Frequently Asked Questions
The hand tools you purchase are yours to keep and use throughout your professional career. Just as a musician becomes familiar with the nuance of playing a particular instrument, so you will become accustomed to using your specific set of tools. Professional quality tools are an essential component to doing professional quality work. If you already have tools, the instructors can inspect them and tell you which ones, if any, are appropriate for our program.
Pay varies across the country. Entry levels jobs in Band Instrument Repair range from $12-$18/hour and guitar runs from $10-$14/hour. After a repair person has gained experience, earnings may be based on a commission or percentage (usually 50-60%) of the shop rate for labor charge.
The College Learning Resource Center maintains a list of current job openings for all the programs and will mail them out to graduates. They will also help students write a resume and do mock interviews to prepare you for the job search.
Since most coursework is hands-on in the lab, most of the work is completed during class hours. However, you should plan on a few hours of homework per week, including reading assignments and written work.
75% of the students enrolled in Minnesota State College Southeast Technical receive some sort of financial aid in the form of loans, grants or work study. See the College’s Financial Aid page for more information.
Many students will find they need a car. The College campus is located three miles from downtown Red Wing. There are apartment buildings within easy walking distance. However, you will need transportation for grocery shopping and other errands.
One option is the Hiawathaland shuttle bus service, which is available by appointment for curb-to-curb service anywhere within Red Wing city limits for a nominal charge. To schedule a ride or for more information, call Hiawathaland Transit at 866-623-7505.
The Diploma Programs for Band Instrument, Guitar and Violin Repair include general education requirements in communications, computer and math skills as well as the coursework necessary to successfully repair instruments.
Students who wish to pursue the Guitar Instrument Construction Certificate complete all of the diploma coursework and construct three instruments — an acoustic guitar, an electric guitar and an archtop instrument (violin, mandolin or archtop guitar). Generally it will take two years of college to complete the Construction Certificate.