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This program is part of the Applied Sciences and Technology Department.
Interested in a great career working on diesel-powered vehicles and engines? Begin earning an Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Caterpillar Technician Training at Mesa Community College and, in less than two years, you could be working an in-demand job for the legendary big equipment company as a fully credentialed Caterpillar Dealer Service Technician.
MCC is the only Arizona college partnering in the ThinkBIG training program with Caterpillar and local CAT dealer Empire Southwest. Through hands-on training and internships, you’ll study how to use advanced technology to service and repair Caterpillar machines and equipment. Gain knowledge in electronically-controlled engines, sophisticated computer-based diagnosis and state-of-the-art hydraulics and transmissions, as well as other high-demand skills. The program combines general education curriculum, specialized technological coursework and practical experience.
MCC’s associate degrees enhance your resume and prepare you to enter the workforce with an advantage. Whether you are interested in simply completing basic, required college courses or specializing in a specific area, there’s a degree for you.
|Associate in Applied Science||AAS||Caterpillar Technician Training||Course List|
The Caterpillar Technician program can lead to a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are a sampling of some of the possible positions and Arizona-based salaries related to this program.
|Occupation / Title||Annual Median Wage|
|Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine Specialists||$43,380|
|Industrial Machinery Mechanics||$49,280|
|Mobile Heavy Equipment Mechanics, Except Engines||$50,160|
|Salary information comes from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Program. Updated May 2017.|
You can get a high-quality, affordable education. MCC’s low tuition rates and various financial aid opportunities make it possible. Explore federal and state grants, Federal Work-Study, scholarships, student loans, and other options today.
How to Get Started
This is a partnership program. You will be an MCC student AND a Student Caterpillar Technician in the ThinkBIG program at Empire Southwest.
First, enroll in MCC and take placement tests to discover the classes in which you are best able to succeed. There is no cost for enrolling in the college or taking the tests. You pay only when you register for classes.
- Enroll at mesacc.edu/enroll/welcome
- Your degree is AA Caterpillar Technician Training/Academic Plan Code 3005
- Apply for admission to the college
- Apply for financial aid by completing the FAFSA – mesacc.edu/financial-aid/apply
- Set up your student email
- Take placement tests in math, reading and writing - required to interview at Empire Southwest
Apply for the ThinkBIG program, admission is competitive. Applications are taken between January and March, interviews are held in April and May with classes starting in the fall semester (August). MCC can help prepare you to qualify for the ThinkBIG program with general education courses as well as automotive and welding classes. For more information, contact the MCC program director at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Go to the Empire Southwest ThinkBIG job page January through March
- Follow the application steps
- Attend informational meetings
- If you are not accepted immediately, pursue related industry employment and additional education at MCC and reapply