Carolina CAT - CPCC Diesel Mechanic College Program

Technician Apprentice Programs Charlotte, North Carolina


Position at Carolina CAT - Construction

Are you interested in becoming a Caterpillar Technician? Carolina CAT offers a college program that allows you to earn a Certificate in Heavy Equipment and Diesel. 

We are currently accepting applications for the Fall 2023 School Year. 

THIS IS A 1 YEAR COLLEGE PROGRAM-Students attend college full time at Central Piedmont Community College "CPCC" and work a paid Internship part time at one of our branch locations. 

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Career opportunities in construction equipment, truck engine, and commercial engine fields are rewarding, challenging, and the people that can do the work are in demand. Carolina Tractor, in conjunction with the Caterpillar dealers of North and South Carolina and Florence-Darlington Technical College, has developed the Caterpillar Dealer Academy to train individuals in the specific needs of Carolina Tractor and Caterpillar. The Caterpillar Dealer Academy is a cooperative two-year college level student technician education program, which leads to an Associate’s Degree in Applied Science. 

As a Caterpillar Dealer Service Technician, you'll work on some of the biggest, hardest-working machines in the world. As a graduate of the Caterpillar Dealer Academy (CDA), you'll be a highly skilled, technically trained, in-demand member of the worldwide Cat dealer family. Our two-year, college-level program teaches you how to service Caterpillar equipment using cutting-edge diagnostic and maintenance systems, advanced technologies, and high-tech tools. The program combines classroom and hands-on learning. No more sitting in class wondering if you're going to use what's being taught, you'll get to use what you've learned and you'll know why it's important.

The requirements for admission are as follows:

  • Possess a passion and STRONG desire to become a Caterpillar Technician 
  • Possess a basic mechanical aptitude 
  • Have earned or will earn a high school diploma or equivalent 
  • Be 18 years of age or older by the time of your first internship 
  • Be able to meet CPCC admission requirements, which include placement testing and an application and interview process with the school and the dealer 
  • Pass a background check 
  • Pass a drug screening 
  • You must be accepted by both the dealer and the school to be a member of the Caterpillar Dealer Academy

Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status. If you are unable to complete the application without an accommodation, please call 704-731-7701 for assistance.