Caterpillar Associates in Diesel Technology Program (Think Big)
 Fort Wayne, IN


The Caterpillar Think BIG Program is a sponsored education program to grow future Caterpillar Mechanics. The program is provided in partnership with MacAllister Machinery, Owens Community College in Ohio, and Caterpillar Inc. The successful student will complete a 2 year Associates Degree in Caterpillar Dealer Technician/Diesel Technician Program, as well as multiple paid internships, ultimately graduating with little to no debt depending on grades attained.


As a Think BIG student, you will:

  • Spend 8 weeks in school, learning both theory and hands on courses in becoming a Caterpillar Dealership Technician
  • Spend the next 8 weeks at your local Caterpillar Dealer, doing a paid internship, putting theory that you've learned to real world situations
  • Overall the course will take 2 years to complete

The course will take you through a variety of different tasks, included but not limited to:

  • Electronics
  • Diagnostics
  • Engines and Transmissions
  • Hydraulics
  • General Education such as Mathematics, that supports the program

The program will reimburse you for your per semester schooling cost, dependent on your grades throughout that semester. A student who takes the program seriously and makes an effort to succeed in both school and at the work place will be ultimately rewarded with:

  • An Associates in Diesel Technology
  • Zero, or close to zero Student Debts
  • A successful career as a Caterpillar Dealer Technician

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In order to qualify for the Think BIG Program:

Must have a minimum GPA of 2.5 or higher Must have a high school diploma or equivalent

As part of the application process you must:

Complete this online application Send a Portfolio to that includes:

  • 300 Word statement of career goals
  • Three (3) Reference Letters from Teachers, Counselors, or former employers
  • Clear record of your attendance in your final year of school
  • Results from Accuplacer Test or ACT (Accuplacer can be administered through Community Colleges, ACT information can be found here)

Complete a Mechanical Aptitude Test (MacAllister will administer this test)

Deadline for Portfolio Submissions are February 15.

MacAllister Machinery is excited to embark on a journey to build your career as a Caterpillar Dealer Technician!

The duties and responsibilities described here are not a comprehensive list, and the scope of the job may change as necessitated by business demands.

MacAllister Machinery Co Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EEO)