Heavy Equipment Technician

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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.

Manufacturer and Industry Partnerships:

Modern Machinery

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New Students

In addition to the New Student Orientation, you participate in as part of the college application process, you must attend a program orientation prior to registering for the Heavy Equipment Technician courses.

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If you have questions about the program, please contact Alex Beal at alexbeal@cwi.edu.


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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News and Blogs

Modern Machinery donates $10,000 to empower students in CWI's Heavy Equipment Technician program.

Modern Machinery donates $10,000 to empower students in CWI's Heavy Equipment Technician program.

CWI students standing by a piece of heavy equipment

Three of CWI’s Heavy Equipment Technician students were recently awarded $500 after completing internships with Modern Machinery.

Steve Silva, 2016 Graduate

“CWI played a massive role in empowering me to go after my dreams. I went from a farm kid who didn’t have a lot of confidence to feeling like I could do anything I set my mind to.”

Three SkillsUSA students with their awards

CWI swept away the competition with 37 medals at this year's SkillsUSA State Conference.

SkillsUSA students with their awards

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

For CWI alum Steve Silva, a chance encounter turned into a golden opportunity when he decided to get involved with SkillsUSA.