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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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Focus on the Work is Rewarded

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“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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Technicians Protect Customers’ Business

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“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

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“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

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“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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Financial Rewards Faster than a Four-year Degree

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“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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Get Connected To A Dealer To Learn More About Thinkbig

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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:

List of Dealer Excellence Partners

 

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

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KNOW SOMEONE WHO WOULD BE AN IDEAL DEALER TECHNICIAN?

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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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