community College

Automotive and Light Duty Diesel Technology

Now accelerated for even faster entry into a hot job market


Put your pedal to the metal in our accelerated Automotive and Light Duty Diesel Technology program.

Now more than ever, it's important to get a top-notch education that will get you into the workforce and earning a living quickly. That's why Minnesota State College Southeast's Automotive and Light Duty Diesel Technology program in Winona will get you through the classes you need for a 54-credit diploma in just one year!

Automotive and Light Duty Diesel Technology runs for Fall and Spring semesters and one Summer session. The program is packed with everything you'll need to know to find employment in this high-paying, high-demand career area. Start with the basics: Shop safety, use of service manuals, preventative maintenance, and the use of automotive tools and equipment. You will progress quickly to in-depth, hands-on knowledge of:

  • Starting and charging systems
  • Gas and diesel engine repair
  • Drive trains and axles
  • Suspension and steering
  • Brake systems
  • Heating and air conditioning
  • Light duty diesel and hybrid service
  • DC Electricity, electric/electronic systems
  • Computer controlled systems
  • And more!

The course load in Automotive and Light Duty Diesel Technology is flexible enough to allow part-time employment while going to college. And if you have a job in the field, you may be able to coordinate with your employer and the faculty to receive lab credit for hours worked in industry.

Where will you be in a year? With a diploma in Automotive and Light Duty Diesel Technology, you can be working in an exciting career that will always be in demand. Apply today!

Major Offerings

  • Automotive and Light Duty Diesel Technology (DIP) View Classes
    Winona - 54 cr

  • Automotive Technology Foundations (CERT) View Classes
    Winona - 9 cr
  • Undercar Specialist (CERT) View Classes
    Winona - 15 cr

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Outcomes & Opportunities

Program Learning Outcomes

Program graduates will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate safety practices and policies in an environmentally safe and compatible environment.
  2. Demonstrate the ability to diagnose related vehicle repairs using problem solving techniques.
  3. Demonstrate the ability to operate electrical diagnostic equipment.
  4. Demonstrate the ability to process information from service manuals and technical service bulletins to complete automotive repairs.
  5. Define the use of service manuals and technical service bulletins related to automotive repairs.
  6. Develop a plan for a career path in the automotive technology trade.

Automotive and Light Duty Diesel Technology Job Placement: 100%

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Career Opportunities

  • Certified Technicians
  • Service Managers
  • Service Writers
  • Vehicle Inspectors
  • Shop Owners
  • Specialists
  • Insurance Adjusters
  • Instructors

Transfer Credits

Expand your opportunities. Learn how your credits can transfer to other colleges and universities.

College Articulated Transfer Agreements: Specific agreements between MSC Southeast and other institutions to accept transfer credits.
Minnesota Transfer: Transfer information provided by Minnesota State colleges and universities, Minnesota private colleges, and the University of Minnesota.
Transferology: A nationwide network to assist students in determining which courses will transfer.

Highlights & Instructors

Program Highlights

  • State-of-the-art lab in the Norris P. Abts Transportation Center operates as a live shop
  • Students work on customer vehicles, get real hands-on experience
  • Emphasis on diesel, hybrid, and automotive technologies and computer controlled systems
  • Possible to receive laboratory credit for hours worked in industry
  • Text and curriculum designed around Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Certification


  • Amanda Griffin obtained her Automotive Technology Diploma and an Associate Degree in Individualized Studies from Minnesota State College Southeast. She is familiar with the college not only from having been a student, but also from having served as an adjunct instructor for several years prior to becoming a full-time instructor in 2019. She also brings several years of field experience to this position, having served as an Auto Center Service Writer and Technician, Driver’s Education Instructor, and Automotive Technician at several businesses in the Winona area.
  • Brady Brink obtained his Automotive Technology Diploma from Minnesota State College Southeast and has been working as a service technician through the Winona area. He brings a vast amount of experience to his teaching role with our college. Brady has achieved and maintained his ASE Master Certification.

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