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CAT DEALER SERVICE TECHNICIAN

The purpose and objective of the CAT Dealer Service Technician Program is to prepare candidates for entry level positions in Caterpillar dealerships as service technicians. Students who complete the program will have the appropriate skills in Caterpillar products, systems, and technologies to assure their success as a Dealer Service Technician.

The Dealer Support Department of Caterpillar developed the Dealer Service Technician Program. The program requires a partnership between Caterpillar, Caterpillar Dealers, and selected colleges. The program also requires a commitment by all three partners to assure program success. Caterpillar retains ownership of all curriculum materials and determines where and how these materials will be used.

The CAT Dealer Service Technician Program is a two-year program culminating in an Associate of Applied Science degree. The CAT Dealer Service Technician curriculum consists of five semesters and operates on an eight-week block pattern. Typically, a college semester is 16- weeks long. However, the CAT Dealer Service Technician program breaks each semester into eight-week blocks. The first eight-weeks are spent in the classroom and laboratory, followed by eight-weeks of paid internship. The summer between the two years, the student is required to complete general education courses required of all Associate of Applied Science degree candidates. The curriculum is dedicated as Caterpillar specific and is differentiated from other industry-wide programs offered at the college. The paid internships allow the student to quickly apply what they have learned in the classroom while earning money to pay for the incidental fees, books, and tools required by the program. Financial aid is also available.

Caterpillar
Dealer Service Technician Program
Curriculu
m Course Sequence

Semester One
Credits Course Weeks 1st or 2nd
4
CAT 110 Cat Engine Fundamental
8
1st 
2
CAT 111 Intro Cat. Service Industry
8
1st
3
CPP 101 Introduction to Microcomputer Usage
8
1st
2
WLD 120 Welding
8
1st
4
CAT 150 Internship #1
8
2nd
15
     
     
Semester Two
Credits Course Weeks 1st or 2nd
3
CAT 112 Fundamentals of Hydraulics
8
1st 
3
CAT 113 CAT Engine Fuel Systems
8
1st
3
CAT 114 Fundamentals of Electrical Systems
8
1st
3
MAT 050 Introductory Algebra w/Lab (if required)
8
1st
4
CAT 151 Internship # 2
8
2nd
16
 
 
Semester Three
Credits Course
Weeks
1st or 2nd
3
COM 101 English Composition
8
1st
3
MAT 070 Intermediate Algebra w/lab (if required)
8
1st
2
CAT 115 Air Conditioning
8
1st
3
CAT 116 Fund. Transmissions/Torque Converters
8
2nd
3
CAT 117 Machine Hydraulic Systems
8
1st
3
MAT 115 College Algebra
8
2nd
1
BUS 125
8
1st/2nd
18
 
 
Semester Four
Credits Course
Weeks
1st or 2nd
4
CAT 250 Internship #3
8
1st
3
CAT 200 U/C and Final Drive
8
2nd
3
CAT 201 Machine Electronic Systems
8
2nd
2
CAT 202 Cat Engine Performance
8
2nd
4
PHY 101 College Physics
8
2nd
16
 
 
Semester Five
Credits Course
Weeks
1st or 2nd
4
CAT 251 Internship #4
8
1st
2
CAT 203 Diagnostic Testing
8
2nd
4
CAT 204 Machine Specific Systems
8
2nd
3
PSC 101 American Government
8
2nd
3
COM 111 Oral Communications
8
2nd
16
 
Total Program Credit Hours: 75     
With Prerequisites if required: 81

 






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