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CWI Automotive Technology

Program Exploration Event

Interested in a career in Automotive Technology? Join us on Oct. 23, 2023 or Dec. 4, 2023, from 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. at the Nampa Campus Micron Education Center, in room 139 A/B to:

  • Learn more about this program, and meet the faculty.
  • Meet industry leaders, and hear about career opportunities.
  • Understand how education in this career field benefits you.
  • Get tips on how to prepare for a successful start.
  • Take a tour of the lab space and technology.


If the sound of an engine makes your heart race, CWI’s Automotive Technician program is calling you. Technicians will tell you the best education gives you a wealth of experience. This is what makes our program so unique. In the first year, you will learn all auto systems, including brakes, fuel injection, electronic controls, automatic transmissions, scanning equipment, and onboard diagnostics, as well as the latest computer systems. Your second year is all about experience. You will learn on the job.


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New Students

We are excited you are interested in the Automotive Technology program at CWI. To help you get started in this great program, here are the steps:

  • Apply to College of Western Idaho, select the Automotive Technology degree or certificate you want as your major, and complete the steps for admission to CWI.
  • Attend an upcoming Automotive Technology Program Exploration event to register for classes. At the event, you will learn about the program and how to prepare for success.
    If there is not an upcoming event scheduled, please contact JohnD Thompson at, for your options.


The Automotive program has teamed up with NATEF (National Automotive Technicians Educational Foundation) (MAST) and the Ford Motor Company. In the first year of the program, a student may become a Ford Maintenance and Light Repair (MLR) Certified Technician. In the first year, students will learn about maintenance and light repair, electrical/electronic systems, engine repair, manual drive train and axles, brakes, suspension and steering, and the tools and techniques to diagnose and repair the modern vehicle. The second year covers engine performance, automatic transmissions/transaxles, heating and air conditioning, the use of scan tools, lab scopes, and other state- of-the-art diagnostic tools.
Finally, the Internship is where students may have the opportunity to work in an industry repair shop—making their dream a reality.

What You Will Learn to Do

  • Maintenance and Light Repair
  • Electrical/Electronic Systems
  • Engine Repair
  • Manual Drivetrain and Axles
  • Brakes
  • Suspension and Steering
  • Engine Performance
  • Automatic Transmission/Transaxle
  • Heating and Air Conditioning


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