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Apprenticeship Positions Give You the Chance to Learn and Earn

Many authorized Cat dealers offer apprentice positions. These positions are designed for individuals with a strong mechanical aptitude, who are graduating high school, exiting the military, or have other related education or work experience. Programs vary in length, typically 12 – 24 months, and quickly pave the way for an equipment technician career.

Apprentices work side by side with certified technicians who train and develop apprentices to accurately troubleshoot and diagnose diesel equipment problems, perform repairs, recondition and service heavy equipment and components. Apprentices who successfully complete these programs are often awarded a program certification and offered a position at the dealership.  Most Cat dealers offer ongoing education and development for their technicians so they can continue to grow in their career.

An apprenticeship is a great way to jump start your technician career. Get an education and build your skill set, all while being paid, receiving full-time benefits, and without incurring any secondary education expenses. 


Common Requirements for Apprenticeship Applicants:
  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Self-starter, motivated to improve
  • Strong work ethic & mechanical aptitude
  • Proficient with computers and basic software such as Microsoft Office
  • Good written and verbal communication skills
  • Customer service skills
  • Physical requirements: ability to lift, carry and move items up to 70 lbs as well as repeatedly reach, stand, stoop, kneel , bend and climb.
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Choose The Training That Works For You

There are multiple ways to get trained for a job as a technician.

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Earn A Degree

Earn an associate’s degree when you participate in the ThinkBIG program—a network of colleges and dealers working together. Check to see if there’s a program in your area.

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Ongoing Skill Development & Training

To keep technicians on the leading edge, Caterpillar and our dealers offer thousands of hours of training for advanced and expert level technicians. Many of these programs can qualify for top industry certifications. 

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Free Online Learning

Technicians for the World is a FREE online training program sponsored by Caterpillar that will introduce you to the skills and knowledge you will need to successfully start your career as a Cat dealer technician.

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Dealer Excellence Fund

Dealer Excellence Education Partnerships help assure that people with a desire to become a Cat dealer Technician have the educational and training resources they need. At some partnerships, scholarships and grants may be available to students.

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Get Ready to Reach your Goals

Jumpstart your job hunt with these Application and Resume Tips

Sharpen the skills on your resume by Finding Your Strengths

Present your best self with these Interview Tips for Students

Follow this interview advice for a productive Dealer Dialogue

Prepare for your first meeting with these Common Interview Questions


Caterpillar offers tools, training and resources to prepare new and experienced technicians for valued roles in the Cat dealer network. Whether they be students, graduates, skilled workers or veterans, we’re open to all who seek involving and satisfying opportunities. Help someone close to you get their start as a Cat dealer technician. 

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