Minnesota State College, Southeast Technical

Minnesota State College, Southeast Technical

A member of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System
Programs Of Study
Diesel Maintenance Technician

Diesel Maintenance Technician

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

Major Title (Degree) Campus(es) Credits
Diesel Maintenance (CERT) Winona 16 cr
Diesel Maintenance Technician (DIP) Winona 55 cr


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.


  • Tim Willms decided when he was a freshman in high school that he wanted to become a technical school instructor when he grew up. He graduated from Wyoming Technical Institute (WYOTECH) in 2004 with an Associate Degree in Automotive and Diesel Technology. Since then he has gained experience in the automotive industry, over-the-road truck industry, engine rebuilding, heavy equipment, and agriculture industries.

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Career Opportunities

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

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