MSC Southeast - Heavy Diesel Maintenace
Minnesota State College Southeast
A Technical & Community College

Heavy Diesel Maintenance

Keeping commercial trucks running smoothly.


In our Heavy Diesel Maintenance technician program, you'll gain the confidence to work with the biggest trucks on the highway.

If you're fascinated with semi-trailer trucks, you can become part of the team that keeps them rolling smoothly down the highway. At Minnesota State College Southeast, our Heavy Diesel Maintenance technician program in Winona, Minnesota will give you the training to work with these heavy-duty vehicles and other heavy diesel engines, such as buses and large agricultural equipment.

Our emphasis is on how to maintain, service, and repair heavy diesel engines and transportation trailers. The program covers:

  • Computer Diagnostics
  • Drivetrain Systems
  • Electronics
  • Heating and Air Conditioning Systems
  • Preventive maintenance
  • Tractor/Trailer Brake Systems
  • Welding for Diesel Maintenance

With a certificate or diploma from MSC Southeast, you can begin your career in diesel maintenance with a solid foundation. Employers are looking for people who have skills like these and are ready to work.

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: 100%
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 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

  • 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


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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