Caterpillar Technician

Contact the Program Director

Stephen Skroch

Residential Faculty - Automotive Service


Office: TC 50 - Room: TC229-TC2251

This program is part of the Applied Sciences and Technology Department.

Field of Interest

Field of Interest: Applied Technology
Caterpillar Technician

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.

Caterpillar - ThinkBIG About Your FutureMCC 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.

Associate Degree

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.

A list of available associate degrees offered in the Caterpillar Technician program
Name Type Title Courses
Associate in Applied Science AAS Caterpillar Technician Training

Career Opportunities

Successful completion of a degree within the Caterpillar Technician program may lead to employment in a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are examples of related occupations with associated Maricopa County-based annual median wages*. Some occupations may require additional education or training. You can click on any occupation to view more detail regarding education level, wages, and employment information.

Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine Specialists


Farm Equipment Mechanics and Service Technicians


* Career and wage information provided by Lightcast using data, reports, and forecasts which are generated using government data sources and Lightcast’s proprietary analytical processes. Lightcast’s data covers multiple classes of workers including QCEW, non-QCEW, and those who are self-employed. Disclaimer

Financial Aid

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.


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

  • 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