Dealer Service Technology - ThinkBIG

Rock Creek Bldg 2, Rm 230 | 971-722-7465 | Faculty Chair: Ish Rivas

Think BIG

This program is a partnership between Portland Community College and the partnering CAT dealerships in the Northwest. It is an industry specific two-year  associates degree program with required on-the-job training/internships at your sponsoring Caterpillar dealership. It is designed to prepare individuals to become qualified Caterpillar service technicians.

Students will learn how to work on many types of Caterpillar equipment including agricultural, construction, forestry, and earthmoving equipment. The Dealer Service Technology Program combines technical and academic education with real world experience through paid on -the-job training.

Two year Degree

During the 24 month program, students will learn about engine fundamentals, machine hydraulics, fuel systems, electrical systems, transmissions and torque converters, undercarriage, final drives and more. During the paid on-the-job/internships at the sponsoring Caterpillar dealership, students will have the opportunity to experience future careers firsthand through on-the-job training. On completion of the program, students will earn an Associated Degree of Applied Science from Portland Community College.

See all required courses.

Dealership Locations

Participating dealers are located across the northwest with services in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, Oregon, Washington, and Wyoming. View the extended map of all locations for further details.

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    Anchorage, AKNC Machinery | contact: Kay Siira, 1-800-433-9120

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    Billings, MT Tractor and Equipment Co. | contact: Geri Kinsfather, 406-651-8312 or Mobile 406-670-2150.

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    Boise, IDWestern States Machinery | contact: Cameron Pickett, 208-884-2233

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    Eugene and Portland, ORPeterson Machinery Co. | contact: Mace Gjerman, 541-302-9199

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    Seattle, WANC Machinery | contact: Misti Wall, 1-800-562-4735

What's Next?

  1. Apply for admission to PCC.
  2. Create a MyPCC account.
  3. Take the college placement test.
    • ThinkBIG Students must meet minimum entry requirements of placement into MTH 60, WR 115, RD 115 to continue program entry.
    Fax your test scores to:
    • Gratia Minor, Learning Skills Specialist/Academic Advisor
    • Fax: 971-722-7887
    • Please include your G number.
  4. Take the online orientation.
  5. Complete the ThinkBIG program application.

Course of Study

Profiles

Employment prospects

Not everyone can handle a job this big. As a Caterpillar Dealer Service Technician, you'll be an educated, skilled professional ready for a challenge.

This is not a desk job. You'll get physical with big, tough, high-tech machines. You'll be part of the team Cat® dealers and customers count on. You'll be the expert- the technician who diagnoses equipment problems, finds solutions, and performs the necessary service or repairs.