Dealer Service Technology – ThinkBIG

Rock Creek Bldg 2, Rm 230 | 971-722-7603 | Faculty Chair: Sam Minnema

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.

Our program

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.

  1. CAT Dealer Logo, NC Machinery

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

  2. CAT Dealer Logo, Tractor and equipment co.

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

  3. CAT Dealer Logo, Western States

    Boise, IDWestern States Equipment | contact: Toby Miller, 208-947-4576

  4. CAT Dealer Logo, Peterson Machinery Co.

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

  5. CAT Dealer Logo, NC Machinery Seattle

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

What's Next?

Dealer Service Tech - Think Big program flag
  1. Complete the steps for new students
    • The admissions form will ask you what you plan to study. Since this is a restricted entry program, you should choose Associate of General Studies for now. Your major will be changed once you've applied and been accepted into the program.
  2. Plan how you'll pay for college
  3. Complete the ThinkBIG program application