THE WILL TO WIN… NO MATTER THE OBSTACLES
Caterpillar’s latest trial celebrates the amazing work technicians do and gives them the chance to show off their skills! Technicians work in a fast-paced environment and Tech Test combines that with exciting challenges to test their skill and endurance.
The Tech Test course consists of four challenges:
- The Cat Can Test is a 3D puzzle we designed; an over-sized version of the one that some dealerships use to gauge mechanical aptitude.
- Next, we test their desire to learn, where they’ll match Cat engines to specific applications.
- From there, they’ll hit the troubleshooting challenge, testing their knowledge of Cat services.
- Then they show computer skills, where they use the Cat App to pull a Cat parts order.
And finally they’ll finish with a safety mindset as they safely deliver parts to a job site. We are cheering on our technician, Brandon!
What do you do at Altorfer?
I’m currently a shop technician intern going through my second year through the ThinkBIG program.
What is the ThinkBIG program?
It’s a two-year program for future machine technicians. We do eight weeks of schoolwork at Illinois Central College in East Peoria and then apply it with an eight-week internship at the dealership where we work in the shop. When I graduate, I’ll have my Associate Degree in Applied science.
How did you learn about Altorfer?
My grandpa worked here for 36 years and retired. He was a transmission specialist. My dad is a technician who’s worked here for over 20 years. Cat’s been my whole life. After I graduate the ThinkBIG program, I’ll work full-time at Hannibal and be the third generation that works here. I’ve been around Cat ever since I was little. I love the brand and everything about it.
How did you learn about the ThinkBIG program?
I applied two years ago to be a yard facilitator. But in my interview, they convinced me to pursue my dreams of being a technician and working on the equipment. After I toured the school and learned about the ThinkBIG program, I was really impressed with it and I felt like it was right for me. I’m really happy with it and the amount I’ve learned is great.
What advice do you have for future technicians?
Always be willing to learn and dedicate yourself to hard work. If you have a question, always ask because you’ll get the help you need.
CAT TRIAL 10: TECH TEST- WEBISODE 1
BEHIND THE SCENES FOOTAGE
It took some time creating Cat Trial 10: Test Test. Watch the TIME LAPSE to watch the course set up!
Check out the THE CONCEPT & BUILD video and learn how the Cat Trial 10: Tech Test idea got started!
Be sure to watch THE COURSE video for more insights on the obstacle course. You don’t want to miss this!
MAKE A CAREER OUT OF DOING WHAT YOU LOVE
Calling all students and career changers interested in learning an exciting new trade while putting themselves on the path to an advanced career. If you’re a student looking for a career as a heavy equipment technician but not sure where to start, Altorfer can help! Contact us for more information on our ThinkBig Student Program.
LEARN MORE ABOUT THE CAT TRIALS
Connect with us on our Altorfer social media accounts. Throughout the month, we’ll be releasing Trial 10 footage! Click here for more information on Trial #10, to view previous Cat trials, to purchase merchandise, and more!