Minnesota State College Southeast
A Technical & Community College

Heavy Diesel Maintenance

Our accelerated program means you'll be in the workforce sooner!


Our new accelerated Heavy Diesel Maintenance diploma will get your career on the road in less than a year!

Diesel is one of the hottest technical markets -- employers are looking for people who know how to work with diesel engines. With our accelerated diploma, you can begin your career in diesel maintenance faster than ever. In less than a year, you'll get two years' worth of training in Heavy Diesel Maintenance at Minnesota State College Southeast in Winona.

You'll graduate with the training you need to jump-start a career working on heavy-duty vehicles and other heavy diesel engines, such as buses and large agricultural equipment. Our program is set up to get you into the workforce faster:

  • Heavy Diesel Maintenance runs for 2 full semesters and one 4-week summer session
  • Starts in August and finishes the following June -- less than 12 months
  • Diesel theory and laboratory sessions are staggered into 8-week terms
  • Emphasis is on hands-on experience in a real-world setting -- you'll be ready to work!

In this program, you'll gain an in-depth understanding of diesel technology spanning hydraulics, braking, engine performance, and diesel diagnostics. And because part of the job involves being able to move vehicles and test engine performance, we'll make sure you graduate with your CDL Class B license.

Save time and money in college so you can begin working in this high-paying, in-demand career field in under one year. Apply now for Heavy Duty Diesel!

Major Offerings

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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.

Heavy Diesel Maintenance Job Placement: 100%

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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

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

  • Get your diploma in less than a year of full-time study
  • Program offered in our state-of-the-art Norris P. Abts Transportation Center
  • The program is continually upgraded to maintain the latest technology used in industry
  • You will graduate ready to work in a high-paying, in-demand field


Kevin Henderson comes to Minnesota State College Southeast from Telin Transportation Group, a school bus dealership, where he was a lead technician for 6 years, including 2 years as service manager. He was also the lead bus technician for Sandstrom Auto and Truck Repair, where he maintained the school bus fleet for Cannon Falls school district.

Kevin has been a technician for 27 years, with 20 years of experience in the school bus industry. He has maintained, diagnosed, and repaired a variety of heavy and medium duty vehicles throughout his career. Kevin graduated in 1991 from the Diesel and Heavy Equipment program in La Crosse, WI. In his spare time he enjoys hunting, fishing, boating, and outdoor activities with friends and family. He looks forward to applying his knowledge and skills to teaching his students at MSC Southeast.

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