Heavy-Equipment Welding and Fabrication

The Diesel Technology programs seek to develop students that are behaviorally mature, skilled in their discipline, academically equipped, and prepared for a world that demands lifelong learning.
Steve Rayburn, Heavy Equipment Welding and Fabrication Program Chair
You see our students do a lot of different things [after this program] because there is a broad variety of demand.
Randy Johnson, Welding and Metals Fabrication Program Chair


If you are interested in pursuing a diesel technician career with a specialty focus in welding, College of Western Idaho’s (CWI) Heavy Equipment Welding and Fabrication program can help you achieve your goals. In this program, you will start your education by taking the first year of Heavy-Duty Diesel Truck Technician training. After successfully completing the first year, you will move to CWI’s Welding and Metals Fabrication program and complete one year of training to earn your degree.

What You Will Learn to Do

  • Work on small and large diesel powered equipment
  • Diagnose and repair fuel systems, lubrication systems, cooling systems, hydraulic systems, power trains, electrical systems, and heating/ventilation/air conditioning systems
  • Perform many welding processes, including Shielded Metal ARC Welding (SMAW) (STICK), Gas Metal ARC Welding (GMAW) (MIG), Flux Cored ARC Welding (FCAW), Gas Tungsten ARC Welding (GTAW) (TIG)
  • Perform manual, semi-automatic, and automatic oxygen-acetylene burning
  • Perform air carbon ARC and plasma cutting and gouging
  • Operate fabrication tools and equipment
  • Read blueprints
  • Utilize appropriate fabrication techniques
  • Maintain quality control
  • Identify properties of materials
  • Understand basic metallurgy

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

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Requirements and Costs

Degrees and Certificates

Heavy Equipment Welding & Fabrication, Associate of Applied Science



Delivery Formats:

Heavy Equipment Welding & Fabrication, Advanced Technical Certificate



Delivery Formats:

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
  • Ability to lift heavy objects
  • Good physical condition
  • Communication skills
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Troubleshooting skills
  • Enjoyment of mechanical work
  • Sound math and spatial skills
  • Good hand-eye coordination
  • Ability to work well on a team
  • Precise attention to detail
  • Solid reading skills


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.

All students interested in pursuing this program must meet with an enrollment specialist prior to registration.

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.

Welding graduates are in demand locally, nationally, and internationally. Our students often find positions fabricating new products such as industrial machinery, steel structures, transportation equipment, railroad engines/cars, farm equipment, and more. Many graduates also find excellent self-employment opportunities in both urban and rural areas.


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