Diesel, Equipment, & Truck

Maybe it’s moving and pulling heavy objects, figuring out how a single machine can move so much material from the Earth, or just the thrill of diagnosing, operating, and repairing something bigger than life. Diesel, truck, equipment, and related careers are on the move in today’s economy. Diesel technicians no longer just work on dirty, dark, and dangerous machines. Today’s technicians and operators work in clean, well-lit shops or outdoors with a piece of equipment on-site. They work with GPS, scan tools, electronics, hydraulics, and pneumatics. Find out more about today’s diesel/truck/equipment technology careers, schools, educational resources, and more.

Bus and Truck Mechanics

Maintain or repair any type of diesel engine.

State Median Salary

$23.93/HOUR

Future Outlook

11.9% GROWTH

Mobile Heavy Equipment Mechanics

Repair and maintain very large vehicles such as cranes, bulldozers, graders or conveyers.

State Median Salary

$27.96/HOUR

Future Outlook

2.8% GROWTH

Crane and Tower Operators

Operate mechanical cranes to lift materials.

State Median Salary

$28.09/HOUR

Future Outlook

5% GROWTH

Excavating and Loading Machine Operators

Operate machines to remove and load loose material.

State Median Salary

$24.23/HOUR

Future Outlook

5.2% GROWTH

Participating Colleges

Minnesota State has 25 colleges with transportation related program pathways. Below is the list of colleges that support these career pathways. Expand each one to see what each college offers!

Campus Location
1601 Jefferson Street Alexandria, MN 56308
Degrees / Diplomas / Certificates
  • Diesel Mechanics (DIP)
  • Diesel Mechanics (AAS)
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Campus Location
1830 Airport Rd Staples, MN 56479
Degrees / Diplomas / Certificates
  • Diesel and Heavy Equipment Technician (DIP)
  • Diesel and Heavy Equipment Technician (AAS)
  • Heavy Equipment Operation & Maintenance (DIP)
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Campus Location
1300 145th Street East Rosemount, MN 55068
Degrees / Diplomas / Certificates
  • Heavy Construction Equipment Maintenance (CERT)
  • Heavy Construction Equipment Mechanic (DIP)
  • Heavy Construction Equipment Technology (AAS)
  • Heavy Duty Truck Technology (DIP)
  • Heavy Duty Truck Technology (AAS)
  • Truck Fleet maintenance (CERT)
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Campus Location
9000 Brooklyn Blvd Brooklyn Park, MN 55445
Degrees / Diplomas / Certificates
  • Medium Heavy Truck Drivetrain Technician (DIP)
  • Medium Heavy Truck Maintenance Technician (DIP)
  • Medium Heavy Truck Technology (AAS)
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Campus Location
1515 East 25th Street Hibbing, MN 55746
Degrees / Diplomas / Certificates
  • Diesel Mechanics and Heavy Equipment Maintenance (DIP)
  • Diesel Mechanics and Heavy Equipment Maintenance (AAS)
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Campus Location
1250 Homer Road Winona, MN 55987
Degrees / Diplomas / Certificates
  • Diesel Maintenance (CERT)
  • Diesel Maintenance (DIP)
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Campus Location
1900 28th Ave South Moorhead, MN
Degrees / Diplomas / Certificates
  • Diesel Equipment Technology (DIP)
  • Diesel Equipment Technology (General) (AAS)
  • Diesel Equipment Technology (Case New Holland Sponsored) (AAS)
  • Diesel Equipment Technology (Truck) (AAS)
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Campus Location
1011 First Street Canby, MN56220
Degrees / Diplomas / Certificates
  • Advanced Diesel (CERT)
  • Basic Diesel (CERT)
  • Diesel Mechanics (Ag and Truck) (DIP)
  • Diesel Technician (Ag and Truck) (DIP)
  • Diesel Powertrain and Hydraulics (CERT)
  • Diesel Technology (AAS)
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Campus Location
2200 Riverland Drive Albert Lea, MN 56007
Degrees / Diplomas / Certificates
  • Diesel Technology (DIP)
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Campus Location
1540 Northway Drive St. Cloud, MN 56303
Degrees / Diplomas / Certificates
  • Medium/Heavy Truck Technician (DIP)
  • Medium/Heavy Truck Technician (AAS)
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Campus Location
235 Marshall Ave St. Paul, MN 55102
Degrees / Diplomas / Certificates
  • Truck Technician (DIP)
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