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The Heavy Equipment Technician program at College of Western Idaho (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.
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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
- Drive lines
- Basic hydraulics
- Suspension and steering systems
- Electrical systems
- Engine Performance
- Shop safety and shop maintenance
Requirements and Costs
Degrees and Certificates
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 offers advising assistance to help in deciding which courses you need to take to reach your education and career goals. Visit Advising or contact One Stop Student Services for more information.
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.
If you have questions about any of this information, please contact One Stop Student Services or your advisor.
Cost & Aid
As a student in this program, you may be eligible for financial aid and scholarships. Visit Cost & Aid to view tuition and fees, explore types of aid, apply for federal financial aid, and more.
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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.
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