Caterpillar Dealer Service Technology
Caterpillar Dealer Service Technology is a two-year technician training program designed to prepare students to become entry-level Caterpillar Dealer Service Technicians for the dealerships that buy, sell, and repair Caterpillar equipment. In this program, you’ll learn how to work on many types of Caterpillar machines and equipment including: agricultural, construction, and earthmoving equipment to name a few.
This program combines classroom work in state-of-the-art labs with real-world experience through internships. In class, you’ll learn about engine fundamentals, machine hydraulics, Caterpillar fuel systems, machine electrical systems, transmissions and torque converters, undercarriage/final drives and more. You’ll also serve four paid eight-week internships at your sponsoring Caterpillar dealership to experience your future career first-hand.
How We Began
The Caterpillar Dealer Service Technology Program (also known as ThinkBIG™) began in May 1998 as a joint venture between Caterpillar, Inc. and Illinois Central College to develop a new pilot program to meet the growing need for technicians in the heavy equipment industry. The primary focus of this new program was to train young men and women on a Caterpillar product line that would provide the program’s partner dealers with a high quality technician. In 1998, ICC partnered with Altorfer with dealer locations in Illinois, Iowa, and Missouri and Patten Industries Inc. (now Altorfer Industries) located in Illinois and Indiana. Since that time, we have added Boyd Cat with locations in Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, and West Virginia.
We moved into a new state-of-the-art training center built on the ICC campus in June 1999. Since that first class of 11 students, the program has graduated over 330 students. The success of this program is underscored by the strong support it receives from our partner dealers, ICC, and Caterpillar. This support insures our faculty and staff are able to provide our students with the highest quality education available and our partner dealers with quality technicians that help meet their ever increasing needs.
Admission to Program
The application deadline for consideration is February 1st. All applicants to the program after the deadline will be considered for the next academic year. To be considered, each candidate must:
- Complete and return the application materials you’ll receive in the mail and send us an official copy of your high school transcript. Send items to:
Illinois Central College
ATTN: Cat Dealer Service Technology
1 College Drive, TT 101
East Peoria, IL 61635-0001
- Schedule a “Big Look” informational tour of the Caterpillar program and take the Accuplacer Placement Test and pre-application testing as needed. (We will schedule the test and tour on the same day.)
- Be accepted for sponsorship by a supporting Caterpillar dealership by applying to the Caterpillar dealership and passing an interview, physical and drug test.
To request an informational packet please call (309) 694-5716 or email [email protected].
Put yourself in the driverseat of a rewarding and exciting career. Think Big about becoming a Caterpillar Dealer Service Technician. You’ll work on some of the biggest, hardest-working machines in the world.
As a graduate of this program, you will become a highly skilled member of the Caterpillar Dealer Service family. You will have great benefits, flexible hours, and job security. You will also become a respected professional in the Caterpillar Dealer Service industry.
There are many job opportunities available to you as a Caterpillar Dealer Service Technician such as:
- Shop technician
- Specialized technician
- Special projects technician
- Lead shop technician
- Field technician
- Supervisor or manager within the Caterpillar dealership
- Customer service representatives
The heavy equipment industry pays well, and Caterpillar dealerships lead the way in offering great salaries. Your starting pay can be $25,000 to $40,000 a year.
Think Big!… If Big machines, Big opportunities, and Big benefits interest you then Think Big about your future at Illinois Central College’s Caterpillar Dealer Service Technician Training Program.
Want to know more about this program or any of ICC’s AIT programs?
ICC’s Caterpillar Dealer Service Technology program wouldn’t exist without the support of Caterpillar Dealerships. As a student of this program, you will spend four 8-week paid internships at your sponsoring dealership. Dealership sponsorship is crucial to this program and to the hands-on training effort.
The supporting dealership/internship sites are as follows:
East Dundee, Illinois
East Peoria, Illinois
Bowling Green, Kentucky
Beckley, West Virginia
Belle, West Virginia
Nitro, West Virginia
Parkersburg, West Virginia
Other Partnerships: ThinkBIG™, Caterpillar
Admission to the Program:
To be considered for the program, each candidate must take the Illinois Central College academic placement test and mechanical reasoning test to determine appropriate class placement. Students must provide their own tools for use throughout the course of study.
Associate in Applied Science (Career Program)
Total Credit Hours: 69
Select a course number below to see a course description.
