ThinkBIG | Your Future Career Starts Now

Hawthorne Cat's ThinkBIG apprenticeship program teaches you 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 in state-of-the-art labs, so students see technologies in real-world appliations. This program is a terrific opportunity for personal growth and a rewarding, lifelong career.

The two-year program combines a college-level course with on-the-job training with Hawthorne Cat. During the first two years of the program, students spend about half their time (8-week periods) at San Joaquin Delta College, located in Stockton, California, in technical and academic course work. The remaining time is spent at our Rancho Bernardo headquarters located in San Diego, CA in a paid on-the-job training. 

When an Associate Degree in Applied Science is completed, apprentices are employed full-time as dealer technicians for an additional two years, completing their OJT requirements for the journey-level certificate.

As a ThinkBIG participant, you are an "official" Hawthorne Cat employee eligible for benefits. 

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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.

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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

Susie Feirich
Human Resources Coordinator
858.674.7023 office