Research & Development

Research and development at Caterpillar is the means by which we identify, create and perfect the technologies and solutions that help our customers be successful. We invest more than $2 billion each year in research and development. The Caterpillar engineering community around the world powers our research and development efforts.

Caterpillar employs more than 11,000 engineers and over 350 PhD-level scientists and technology experts. We hold more than 15,000 active patents and engineer our products on nearly every continent. No matter what time of day or night, Caterpillar employees are working somewhere in the world to design, simulate, analyze, evaluate and validate products and processes to ensure they will provide the maximum value to customers.

Our research and development footprint reflects Caterpillar’s commitment to provide products and solutions that enable our customers’ success. Regional facilities in North America, Europe and Asia-Pacific position technical experts and validation assets where they are needed most to support manufacturing and sales opportunities. These facilities also enable us to attract and hire the best people with deep understanding of customer needs in all markets.

  • Global R&D Headquarters, Illinois
  • Peoria Proving Ground, Illinois
  • Tucson Proving Ground, Arizona
  • Ono Proving Ground, Japan
  • China Research & Development Center, China
  • Asia Pacific Proving Ground, China
  • Engineering Design Center, India
  • Europe Research & Development Centre, United Kingdom


Caterpillar partners with industry, government and academic institutions around the world to leverage world-class expertise and speed up the pace of research and development for the benefit of our customers.

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STEM Initiatives

Graduates of the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields are a critical piece of the Caterpillar talent pipeline.

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Your Road to Success Begins Here

Why Caterpillar?

Caterpillar offers the flexibility and excitement of a diverse career. Watch this video to learn how your road to success begins with a career at Caterpillar.

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Engineering Rotational Development Program

As soon as you enter one of Caterpillar’s global facilities as an ERDP participant, you hit the ground running. This program is all about developing the next generation of industry leaders and technical experts.

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Student Internships and Entry-level Jobs

As you graduate and want to find a place to make your mark, consider that joining Caterpillar means being part of making progress possible around the globe.

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