Ohio Cat Careers Think Big Internship

Think BIG Program Description

Are you exploring or debating what you will do after high-school? Have you always been the mechanical type, fixing things and tearing things down to see how they work? It’s time you look into the Caterpillar Think BIG Program. A career as a Cat Dealer Service Technician can open doors to endless possibilities with hard work and an industry-leading education.

Ohio Cat and Owens Community College in Perrysburg, OH have paired together along with other area Cat Dealers to bring you Caterpillar’s Think BIG Program. Students will get Caterpillar exclusive training and education along with exciting hands-on dealer service shop experience. The Think BIG program has one goal, to produce high-caliber, specialized technicians, eager to hit the ground running as Cat Dealer Service Technicians.

The Think BIG Program consists of 5 semesters in which the students spend time at both the college campus as well as in their sponsoring branch’s service shop, applying what they have learned in the classroom, and getting paid at the same time. Did we mention that the students get paid while working in the service shops? They also have an opportunity to have all of, or a portion of their tuition paid for, depending on GPA. At the end of the 5 semesters, students will have earned an Associate’s Degree in Applied Science and ready to enter the world of Caterpillar Equipment.

As a Cat Dealer Service Technician, you’ll work on some of the most advanced and hardest working machines in the world. And don’t think that your capabilities will have you limited to only the construction industry. Your expertise will always be in demand in industries as varied as agriculture, logging and forestry, power generation, construction, marine, road building, earthmoving, material handling, trucking and transport, locomotive and mining. You will build yourself into a highly skilled, technically trained, in-demand member of the worldwide Cat dealer network. As you develop the skills, experience and motivation, you will have opportunities to advance into new positions within Ohio Cat. Positions such as field service technician, shop supervisor, branch manager, parts department supervisor, sales await you in the future should you choose to pursue them.

If you are ready to accept the challenge of a difficult but fun and rewarding training regimen, or would like additional information, please email your contact information and questions to careers@ohiocat.com

Requirements For Think BIG Program:

  • 3.0 High School GPA Minimum
  • 10 or fewer days absent from school per year
  • Complete Employment Application and submission of interview documents (listed below)


What’s Next?

  •  Interview with Human Resources Representative which will include submitting:
    • 3 Letters of Reference
    • High School Transcripts and Attendance Records
  • Interview with Branch Manager and Supervisors
  • Background Check (Including employment, criminal, and DMV records)
  • Perform Drug Screen


Ohio CAT will be hosting Open Houses for those interested in the program in Cleveland, Columbus, and Cincinnati. Please send the following information to jberens@ohiocat.com:

  • Name
  • Mailing Address
  • City, State, and Zip
  • Email Address
  • Contact Phone Number
  • Current School Grade Level
  • Current School Attending

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Think Big Open House Notice

To attend one of the Open Houses, or for more information, email the student’s information (Name, mailing address, contact phone number, and email address) to Jason Berens at jberens@ohiocat.com.