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MacAllister Caterpillar ThinkBIG Program - Associates Degree Sponsorship in Fort Wayne, Indiana

The Caterpillar Think BIG Program is a sponsored education program to grow future Caterpillar Mechanics. The program is provided in partnership with MacAllister Machinery, Owens Community College in Ohio, and Caterpillar Inc. The successful student will complete a 2 year Associate Degree in Caterpillar Dealer Technician/Diesel Technician Program, as well as multiple paid internships, ultimately graduating with little to no debt depending on grades attained.

As a Think BIG student, you will:

  • Spend 8 weeks in school, learning theory and taking hands on courses in becoming a Caterpillar Dealership Technician

  • Spend the next 8 weeks at your local Caterpillar Dealer, doing a paid internship, putting theory that you've learned to real world situations

  • Overall the course will take 2 years to complete

The course will take you through a variety of different tasks, including but not limited to:

  • Electronics

  • Diagnostics

  • Engines and Transmissions

  • Hydraulics

  • General Education, such as Mathematics, that supports the program

The program will reimburse you for your per semester schooling cost, depending on your grades throughout that semester. A student who takes the program seriously and makes an effort to succeed in both school and at the work place will be ultimately rewarded with:

  • An Associate Degree in Diesel Technology

  • No Student Debts

  • A successful career as a Caterpillar Dealer Technician

For more detailed information visit:

MacAllister Think Big Website:

Caterpillar Think Big Website:

Owens Community College:

In order to qualify for the Think BIG Program:

  • Must have a minimum GPA of 2.5 or higher

  • Must have a high school diploma or equivalent

As part of the application process you must:

  • Complete this online application

  • Send a Portfolio to that includes:

  • 300 Word statement of career goals

  • Three (3) Reference Letters from Teachers, Counselors, or former employers

  • Clear record of your attendance in your final year of school

  • Results from Accuplacer Test or ACT (Accuplacer can be administered through Community Colleges, ACT information can be found here)

  • Complete a Mechanical Aptitude Test (MacAllister will administer this test)

Deadline for Portfolio Submissions are March 30th

MacAllister Machinery is excited to embark on a journey to build your career as a Caterpillar Dealer Technician!

The duties and responsibilities described here are not a comprehensive list, and the scope of the job may change as necessitated by business demands.

MacAllister Machinery Co Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EEO)

Job ID: 2020-3730

Shift: 1st

External Company Name: MacAllister Machinery Co., Inc.

External Company URL:

Street: 2500 West Coliseum Blvd