Joined Caterpillar in 2012 in the Leadership and Technical Development Program- Operations
2012 graduate of Georgia Institute of Technology - Bachelor's degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering
1. Why did you pick Georgia Institute of Technology?
Growing up, I believed a degree in math and science would best position me for success. I grew up in Georgia and Georgia Tech was right in my backyard, so it was an easy decision.
2. Why did you select Caterpillar as an employer?
The Leadership and Technical Development Program was an attractive program when I applied to Caterpillar. Caterpillar is giving me the opportunity to experience three roles in three years across the country. Furthermore, Caterpillar is an admired Fortune 50 company that has a diverse portfolio; the opportunities are limitless.
3. What was the highlight of your Caterpillar experience so far?
The highlight thus far has been working with my team as a Manufacturing Engineer to design and implement a welding fixture to improve safety, quality and velocity for the shop floor. It's one thing to love the product you work on, but it's an added bonus to get to work with knowledgeable employees who are leaders in our industry and are passionate about the work they do.
4. What is a typical workday like for you?
A typical work day in my current role involves strategically sourcing aftermarket parts for synergy savings, purchasing service parts for our customers so they can keep their machines running, and collaborating with suppliers to develop solutions on delivered parts that do not meet Caterpillar specifications.
5. What do you like about living in Pittsburgh, PA?
The facility I currently work in is 30 minutes from a major city. I enjoy the small town feel, while still being close to a city at the same time. Pittsburgh is home to three major sports teams (Penguins, Pirates, and Steelers). Pittsburgh offers a wide range of activities including, museums, boating, scenic tours, and hiking. There's always something to do.
6. What are you looking forward to about working for Caterpillar in the long-term?
As I mentioned above, Caterpillar portfolio's is quite diverse which makes the opportunities presented unlimited. I look forward to not only being able to broaden my knowledge base by learning about different products, but becoming a well-rounded employee by holding multiple job titles, furthering my skillsets, and becoming well versed in both the engineering product side along with the business development side.
7. What would you say to someone considering employment with Caterpillar?
To be a part of the world's leading manufacturer of heavy industrial equipment, and engines is not only a privilege, but exciting as well! Caterpillar is recognized across the globe for providing quality products to their customers. I would highly recommend joining the Caterpillar family.