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Consider A Career as a Dealer Technician

 

Set Your Sights On A Great Career As A Cat Tehcnician

Imagine a job where you work on machines that literally can move mountains using technology like automated digging and remote control. Equipment owners in construction, road building and mining all depend on Cat technicians to keep their machines running and jobs moving. Today’s technicians use laptops as well as tools and help solve customer problems in the shop and in the field. And, there are lots of ways to learn the technical skills needed – college programs, apprenticeships and certifications. If you’ve got a strong work ethic and enjoy working hands-on, consider a job as a Cat technician.

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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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Work As An Apprentice

Cat dealers offer a wide range of ways to learn—ThinkBIG, local college partners, online learning, and in-house programs. Apprenticeships are one way you can earn a salary while participating in hands-on learning.

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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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Why Set Your Sights On Becoming A Cat Technician?

You don’t have to take our word for what makes working as a Cat Technician such a great career. Hear first-hand from technicians why they enjoy working for their Cat dealer.

Career Growth

Customer Impact

Technology

Skills Gap

Cost Comparison

Focus on the Work is Rewarded

“When I was a second year apprentice, I was doing rebuilds on engines, transmissions, and certified rebuilds on machines. Being a second year apprentice, I was in charge of journeymen on the job. So that was pretty good.”

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Technician Working On Machine Parts

Technicians Protect Customers’ Business

“We have customers that buy half a million dollar engines or a piece of equipment. They're not going to let just anybody work on those. You have to come in with the right equipment, the right knowledge, the right experience, in order to take care of that customer.”
- Chris, Dealer Technician, Nebraska

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Technician Work Is High Tech

“We’ve got laptops for diagnostics and parts identification. You’ve got three or four phones in your truck and you're just a call or text away from help. Phone back to the shop, you connect to some experienced guys."
- Brent, Dealer Technician, Canada

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Ongoing Skills Training is Part of the Job

“Here, you go to school twice a year, and you go to school a couple of times here at the facility itself, we put on our own training classes. So, you're really only holding yourself back if you don’t do those things." 
- Chris, Dealer Technician, Nebraska

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Technician Working On Machine Parts

Financial Rewards Faster than a Four-year Degree

“Working at Caterpillar has affected my lifestyle by giving me the means to financially support my family and interests. So I'm able to go out there and do the things I enjoy doing. And I'm very appreciative for Caterpillar for giving me good employment where I can afford to do that.” 
- Jean, Dealer Technician, Hawaii

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Earn An Associates Degree With Thinkbig Program

Our 2-year ThinkBIG program teaches students how to service Cat equipment using cutting-edge diagnostic and maintenance systems, advanced technologies and high-tech tools. ThinkBIG combines classroom work with hands-on learning in the field and state-of-the-art labs, so students see technologies solving real world problems and helping Caterpillar customers get their jobs done.

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Those who meet the graduation requirements for ThinkBIG are awarded accredited associates degrees.  At many participating colleges, the hours can be applier or transferred to a four-year degree.

The application process will vary from program to program but in general your application may include:

  • Educational Transcripts
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • Aptitude or Skills Assessment
  • An Educational Partner Interview
  • A Job Interview with Sponsoring Dealer

Find the ThinkBIG Program nearest you and contact them for their specific information.

Most ThinkBIG Programs follow an academic calendar with two 16-week semesters (Fall & Spring).  For example, programs located in the United States often start their fall semesters in the August timeframe.

Find the ThinkBIG Program nearest you and contact them for their specific information.

Hands-on learning is critical to the ThinkBIG Program.  With required internships each semester at a sponsoring dealership, you begin working from the very start of the program.  Upon graduation, nearly all ThinkBIG students with good academic standing and internship work histories are immediately offered full-time jobs.

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Dealer Excellence Educational Partnerships

For over 30 years, Caterpillar and our dealers have been supporting local educational partners through the Dealer Excellence Fund.  This matching grant program supports Career & Technical Education partnerships that focus on the development of service technicians for the many different industries served by Caterpillar and our dealers.  In conjunction with our ThinkBIG programs, our Dealer Excellence Education Partners help assure that our Cat dealers can find highly trained technicians for their workforce.  Find a Dealer Excellence Partner here:

