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Caterpillar Dealer Service Technician Program

ThinkBIG® about your future! Jump-start a great career with Cat equipment. The Caterpillar Dealer Service Technician Program is a terrific opportunity for personal growth and a rewarding, lifelong career. This four-year, state and federally approved apprenticeship program is based exclusively on Caterpillar equipment training through the Heavy Equipment and Diesel Technology Department at San Joaquin Delta College (SJDC). You’ll learn about engine fundamentals, machine hydraulics, fuel systems, electrical systems, power trains and more.

The two-year program combines a college level course with on-the-job training at a Caterpillar dealer.  During the first two years of the program, students spend about half their time (five 9-week periods) at San Joaquin Delta College, located in Stockton, California, in technical and academic course work. The remaining time (four 10-12 week internships) is spent at sponsoring dealer work sites in paid on-the-job training (OJT).

Specific objectives have been developed so that each internship period is closely aligned with educational courses to reinforce learning in real-world situations. When the A.S. degree is completed, apprentices are employed full-time as dealer technicians for an additional two years, completing their OJT requirements for the journey-level certificate.

After your training, not only will you have a great understanding of the machinery, you will also have earned an Associate of Science degree.

Gene Mendes, Hawthorne Cat EPG Service Technician, prides himself on his work and the integral role he plays in the Hawaiian community. In the video, Gene explains what he enjoys most about being a Cat Dealer Technician.

With ThinkBIG, I made more than a career choice. I found a choice career. The rewards are great – team atmosphere, good pay and interesting engine work in the shop.
Tyler Rome
Hawthorne Cat Technician

Paul Kessel
General Service Manager
858.674.7049 office
858.583.6336 mobile