Diesel ThinkBIG Caterpillar Option

Diesel ThinkBIG Caterpillar

Big opportunities. LATI is partnering with CAT dealerships in a cooperative two-year program called ThinkBIG. As a ThinkBIG student, you will spend approximately half your time on-campus at Lake Area Tech. The remainder of your time will be spent on-the-job training at sponsoring CAT dealerships. You will graduate with an Associate of Applied Science degree in Diesel Technology, and an official Caterpillar endorsement. You will also have the opportunity for full time employment with a CAT dealership.

Our goal is to train you to diagnose, service, and maintain Caterpillar equipment using correct procedures, tools, and service information. You can expect to advance after additional experience, and understand new systems and components as they are introduced.

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The ThinkBIG application is now completely online. For your convenience, follow the link below. On the Butler Cat page, under “Careers” (left side), select job openings. Then select “College Diesel Program” for both Category and Location. You will be guided through an online application process.  

The Caterpillar ThinkBIG option can be completed in five semesters, or nine terms (about eight weeks each).

  • Terms 1,3,5,7, and 9 are completed at LATI.
  •  Terms 2,4,6, and 8 are completed at the dealership

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