Western States CAT Technician

Overview

The Western States CAT Technician program is a cooperative 15 month training program designed to prepare entry level technicians for Western States CAT career opportunities. Students are offered entry into the program in the Spring for a summer session start depending on available seating.

Western States Cat

Application Process

1.  Visit Current Job Openings and apply for the Western States CAT Technician Program.

2.  Submit your online application, being sure to fill out the application completely. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

3.  Once your application is submitted, you will be contacted by the Human Resources Department. They will discuss the program in more detail and will explain the next steps in the process which include:

  • Applying for admission at CWI
  • Placement into ENGL 101 or completion of ENGL 101 Plus
  • Placement into MATH 123 or completion of MATH 095 Unit 6
  • Providing three letters of recommendation
  • Scheduling an interview

4.  Successful candidates will be notified that they have been accepted into the program and will be scheduled to start in June.

Why This Program

The Western States CAT Technician program covers basic theory and repair procedures while emphasizing a hands-on approach with extensive training on functional training aids and equipment. All courses are oriented toward high levels of technical understanding to support skills required for entry-level placement in the heavy-equipment technician job market. In addition to technical course training, related instruction courses enable students to develop interpersonal and academic skills needed to advance within the heavy-equipment technology service industry. All coursework will have a primary focus on Caterpillar products, components, and proprietary technical information. Upon completion of coursework students will be placed in a three month formal internship program at a Western States location. Graduation will be based on successful completion of both the required coursework as well as the formal internship program.

What You Will Learn to Do

  • The WSCTP focuses on several key components of shop work, including safety, strategy, CAT and dealer service software service programs.
  • Repair of fuel systems, modern diesel emission systems, mobile hydraulic systems, power trains, electrical systems, and heating/ventilation/air conditioning systems.
  • Technical training on CAT heavy equipment and diesel engines.
  • Expectations and protocols specific to Caterpillar Dealerships.

Additional Opportunities

Specialized CAT & industry specific training: OSHA, MSHA, Forklift Cert, Lock-out/Tag-out, Rigging Safety; Equipment Operation.

Requirements and Costs

Degrees and Certificates

Associate of Applied Science Western States CAT Technician

AAS

24

Delivery Formats:
Traditional

Advanced Technical Certificate Western States CAT Technician

ATC

16

Delivery Formats:
Traditional

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.

Minimum Age Requirement

18

Advising

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.

Prior to registering for WSCT 100, students must interview with Western States, be selected, and attend a program orientation. The orientation will be an informative session to let prospective students know what is required in the Western States CAT Technician program. All students in this program must pass a drug and alcohol test before entering the program and agree to additional testing while in the program. See program web page or Program Chair for additional information regarding this policy.

Application Process

1.  Visit Current Job Openings and apply for the Western States CAT Technician Program.

2.  Submit your online application, being sure to fill out the application completely. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

3.  Once your application is submitted, you will be contacted by the Human Resources Department. They will discuss the program in more detail and will explain the next steps in the process which include:

  • Applying for admission at CWI
  • Placement into ENGL 101 or completion of ENGL 101 Plus
  • Placement into MATH 123 or completion of MATH 095 Unit 6
  • Providing three letters of recommendation
  • Scheduling an interview

4.  Successful candidates will be notified that they have been accepted into the program and will be scheduled to start in June.

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

Locations

Nampa Campus Micron Center for Professional Technical Education

Directions
5725 E. Franklin Road, Nampa, ID 83687