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.
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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.
- Apply for admission to PCC.
- Take the online PCC New Student Orientation.
- 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.
- Ish Rivas, Faculty Department Chair
- Fax: 971-722-7887
- Please include your G number.
- Complete the ThinkBIG program application.