One teacher in Peoria, Illinois has developed a strong appreciation for the value of Caterpillar construction equipment. For more than thirty-five years, her husband has earned a living by taking part in the manufacture of Caterpillar construction equipment. His salary has allowed that Illinois pair to purchase an RV, and to travel across the United States.
A young neighbor who views the comings and goings of that couple might yearn to enjoy the pleasures of RVing. Although current gasoline prices have put a damper on such gas-guzzling pursuits, no one can deny the fact that employees of the Caterpillar Corporation enjoy great benefits. Yet the extent to which any Caterpillar employee can count on such benefits depends to a large extent on his familiarity with all types of Caterpillar Construction Equipment.
For that reason, a young boy attending the High School in Peoria, Illinois might want to consider becoming a Caterpillar Dealer Service Technician. Such a student might care to take courses while still in High School, courses that could help him to learn more about Caterpillar construction equipment.
After graduating from high school, that same student could learn even more about Caterpillar’s equipment by taking the Caterpillar Dealer Service Technology Program. Graduates of that Program receive an Associate in Applied Science degree. Graduates of that program have completed a combination of laboratory instruction and internship training.
The Caterpillar Technology program is not like the traditional Associates program. Completion of the Caterpillar Technology program demands a willingness to attend five semesters of classes. Those five semesters have been divided into nine terms, with each term having nine weeks duration.
During weeks 1, 3, 5, 7 and 9, students in that Program must view pictures of Caterpillar Construction Equipment. During weeks 2, 4, 5 and 8, students in that Program gain a more intimate knowledge of Caterpillar equipment. On those weeks, the students receive training at a participating Caterpillar Dealership.
Graduates of this special Caterpillar program become familiar with construction equipment, and also with mining, logging, agricultural, industrial and power-generating equipment. They learn how businesses can finance and insure such equipment. They discover how such equipment contributes to the production sector of the U.S. economy.
Investment in Caterpillar construction equipment can encourage the development of a previously underdeveloped region. The sale of such construction equipment increases the productivity in that same region. For that reason, each new purchase of Caterpillar equipment can be seen as a boost to the local economy.
The makers of Caterpillar equipment have not remained blind to that fact. The makers of such equipment have wisely chosen to provide for the education of men and women, students who can help to expand the market for Caterpillar equipment.