Heavy-Equipment Technician


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

Heavy-Equipment Technician Program New Student Orientation - Fall 2016

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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


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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

Requirements and Costs

Degrees and Certificates

Associate of Applied Science in Heavy Equipment Technician



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Advanced Technical Certificate in Heavy Equipment Technician



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Intermediate Technical Certificate in Heavy Equipment Technician



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Basic Technical Certificate in Heavy Equipment Technician 1



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Basic Technical Certificate in Heavy Equipment Technician 2



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Important Dates for Credit Programs

  Summer 2016 Fall 2016 Spring 2017
Registration Open April 11 April 11 November 14
Financial Aid Priority Date May 16 July 11 December 5
Admission Deadline May 20 August 5 December 30
Last Day to Register June 3 August 19 January 13
Tuition and Fees Due June 3 August 19 January 13
Classes Begin June 6* August 22* January 17*
*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

Wednesday, July 13, 2016 - 3:45pm
The event will highlight Drafting Technology, Heavy-Equipment Technology, and Machine Tool Technology.
Tuesday, June 28, 2016 - 4:15pm
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
Tuesday, June 28, 2016 - 3:30pm
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
Monday, June 6, 2016 - 10:30am
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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