Heavy-Duty Truck Technician

“The level of specialization that we offer provides students with a high degree of training without limiting their ability to move into other career disciplines within the diesel powered equipment field.”

-- Steve Rayburn, Program Chair

Program Overview

Are you interested in big trucks and mega engines? Are you looking to start a career with the potential for excellent pay and great job opportunities? Then look no further than College of Western Idaho’s (CWI) Heavy-Duty Truck Technician program. At CWI, you will receive training with the latest technologies found in semi tractor-trailer trucks, enhancing your understanding of the power that makes them go.

What will you learn to do?

The training outline we provide includes diesel theory, care and use of tools, principles and repair of the internal combustion engine, fuel systems, lubrication systems, cooling systems, hydraulic, air, and engine brake systems, transmissions, differentials, drive lines, basic hydraulics, suspension and steering systems, electrical systems, engine performance, understanding service/parts manuals, shop safety, and shop maintenance, communication skills, and occupational relations.

What kind of degree(s) can you earn?

What else should you know?

A typical day is six hours of classroom and lab work. Students may work part time in a related field while in the program.

All students accepted in this program must submit to a drug or alcohol test at the beginning of the program and at their own expense.

Orientation: Orientation Sign Up

Students who are registered for the program must attend a mandatory orientation session. Orientation will be held at the Micron Center for Professional Technical Education. Students who are registered for the program will receive a reminder email thru their myCWI email account regarding orientation. Any student who is interested in learning more about the program and requirements may also attend.

Requirements

Degree Plan

Orientation: Orientation Sign Up

Students who are registered for the program must attend a mandatory orientation session. Orientation will be held at the Micron Center for Professional Technical Education. Students who are registered for the program will receive a reminder email thru their myCWI email account regarding orientation. Any student who is interested in learning more about the program and requirements may also attend.

Instructor Info

Program Chair:
Rocky Church
208.562.2403
rockychurch@cwidaho.cc

Instructors:
Alex Beal
208.562.2413
alexbeal@cwidaho.cc

Career Info

What kind of career can you expect?

This program will train you to repair and maintain diesel powered equipment such as trucks, buses, farm equipment, stationary engines, and components.

What skills, traits, or prep classes would be helpful?

  • Mechanical aptitude
  • Manual dexterity
  • Math and spatial skills
  • Ability to lift heavy objects
  • Good physical condition
  • Reading and communication skills
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Troubleshooting skills
  • Enjoyment of mechanical work