Required General Education Courses
|ENGL 110||COMPOSITION I ||3|
|COMM 110||INTRODUCTION TO COMMUNICATION: PRESENTATION AND THEORY ||3|
|SOCIAL SCIENCE *||3|
|APPROVED MATHEMATICS **||3|
|CATTK 110||CATERPILLAR ENGINE FUNDAMENTALS ||4|
Required Program Courses
|CATTK 111||INTRODUCTION TO CATERPILLAR SERVICE INDUSTRY ||2|
|CATTK 112||FUNDAMENTALS OF HYDRAULICS ||3|
|CATTK 113||CATERPILLAR ENGINE FUEL SYSTEMS ||3|
|CATTK 114||FUNDAMENTALS OF ELECTRICAL SYSTEMS ||3|
|CATTK 115||AIR CONDITIONING ||2|
|CATTK 116||FUNDAMENTALS OF TRANSMISSIONS & TORQUE CONVERTERS ||3|
|CATTK 117||MACHINE HYDRAULIC SYSTEMS ||3|
|CATTK 150||INTERNSHIP I ||4|
|CATTK 151||INTERNSHIP II ||4|
|CATTK 200||UNDERCARRIAGE/FINAL DRIVES ||3|
|CATTK 201||MACHINE ELECTRONIC SYSTEMS ||3|
|CATTK 202||CATERPILLAR ENGINE PERFORMANCE ||2|
|CATTK 203||DIAGNOSTIC TESTING ||1|
|CATTK 204||MACHINE SPECIFIC SYSTEMS ||4|
|CATTK 250||INTERNSHIP III ||4|
|CATTK 251||INTERNSHIP IV ||4|
|WELD 120||WELDING ||2|
* See specific requirements for Associate in Applied Science Degree
** Approved mathematics: AGBUS 118, BUS 120, MATH 110 or higher
Each semester consists of eight weeks of technical classroom study and a required eight week dealer sponsored internship work experience. Upon graduation the student will have earned an Associate in Applied Science degree.
Recommended Course Sequence
|Fall Semester 1||CATTK 110; CATTK 111; WELD 120; CATTK 150; ENGL 110|
|Spring Semester 1||CATTK 112; CATTK 113; CATTK 114; CATTK 151; Approved Mathematics|
|Summer Semester||CATTK 115; CATTK 116; CATTK 117|
|Fall Semester 2||CATTK 200; CATTK 201; CATTK 250; COMM 110; Humanities|
|Spring Semester 2||CATTK 202; CATTK 203; CATTK 204; CATTK 251; Social Science|
Program Contact Information
Agricultural and Industrial Technologies
East Peoria Campus, AIT Building, Room 209
Illinois Career Cluster
Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics
Facility and Mobile Equipment Maintenance
Pathway programs at ICC have a map that shows the courses/degree requirements that will lead students to their desired education and employment goals.
Transportation, Distribution & Logistics If you are a high school junior or senior, you can get a head start on your future by taking college-level courses now! Visit our Dual Credit webpage for a listing of area high schools with courses available Composition I (ENGL 110) | Humanities | Introduction to Communication (COMM 110) | Mathematics | Social Science Caterpillar Dealer Service Technology
(69 credit hours) AED Foundation Certification Automotive, Service Excellence Certification Heavy vehicle and mobile equipment service technicians
$$24/hr Program transfer Transfer agreements formalize the transfer process from ICC to other colleges and universities. For additional transfer information, including information on transfer partnerships and transfer guides:
Pathway: Facility and Mobile Equipment Maintenance
ICC Pathway: Diesel
Associate of Applied Science Degree
OCCUPATION BACHELOR DEGREE TRANSFER OPTIONS
CAREER CLUSTER BACHELOR DEGREE TRANSFER OPTIONS
guides layout coursework to be taken at ICC and the transfer institution to complete specific programs of study or majors.
GENERAL BACHELOR DEGREE TRANSFER OPTIONS
If you are a high school junior or senior, you can get a head start on your future by taking college-level courses now! Visit our Dual Credit webpage for a listing of area high schools with courses available
Composition I (ENGL 110) | Humanities | Introduction to Communication (COMM 110) | Mathematics | Social Science
Caterpillar Dealer Service Technology (69 credit hours)
AED Foundation Certification Automotive, Service Excellence Certification
Heavy vehicle and mobile equipment service technicians $$24/hr
Transfer agreements formalize the transfer process from ICC to other colleges and universities. For additional transfer information, including information on transfer partnerships and transfer guides: