The AED Foundation Re-Accredits Heavy Equipment Technician Program at College of Western Idaho


The AED Foundation congratulates faculty and staff upon re-accreditation of the Heavy Equipment Technician A.A.S. degree program at College of Western Idaho (CWI).

This program provides students with an excellent opportunity to learn how to diagnose, maintain and repair construction, agricultural and other diesel-powered equipment. Completing the two-year program provides students 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 AED Foundation’s rigorous national technical standards, updated regularly and the bedrock of Foundation accreditation, are defined and updated regularly by the equipment industry with representation from dealers, manufacturers and technical colleges. This results in real-world standards that are fully aligned with industry-expressed needs, current with rapidly changing technology, and comprehensive in scope. Accreditation by the Foundation is truly "of the industry, for the industry."

Alex Beal, CWI Heavy Equipment Technician Program Chair, commented on the value of The AED Foundation accreditation: "The value far exceeds the recognition alone by the Foundation and its industry partners. Our students are the benefactors. The technical standards that come with an accredited program provide our students with the most recent and advanced skills to meet the high expectations for a career in the construction equipment technology industry. It’s a privilege to align our program’s skill standards in a manner that provides our students with the greatest advantage for beginning their long and rewarding careers. Our re-accreditation exemplifies our renewed commitment toward this highly technical and demanding field. Our program has benefited greatly from being part of such a wonderful foundation. I expect great things in our future for our students and for the dealers and industry partners that work with us."

In addition to their associate degree program in Heavy Equipment Technology, CWI offers a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in construction equipment management through a partnership with Boise State University.

Again, our congratulations to Alex Beal and his team at CWI. The AED Foundation is proud of its affiliation with this outstanding diesel-equipment technology program at College of Western Idaho and many other career and technical colleges via The AED Accreditation program. If you are wondering where your next generation of qualified equipment technicians will come from, and are interested in working with your local technical college, contact Steve Johnson at The AED Foundation for more information.

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