Assiniboine Community College

Brandon, Manitoba, Canada  |  View Site

Partnering Cat Dealerships:
Toromont Cat

Alamo Area Academies

San Antonio, TX  |  View Site

Partnering Cat Dealerships:
Holt Texas

Alexandria Technical
& Community College

Alexandria, MN  |  View Site

Partnering Cat Dealerships:
Ziegler Cat

Broward College

Fort Lauderdale, FL  |  View Site

Partnering Cat Dealerships:
Pantropic Power

Cambrian College

Sudbury, Ontario, Canada  |  View Site

Partnering Cat Dealerships:
Toromont Cat

Cape Fear Community College

Wilmington, NC  |  View Site

Partnering Cat Dealerships:
Gregory Poole

Centennial College

Toronto, Ontario, Canada  |  View Site

Partnering Cat Dealerships:
Toromont Cat

Central Pennsylvania Institute of Science and Technology

Pleasant Gap, PA  |  View Site

Partnering Cat Dealerships:
Cleveland Brothers Equipment

Casper College

Casper, WY  |  View Site

Partnering Cat Dealerships:
Wyoming Machinery

Central Community College

Hastings, NE  |  View Site

Partnering Cat Dealerships:
Nebraska Machinery

Cleburne ISD

Cleburne, TX  |  View Site

Partnering Cat Dealerships:
Holt Texas

College of Western Idaho

Nampa, ID  |  View Site

Partnering Cat Dealerships:
Western States Equipment Co.

Community College
of Aurora

Aurora, CO  |  View Site

Partnering Cat Dealerships:
Wagner Equipment

Connally High School

Waco, TX  |  View Site

Partnering Cat Dealerships:
Holt Texas

Des Moines Community College

Des Moines, IA  |  View Site

Partnering Cat Dealerships:
Ziegler Cat

Dakota County Technical College

Rosemount, MN  |  View Site

Partnering Cat Dealerships:
Ziegler Cat

State Technical College of Missouri

Linn, MO  |  View Site

Partnering Cat Dealerships:
Fabick Cat / Foley Equipment

Gillete Community College

Gillete, WY  |  View Site

Partnering Cat Dealerships:
Wyoming Cat

Dubiski Career High School

Grand Prairie, TX  |  View Site

Partnering Cat Dealerships:
Holt Texas

Iowa Lakes Community College

Estherville, IA  |  View Site

Partnering Cat Dealerships:
Ziegler Cat

Laramie County Community College

Cheyenne, WY  |  View Site

Partnering Cat Dealerships:
Wyoming Cat

Lake Area Technical Institute

Watertown, SD  |  View Site

Partnering Cat Dealerships:
Butler Machinery

Minnesota West Community & Technical College

Canby, MN  |  View Site

Partnering Cat Dealerships:
Ziegler Cat

Montana State University Northern

Havre, MT  |  View Site

Partnering Cat Dealerships:
Tractor & Equipment

NEISD Agriscience Magnet Program

San Antonio, TX  |  View Site

Partnering Cat Dealerships:
Holt Texas

Northern College of Applied Arts and Technology

Timmins, Ontario, Canada  |  View Site

Partnering Cat Dealerships:
Toromont Cat

Northwest Iowa Community College

Sheldon, IA  |  View Site

Partnering Cat Dealerships:
Ziegler Cat

Pennsylvania College of Technology

Williamsport, PA  |  View Site

Partnering Cat Dealerships:
Alban Cat / Cleveland Bros. Equipment / H.O. Penn / Milton

Reedley College

Reedley, CA  |  View Site

Partnering Cat Dealerships:
Quinn Company

Ridgewater College

Willmar, MN  |  View Site

Partnering Cat Dealerships:
Ziegler Cat

Southeast Community College

Lincoln, NE  |  View Site

Partnering Cat Dealerships:
Nebraska Machinery

Southwest High School

San Antonio, TX  |  View Site

Partnering Cat Dealerships:
Holt Texas

Sir Sandford Fleming College of Applied Arts and Technology

Peterborough, Ontario, Canada  |  View Site

Partnering Cat Dealerships:
Toromont Cat

Immokalee Technical College

Immokalee, FL  |  View Site

Partnering Cat Dealerships:
Kelly Tractor

Tidewater Community College

Norfolk, VA  |  View Site

Partnering Cat Dealerships:
Carter Machinery

University of Hawaii – Hawaii Community College

Hilo, HI  |  View Site

Partnering Cat Dealerships:
Hawthorne Machinery

University of Hawaii –Honolulu Community College

Hilo, HI  |  View Site

Partnering Cat Dealerships:
Hawthorne Machinery

Wabash Valley College

Mt. Carmel, IL  |  View Site

Partnering Cat Dealerships:
Fabick Cat

Wake Technical Community College

Raleigh, NC  |  View Site

Partnering Cat Dealerships:
Gregory Poole

 

 

Apprenticeship

An apprenticeship is a great way to jump start your technician career. 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.

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Why set your sights on working for a Cat Dealer?

Caterpillar and Cat dealers have been serving customers for almost 100 years, so technicians can count on the stability and solid business practices of Cat dealerships. With multiple career paths and competitive salary and benefits, Cat dealer technician positions are in high demand.

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TOOLS & RESOURCES 

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

KNOW SOMEONE WHO WOULD BE AN IDEAL DEALER TECHNICIAN?

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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