Associate in Applied Science in Caterpillar Technician Training

Degree Information

Academic Plan

AAS Caterpillar Technician Training

Academic Plan Code




MCCCD Program Detail

Field of Interest

Field of Interest: Applied Technology


Students must earn a grade of "C" or better for all courses required within the program.

The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Caterpillar Technician Training prepares students to use advanced technology to service and repair Caterpillar machines and equipment. Students become skilled 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 to prepare students to work in authorized Caterpillar service facilities.

What You’ll Learn

This program will help you gain the expertise needed to:

  1. Describe the Caterpillar organization and its product line.
  2. Explain basic principles of diesel engines, and identify and describe diesel engine systems, products, and their uses.
  3. Explain basic principles of hydraulics, and demonstrate safety practices used when working with hydraulic systems.
  4. Explain basic principles of fluids, and describe the process of selecting fuel.
  5. Explain basic principles of electricity, including magnetism.
  6. Explain the fundamental principles of heat transfer and air conditioning, and identify air conditioning system components and their functions.
  7. Explain basic principles and components of the power train, including drive systems.
  8. Explain the basic principles of hydraulic systems, electro-hydraulic systems, and hydrostatic systems, and describe the components and operation of 928G and 950G wheel loader implement hydraulic systems.
  9. Apply technical knowledge and skills and develop professional skills in an industry setting.
  10. Identify and describe types of drive systems used in hydraulically driven machines.
  11. Explain and demonstrate the uses of machine electronic systems and diagnostic tooling used to diagnose and repair the complex electrical/electronic systems installed in Caterpillar machines.
  12. Identify and explain the uses of various diagnostic tools in maintaining and repairing engines in Caterpillar equipment.
  13. Explain the use of applied failure analysis and troubleshooting logic in diagnosing problems in Caterpillar machines.
  14. Identify machine controls, locate and identify engine components, hydrostatic components, power train, and hydraulic components of Caterpillar compact construction equipment.
  15. Select and safely perform the appropriate welding operation including oxy-acetylene welding, brazing, cutting, and electric arc-welding.

Required Courses

Required courses
Course #Course TitleCredits
CTT110Introduction to Caterpillar Service Industry3
CTT111Caterpillar Engine Fundamentals4
CTT112Hydraulic Fundamentals3
CTT113Fuel Systems3
CTT114Basic Electrical Fundamentals3
CTT115Air Conditioning Fundamentals3
CTT116Power Trains I3
CTT117Machine Hydraulic Systems3
CTT118Caterpillar Dealer Internship I3
CTT119Caterpillar Dealer Internship II3
CTT200Power Train II3
CTT201Machine Electronics3
CTT202Engine Diagnostics and Repair3
CTT203Machine Diagnostics3
CTT204Machine Specific Systems3
CTT205Caterpillar Dealer Internship III3
CTT206Caterpillar Dealer Internship IV3
GTC129Manufacturing Welding3

General Education Requirements

General education requirements
General Education RequirementCredits: 18-21
General Education CoreCredits: 12-15
First-Year CompositionCredits: 6
ENG101First-Year Composition (3) AND
ENG111Technical and Professional Writing (3)
Oral CommunicationCredits: 3
Any approved general education course in the Oral Communication area
Recommended COM110 Interpersonal Communication3
Critical ReadingCredits: 0-3
CRE101College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking (3) OR
Equivalent as indicated by assessment0-3
MathematicsCredits: 3
GTC108Technical Mathematics II3
General Education DistributionCredits: 6
Humanities and Fine ArtsCredits: 3
Any approved general education course in the Humanities, Arts and Design area
Recommended ENH255 Contemporary U.S. Literature and Film3
Social and Behavioral SciencesCredits: 3
Any approved general education course in the Social-Behavioral Sciences area
Recommended CFS157 Marriage and Family Life3
Natural SciencesCredits: 0

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Major: 3005
First Term: 2018 Summer
Final Term: Current
Award: AAS
Total Credits: 73-76
CIPS code: 47.0302
SOC codes: 49-3042.00, 49-3031.00, 49-9041.00
Initiating College:
Program Availability: - MC
Occupational Area: Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics
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Last Updated: 02/25/2020