Heavy Equipment Technician

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CWI Heavy Equipment Technician

Program Exploration Event

Interested in a career as a Heavy Equipment Technician? Join us on April 4, 2023, from 6:00 - 7:30 pm at the Nampa Campus Micron Education Center in room 142 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.



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.

Sign up to receive information about upcoming program orientation dates. Program Orientation Dates

If you have questions about the program, please contact George Turner at georgeturner@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

Heavy Equipment Technician students standing in front of bulldozer

Training opportunities for Heavy Equipment Technician students at College of Western Idaho have been elevated thanks to a newly purchased dozer, in part, due to an industry partner.

Michael Hertel

Through College of Western Idaho, Advanced Mechatronics Engineering Technology student, Michael Hertel, has discovered new studies and industries — some of which he hopes will lead to a life-long career for himself.

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Are you interested in learning more about careers and programs to help you get the job you want? If so, plan to attend one of College of Western Idaho's (CWI) Program Exploration Events!

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Hands-on training opportunities for Heavy Equipment Technician students at College of Western Idaho have been elevated thanks to a donation of two Ford F750 trucks.

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.