ThinkBIG – Internship Program

Make a Career out of Doing What You Love

If you’re a student looking for a career as a heavy equipment Grouptechnician but not sure where to start, Altorfer can help! We offer facility tours and job shadowing opportunities for students who are interested in a career as a technician but not 100% sure.

We partner with Illinois Central College (ICC) in East Peoria, IL. ICC is home to the first Caterpillar Dealer Service Technology Program and through this program students will earn an Associates in Applied Science Degree. With the help of ICC, Altorfer selects a handful of students to sponsor through their two-year program offering four paid eight-week internships at our shops and long-term employment. We also offer sponsored students paid uniforms, a safety account and financing through payroll deductible with no interest on their basic tools.

ICC Caterpillar Technician Program Overview

What’s the program?ICC.building_yard

The Caterpillar Dealer Service Technology Program prepares you to become an entry-level service technician at a Caterpillar dealership. You’ll earn an Associate Degree in Applied Science, which is transferable to a four-year college/university. At the same time, you’ll learn the hands-on skills you’ll need to be successful as soon as you graduate. Because a Caterpillar dealership sponsors you in our program, as a direct result you’ll already be linked to a potential employer.

How do you get in?

  • Fill out and return the interest form or contact the Caterpillar Dealer Service Technology Program at Illinois Central College by phone: (309) 694-5716 or email:
  • Receive information packet. Complete and submit all required application material by February 1.
  • Attend an informational tour and take the Illinois Central College placement test and Mechanical Reasoning Test. (We’ll schedule the tests for you during your visit.)
  • Be accepted for sponsorship by one of the Caterpillar dealerships supporting this program.

What’s the program like?

The Caterpillar Dealer Service Technology Program combines classroom work in state-of-the-art labs with real-world experience through internships. In class, you’ll learn about engine fundamentals, machine hydraulics, Caterpillar fuel systems, machine electrical systems, transmissions and torque converters, undercarriage/final drives, and more. You’ll also serve four paid eight-week internships at your sponsoring Caterpillar dealership to experience your future career firsthand. When you complete the program, you earn an Associate in Applied Science Degree from Illinois Central College that is transferable to a four-year college or university.

What’s the future in Caterpillar Dealer Service Technology?

Caterpillar Dealer Service Technicians are in demand and the need is growing greater every year. You can expect to earn excellent pay, have stable employment, and receive one of the industry’s best benefit packages. Caterpillar is the worldwide leader in heavy equipment manufacturing and development. There are big opportunities for job advancement within the dealerships too! You can advance into such fields as:

  • Shop Technician
  • Specialized Technician
  • Special Projects Technician
  • Lead Shop Technician
  • Field Technician
  • Supervisor or Manager with the Caterpillar Dealership

Students in the Caterpillar Dealer Service Technology Program…

  • Listen well and communicate clearly
  • Can solve problems
  • Are willing to learn
  • Take pride in their work
  • Like active and physical work
  • Are team players
  • Want a challenge