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Young Technician in front of Engine

Imagine Yourself as a Dealer Technician

 

Set Your Sights On A High Tech Opportunity

You might be surprised to learn that Caterpillar technology includes remote control trucks, dozers and excavators. Or that technicians on the job today use laptops and simulators to help solve customer problems in the shop and in the field. Best of all, you might be a future part of our team! Cat offers you choices for learning—hands-on, high tech experiences on some of the largest mining and construction equipment in the world. 

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Caterpillar helps build Careers at Local High School
Carolina Cat Technician Careers
Spark101.org free learning…bringing autonomous trucks to classroom

Check Your Caterpillar IQ

Most of us think about Caterpillar as a company that builds big yellow machines that help people build the world. But the Caterpillar brand has played a part in many other places. Take the quiz and see how much you know!

15 million pounds

(or approximately 1 million vacuum cleaners)

Welder
Welder

165 independent dealers 

The largest dealer network in the world.

Woman at Desk
Woman at Desk

400 tons 

(or approximately 1200 grand pianos)

Cat 797 Mining Trucks
Cat 797 Mining Trucks

True

Cat engines were used to power communications between Houston and the worldwide tracking stations that enabled Apollo 11 to land safely on the moon.

Newspaper Clipping
Newspaper Clipping

180,000

Cat Factory
Cat Factory

Caterpillar in the Movies Trivia

James Bond: Skyfall

Excavator on Train
Excavator on Train

A D9 dozer

D9 Dozer
D9 Dozer

Hellfighters

A true story about a man who fought oil rig fires.

Vintage D7 Dozer with John Wayne
Vintage D7 Dozer with John Wayne
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In 2017, Transformers: The Last Knight was released. The trailer previewed: “Humans are at war with the Transformers, and Optimus Prime is gone. The key to saving the future lies buried in the secrets of the past and the hidden history of Transformers on Earth.” And, when it comes to earthmoving, it’s no surprise that Caterpillar made a cameo appearance as Trench (a Cat 320 Excavator) who fights for the Autobots.

Cat Transformer

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.

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.”

Technician Working On Machine Parts
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

Two Technicians Working Together
Two Technicians Working Together

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

Cat Technician
Cat Technician

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

Technician Working On Machine Parts
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

Cat Technician
Cat Technician

Choose The Training That Works For You

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

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Two Working Technicians

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.

Find ThinkBIG programs
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Group of Apprentices

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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Instructor Talking to a Technician

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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Man working on machine parts

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.

See Courses

Caterpillar Supports Science, Technology Engineering And Math (STEM)

STEM activities are an amazing way to build your experience and explore what you like to learn, not what you have to learn. Because much of what Caterpillar does requires the application of STEM subjects, Caterpillar takes an active role in supporting camps and competitions.

4G: Gadgets, Games, Girls and GENIUS Event

Peoria-area Reman, Components & Work Tools Division employees worked together to host an event that invited middle school girls to learn about exciting careers at Caterpillar. 

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Young Technician in Front of Dozer
Young Technician in Front of Dozer

Partner with FIRST

FIRST (for inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) competitions are technology-based and include Tech Challenges and the Lego League. Since 2005, Caterpillar has supported over 200 FIRST teams around the world.

Full Article
Young Man Looking at Computer
Young Man Looking at Computer

Caterpillar Supports Organizations That Build Leadership Skills

Caterpillar and Cat dealers have a strong need for employees with hands-on experience. Agriculture associations are among those that teach project skills, business and leadership.

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Girl in front of cows

Work With Cutting Edge Technology & World Class Machines

 

Caterpillar is the world’s largest manufacturer of heavy equipment and is proud to work with the Cat dealer network to support it. Cat equipment helps build and improve the world we all live and work in. This hardworking brand also knows that people who work hard, play hard. Watch these Cat trials videos and see just how much Caterpillar can deliver to the world.

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Dominoes

Cat Merchandise

Check out available merchandise featuring your favorite Cat products. Anything from shirts, hats, coolers and water bottles for any occasion are great ways to show off your favorite brand.

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Cat Merchandise
Cat Merchandise

TOOLS & RESOURCES 

Get Ready to Reach your Goals

Jumpstart your job hunt with these Application and Resume Tips

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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Man on work site