Heavy-Equipment Technician

CWI Heavy Equipment Technician

We prepare graduates of our Diesel Technology programs for a lifetime of career opportunities in multiple diesel powered equipment.
Steve Rayburn, Heavy-Duty Technician Program Chair

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Heavy Equipment Technician

The Heavy Equipment Technician program at CWI will prepare you for entry level employment as a technician at a variety of construction and agricultural equipment repair facilities. Students who complete the CWI program are considered for employment by many local businesses that hire diesel technicians. The demand for qualified technicians is not only high locally, but nationally and internationally as well. There is expected to be a strong demand well into the future.


The CWI Heavy Equipment Technician program offers students a high level of technical understanding and interpersonal skills to support industry requirements for entry-level placement in the heavy equipment technician job market.

Why This Program

The Heavy Equipment Technician program at College of Western Idaho (CWI) provides students with an excellent opportunity to learn how to diagnose, maintain and repair construction, agricultural and other diesel powered equipment. Completing our program provides you with opportunities to secure jobs that pay well and provide excellent benefits working for local and major national companies in the construction, agricultural, mining, marine, power generation and various other diesel related fields. The need for skilled technicians is increasing and the trend is expected to continue for many years to come.

What You Will Learn to Do

  • Diesel theory
  • Care and use of tools
  • Principles and repair of the internal combustion engine
  • Fuel systems
  • Lubrication systems
  • Cooling systems
  • Transmissions
  • Differentials
  • Drive lines
  • Basic hydraulics
  • Suspension and steering systems
  • Electrical systems
  • Engine Performance
  • Shop safety and shop maintenance


Skills USA is a nationwide organization; it is also a club at College of Western Idaho. Its purpose is to provide an opportunity for people from all backgrounds to enhance their technical and leadership skills. In Skills USA, college students can... more

Gainful Employment

For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who have completed the program, and other important information, please visit our website at cwidaho.cc/ge

Respectful Community

The College of Western Idaho is committed to maintaining a Respectful Community by providing equal opportunity for all individuals and does not discriminate in services, benefits, or activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability status, veteran status, age, or any other legally protected status.  More on Title IX

Requirements and Costs

Degrees and Certificates

Heavy Equipment Technician, Associate of Applied Science



Delivery Formats:

Heavy Equipment Technician, Advanced Technical Certificate



Delivery Formats:

Heavy Equipment Technician, Intermediate Technical Certificate



Delivery Formats:

Heavy Equipment Technician 1, Basic Technical Certificate



Delivery Formats:

Heavy Equipment Technician 2, Basic Technical Certificate



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Important Dates for Credit Programs

  Spring 2017 Summer 2017 Fall 2017
Registration Open November 14 April 10 April 10
Financial Aid Priority Date December 5 May 15 July 10
Admission Deadline December 30 May 19 August 4
Last Day to Register January 13 June 2 August 18
Tuition and Fees Due January 13 June 2 August 18
Classes Begin January 17* June 5* August 21
*Some classes begin before or after this date. See the class schedule for more information.

Skills, Traits, and Prep Classes

  • 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


Navigating your way through college can be confusing, especially if you try to go it alone. CWI One Stop Student Services offers advising assistance, to help in deciding which courses you need to take to complete your educational goals. Visit Advising for more information or contact One Stop Student Services to schedule an appointment.

A typical day is six hours of classroom and lab work with an emphasis on hands-on training and an opportunity to learn on the job with local employers. Students may work part time in a related field while in the program.

Financial Aid Available

Did you know that as a student in this program you may be eligible for financial aid? Through grants, scholarships, and loans, more than 60 percent of first-time, full-time CWI students receive some form of financial assistance. To learn more about financial aid options and whether you may be eligible, visit Financial Aid.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition for a full-time CWI student averages half the cost of a state university and a third of the cost of a private college. Tuition and fees vary based on program and residence. Visit Tuition and Fees for more information.

Career Info

You will find work in many types of fields—working on equipment that ranges from rugged construction vehicles to giant earth movers, mining trucks, cranes, and pavers. These machines cost hundreds of thousands—even millions—of dollars and you will be trusted to care for and repair them.


Nampa Campus Micron Center for Professional Technical Education

5725 E. Franklin Road, Nampa, ID 83687

News and Blogs

CWI swept away the competition with 37 medals at this year's SkillsUSA State Conference.

The 5th annual Skills on Wheels Auto Show returns April 22 from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

The event will highlight Drafting Technology, Heavy-Equipment Technology, and Machine Tool Technology.

A group of CWI students and recent graduates also won medals in a school record five events.

CWI Alumni and Scholarship Recipient Steve Silva, 2016

For CWI alum Steve Silva, a chance encounter turned into a golden opportunity when he decided to get involved with SkillsUSA.

CWI Student and Scholarship Recipient Liz Driml

Liz Driml's goal of obtaining a GED quickly turned into the goal of earning a two-year degree at CWI.


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