Mackenzie Engineering Intern

Meet Mackenzie, Engineering Intern

Joined Caterpillar in 2010 - Corporate Intern Program

Iowa State University junior majoring in Mechanical Engineering and Spanish

1. Why did you pick Iowa State University?
During my senior year in high school, I did an overnight visit through the Society of Women Engineers to see if Iowa State and Engineering is where I belonged. I loved it. The campus is so wide open, the students are so friendly and don't even get me started on the countless ways to get involved in leadership, clubs and job opportunities - they have it all.

2. Why did you select Caterpillar as an employer?
I am all about the customer service, leadership and was looking to get more engineering experience. I stopped by Caterpillar's booth at a career fair to talk with the one company I was the most familiar with, or so I thought. Just talking to the recruiter and later the interviewers, I realized Caterpillar was about so much more than construction equipment. I saw a Caterpillar internship as an opportunity to expand my roots, get outside my comfort zone and see just what it meant to work for a large company determined to put customers first.

3. What was the highlight of your Caterpillar experience so far?
I have been able to tackle problem solving, become an integral member of the group and learn about cross cultural business practices. My greatest accomplishment is learning the Caterpillar product line. Before coming to Caterpillar I couldn't tell the difference between a motor grader and a wheel loader.

4. What is a typical workday like for you?
My typical work day starts with the daily check of the email, followed by data input, meetings and the occasional trip to a nearby Caterpillar facility, but that is just the surface. During my day I tackle problems, find solutions, and get to build personal relationships with my co-workers. I am constantly on the lookout for projects to do and am open to learning anything anyone will teach me. Each day is a new adventure.

5. What do you like about living in Peoria, Illinois?
The people are so friendly and welcoming that I have no problem striking up conversations with folks. There is also so much to do in Peoria, whether it is volunteering on the weekends, keeping up with my training schedule at the YMCA, or going to see a movie, Peoria has so much to offer people with different interests.

6. What are you looking forward to about working for Caterpillar in the long-term?
I am looking forward to coming back to Caterpillar because of all the different opportunities that are available such as traveling to work with suppliers, dealers and distribution centers, different rotational programs and the numerous positions you can move into within one company. I think it is a huge testament to Caterpillar that many employees who I have met have racked up 25+ years with the company, meaning, to work at Caterpillar means you are a satisfied employee.

7. What would you say to someone considering employment with Caterpillar?
Definitely do it. Caterpillar allows you a look into all different kinds of positions, not just within your field, but in every aspect of the company. If there is anything I will take away from this opportunity, it is how much Caterpillar cares about its customers and employees. You won't find any other company (in my opinion) who puts this much effort into being a champion for the customer and also for their employees.

“Caterpillar cares about its customers and employees.”