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ThinkBIG is a career development program, designed by Caterpillar, for high school graduates, students already enrolled in college or those looking to make a career change to a Cat Dealership. ThinkBIG is designed to help build the foundation of your future career with Holt of California, and offers a program for everyone, whether you like working in the shop or prefer traveling from work site to work site, interacting directly with customers.

San Joaquin Delta College is one of only eleven schools nationwide offering the ThinkBIG program and the only one that is a four-year state-approved apprenticeship combined with an A.S. degree. This intense program provides extensive opportunities for paid internships at Holt of California locations.

Through ThinkBIG, you will be provided on-the-job training and have the opportunity to work directly on Cat machines and engines as well as assist trained technicians. No two days of the program will ever be the same as you solve big problems, use advanced technologies and have the opportunity to interface with customers in several different industries.

ThinkBIG graduates become specialized experts skilled in a wide variety of technologies, including:

  • Electronically-controlled Engines, Transmissions & Hydraulics
  • Sophisticated Computer-based Diagnostics
  • State-of-the-art Hydraulics Systems
  • Transmissions & Undercarriages
  • And more

Graduates apply what they have learned to service and repair over 300 different CAT machines and engines and work in a wide variety of industries, including:

  • Agriculture
  • Logging & Forestry
  • Power Generation
  • Light & Heavy Construction
  • Road Building
  • Earthmoving
  • Material Handling
  • Trucking & Transport
  • Quarry & Aggregate Mining

As a Cat service technician, you are provided the opportunity to get where you want to go. If you have what it takes, you will be provided opportunities to advance into new jobs with Holt of California, including more advanced technician jobs, management or sales positions. With continuous on-the-job training, Caterpillar's technology advantage and the reputation for service excellence by Holt of California, you will always be in demand within our industry.

The heavy equipment industry has great pay and we are part of Cat's network of dealerships, known to lead the way in competitive salaries, great benefits and opportunities for career advancement. As an entry level Cat Dealer Service Technician, it is possible to earn a similar salary as a four-year college graduate and, as you advance and grow your skill set, you can earn even more. Benefits packages can also include opportunities to earn more through overtime, paid vacation time, retirement and savings plans.

ThinkBIG Links

  • San Joaquin Delta College's ThinkBIG website
  • Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , ThinkBIG Instructor, 209.954.5506.
  • More about ThinkBIG from Caterpillar