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Student driving a CAT backhoe

ThinkBIG logoThe Dealer Service Technology program is a partnership between Portland Community College and the participating Caterpillar dealerships in the Northwest. It is an industry-specific, two-year associate degree program with required on-the-job internships at your sponsoring Caterpillar dealership. It is designed to prepare you to become a qualified Caterpillar service technician.

Why choose Dealer Service Technology at PCC


Each Caterpillar dealer determines employee compensation.

You will learn how to work on many types of Caterpillar equipment including:

  • Agricultural
  • Construction
  • Forestry
  • Earthmoving
  • Mining
  • Power generation

The Dealer Service Technology program combines technical and academic education with real-world experience through paid on-the-job training.

Degrees and certificates

Degrees and certificates by number of terms to complete
Award Length Financial aid eligible Currently accepting students?
Associate Degree: Caterpillar Electric Power2 yearsLimited entry, see how
to get into this program
Associate Degree: Dealer Service Technology2 years


What will you learn?

You will learn about:

  • Engine fundamentals
  • Electrical systems
  • Final drives
  • Fuel systems
  • Machine hydraulics
  • Torque converters
  • Transmissions
  • Undercarriage

During your paid on-the-job internship at the sponsoring Caterpillar dealership, you will experience your future career first-hand.

What will you do?

As a Caterpillar Dealer Service Technician, you’ll be an educated, skilled professional who is part of the team Cat? dealers and customers count on. You’ll be the technician who diagnoses equipment problems, finds solutions, and performs the necessary service and repairs to keep customer’s machines up and running. Learn more about Caterpillar machinery.

Where will you complete your internships?

Participating dealers are located across the Northwest with services in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, Oregon, Washington, and Wyoming. View the extended map of all locations for further details.

Anchorage, AK

NC Machinery CAT logo

Billings, MT

Tractor Equipment Co. CAT logo

Portland, OR

Peterson Machinery Co. CAT logo

Seattle, WA

NC Machinery CAT logo

Next steps

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