Diesel Maintenance Technician

Keeping commercial trucks running smoothly.


The Diesel Maintenance Technician program prepares individuals to become entry level preventive maintenance technicians.

Individuals will be able to apply their technical knowledge and skills to maintain, service, and repair diesel engines and transportation trailers in a variety of vehicles, such as: buses, semi-trailer trucks, and stationary diesel engines in power units and related equipment.

Major Offerings

Outcomes & Opportunities

Program Learning Outcomes

Program graduates will be able to:

  1. Know, understand, and apply the terminology common to heavy truck/diesel mechanics.
  2. Apply the safe and skillful use of common tools, test equipment, and technology for preventive maintenance.
  3. Diagnose/troubleshoot, service, repair, or replace components related to fundamental heavy truck and trailer systems.
  4. Demonstrate the professional/ethical behaviors of timeless and self-directed task completion.
  5. Master the general education program requirements for work and life goals.

Placement & Costs

Program Job Placement: TBD
Estimated Program Costs (PDF)

Career Opportunities

  • Heavy Truck/Diesel Mechanic
  • Parts Manager
  • Service Technician
  • Service Writer
  • Fleet Technician
  • Lead Technician
  • Shop Supervisor
  • Service Manager
  • Specialty Technician

Transfer Credits

Expand your opportunities. Learn how your credits can transfer between MnSCU colleges and universities.

College Articulated Transfer Agreements

Highlights & Instructors

Program Highlights

  • Program offered in our new state of the art Norris P. Abts Transportation Center
  • Curriculum designed around Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Certification
  • The program is continually upgraded to maintain the latest technology used in industry
  • Your skills gained upon completion will provide opportunities of a broad career range within the transportation industry


  • Joe Vanderzee comes to Southeast Technical with 12 years of industry experience, working in small fleet shops to the third largest Peterbilt group in the nation. Joe is a graduate of Western Technical College's Diesel and Heavy Equipment program. He grew up in rural Winona County on a farm which his family still operates today. With his farming background and factory Cummins, Cat, and Peterbilt training, Joe brings a wide range of on-the-job experience and a focus for hands-on learning to the program.

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