MSC Southeast - Automotive and Light Duty Diesel Technology
Minnesota State College Southeast
A Technical & Community College

Automotive and Light Duty Diesel Technology

Classroom + hands-on experience = top-notch training.


You will receive the highest level of training in the Automotive and Light Duty Diesel Technology program at Minnesota State College Southeast.

Our program consists of formal learning in the classroom combined with hands-on training in the lab. Housed in the college's new state-of-the-art Norris P. Abts Transportation Center in Winona, the automotive technology lab includes the latest automotive equipment. You will have the opportunity to learn all aspects of automotive and light duty diesel repair.

This unique combination of formal and hands-on learning will prepare you to enter the workforce immediately upon graduation. The variety of employers and occupations in the automotive field will allow you to take your education on several pathways.

Major Offerings

  • Automotive and Light Duty Diesel Technology (DIP) View Classes
    Winona - 64 cr

  • Automotive Technology Foundations (CERT) View Classes
    Winona - 11 cr
  • Undercar Specialist (CERT) View Classes
    Winona - 18 cr

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

  • Lab operates as a live shop
  • Students work on customer vehicles
  • Computer training tied to the automotive industry
  • Text and curriculum designed around Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Certification


  • Niel Christensen comes to Minnesota State College Southeast from Dahl Automotive (formerly Walz) in Winona where he worked for seven years as an automotive technician. Before that he worked at Sugarloaf in Winona for 13 years. Niel graduated from MSC Southeast's Automotive Technology Program in 1992. In addition he attended Ford and General Motors Schools.
  • Josh Jacobsen is fully GM certified and Advanced ASE Master certified. He worked at Dahl/Walz for 12 years and continues to work part-time in order to stay current with job requirements. Josh graduated from Riverland Community College in Albert Lea, MN. His hobbies include buying, repairing, and selling cars, building and restoring cars, and fishing.

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