Our ThinkBIG apprenticeship program teaches you how to service Cat equipment using cutting-edge diagnostic and maintenance systems, advanced technologies and high-tech tools. ThinkBIG combines classroom work with hands-on learning in the field and in state-of-the-art labs, so students see technologies in real-world applications—solving problems and helping Caterpillar customers get their jobs done.
The four-year program combines college level courses with on-the-job training at Quinn Company. During the initial two years of the program, students spend about half their time at San Joaquin Delta College in technical and academic course work. The remaining time is spent at Quinn Company in paid on-the-job training. Graduates receive an associate degree in applied science. ThinkBIG students also complete 2 years of apprenticeship training earning a journeyman level certificate. As an apprentice, you’ll work alongside experienced Cat technicians, have the chance to practice the skills you learned in school, see how a Cat dealership operates and what roles heavy equipment technicians play in the Cat family.