Heavy-Duty Truck Technician

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CWI Heavy-Duty Truck Technician Program

By working closely with industry leaders, reacting to their expectations, and implementing constant process improvement, CWI offers a direct path to multiple career opportunities in the industry. Rocky Church, Instructor

Program Exploration Event

Interested in a career as a Heavy-Duty Truck Technician?  Join us on Oct. 17, 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.




Are you interested in big trucks and mega engines? Are you looking to start a career with the potential for excellent pay and great job opportunities? Then look no further than College of Western Idaho's (CWI) Heavy-Duty Truck Technician program. At CWI, you will receive training with the latest technologies found in semi tractor-trailer trucks, enhancing your understanding of the power that makes them go.


Complete the following steps to get started in the Heavy-Duty Truck Technician program:

  • Apply to CWI selecting Heavy-Duty Truck Technician as your planned major. 
  • Attend a Program Exploration event to learn about the program, register for classes, and prepare for success.


Offer students a high level of technical understanding and interpersonal skills to support industry requirements for entry-level placement in the heavy-duty truck technician job market.

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
  • Hydraulic, air, and engine brake systems
  • Transmissions
  • Differentials
  • Drive lines
  • Basic hydraulics
  • Suspension and steering systems
  • Electrical systems
  • Engine Performance
  • Understanding service parts/manuals
  • Shop safety and shop maintenance
  • Communication skills and occupational relations


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