Heavy Construction Equipment Technology: Caterpillar Equipment Emphasis

Associate of Applied Science Degree (A.A.S.)
Diesel CAT

About this program

For years, the Caterpillar name has become synonymous with heavy equipment. That’s why we designed a program around servicing and repairing this widely respected brand-name. Your specialized training will focus on Caterpillar equipment, but you’ll also gain a broad level of understanding that applies to various types of construction equipment.

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You're on your way to becoming a tomorrow maker.


Machines for Student Use


Acre Operations Site


Square Feet of Lab Space


  • Heavy construction equipment technician
  • Technician for dealerships
  • Sales representative
  • Product support representative 

At Penn College, we believe your educational experience should go beyond specialized skills. Real-world ready means taking a broader approach that builds communication skills, inspires collaboration, and encourages exploration of arts, history, and science.

​​Specialization requires in-depth knowledge and high-level proficiency. Students learn and apply major-specific concepts, skills, and methods.

  • Heavy Equipment Brake Systems (DSM156)
  • Powertrain & Brake Systems Lab (DSM155)
  • Fundamentals of Powertrain Technology (DSM160)
  • Diesel Engine Technology (DSM154)
  • Diesel Engine Laboratory (DSM116)
  • Basic Electricity (DSM120)
  • Hydraulics I (DSM121)
  • Fuel Systems (DSM119)
  • Internship (DSM153)
  • Hydraulics II (DSM122)
  • Diesel Equipment Air Conditioning Systems (DSM242)
  • Introduction to CAT Vehicles (DSM284)
  • CAT Vehicle Machine Electronics & Diagnostic Procedures (DSM286)
  • CAT Vehicles Laboratory (DSM285)
  • Hydraulics III (DSM230)
  • Caterpillar Electronic Engine Management Systems (DSM288)

​Perspectives are points of view, offering a variety of ways of understanding, interacting, and influencing the world. Students identify, explain, and utilize the approaches used by academics and professionals to study, analyze, or understand problems, and offer solutions.

  • Physics Survey (PHS103) or
  • Physics with Technological Applications (PHS114)
  • Core Historical Perspective (HIP) or
  • Core Social Science Perspective (SSP) or
  • Core Arts Perspective (ARP) or
  • Core Global & Cultural Diversity Perspective (CDP) or
  • Core Applied Arts Perspective (AAP)

​​Foundations are the practical, intellectual, and social skills: communication, collaboration, critical and ethical thinking, quantitative thinking, and technological literacy that are crucial to every student at every stage of education and at every stage of life.

  • Information, Technology & Society (CSC124)
  • Technical Algebra & Trigonometry I (MTH123) or
  • College Algebra & Trigonometry I (MTH181)
  • English Composition I (ENL111)
  • Technical & Professional Communication (ENL201)
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Virtual Tour

Join instructor Chris Weaver and explore fully loaded training spaces where students get tons of hands-on experience like tearing down engines and rebuilding them to perfection. You’ll get a rundown of degree options, see the advanced training grounds for each, and check out the latest and greatest equipment.

Hands-On Tomorrow

Hands-On Tomorrow

Thanks to an ongoing partnership with Caterpillar our labs are outfitted with all types of heavy equipment, just like you’ll see in the field.

Tour Schedule

Seeing is believing.

Think Penn College might be a good fit for you? Make plans to visit and discover what hands-on learning is all about.

Oct 7

Undergraduate Open House

Saturday, October 7 8:30 AM - 3 PM

Nov 5

Undergraduate Open House

Sunday, November 5 8:30 AM - 3 PM

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Your knowledge in practice

Internships are key for career preparation. Apply your knowledge to the workplace and learn about the industry first-hand.

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Industry Partners

Work with experts to become an expert

Penn College's strong partnerships impact every step of your journey – from your first day in the classroom and labs, to career placement (oftentimes before graduation) and beyond.

Associated Equipment Distributors (AED) logo
Cleveland Brothers CAT logo
H.O. Penn CAT logo
Milton CAT logo
Student Life

Lead and put your skills to the test

Service and Operation of Heavy Equipment Club (S&O)

Service and Operation of Heavy Equipment Club (S&O)

S&O expands learning and leadership opportunities, giving students a chance to connect with and contribute to the College and the local community.

Student Organizations at Penn College

Student Organizations at Penn College

Your college experience is about more than the classroom. Join one of 65+ clubs and organizations, or create your own.

Penn College News

College gifted refrigeration unit from Motor Truck Thermo King

Motor Truck Thermo King, a Corporate Tomorrow Maker at Pennsylvania College of Technology, has donated a new Precedent S-750i trailer refrigeration unit that greatly enhances career-building students’ exposure to the latest equipment. “The S-750i refrigeration unit has been available less than one year, and our students will now be able to be better prepared to enter the industry with confidence,” said Brad R. Conklin, instructor of diesel equipment technology.


'CAT Day' showcases quartet of longtime industry allies

A corporate takeover of the friendliest kind was waged Friday at the Schneebeli Earth Science Center, where Caterpillar dealers – whose benevolent interest in Penn College's Tomorrow Makers is as noticeable as the company's yellow and black color scheme – brought equipment, recruitment and nourishment to the diesel, heavy equipment and power generation programs.


Students ride-share to 'mind-blowing' Komatsu experience

A cross-curricular group of eight students and two faculty members recently traveled south for Komatsu Demo Days and a factory tour, hosted by one of Pennsylvania College of Technology's valued Corporate Tomorrow Makers.

Gain global experience
Study Abroad

Gain global experience

See the world via Williamsport. Take your education abroad and get hands-on experience learning about your industry on a global scale.

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Industry Relations
Caterpillar, dealers combine for $82,000 in support for college

Caterpillar, dealers combine for $82,000 in support for college

Furthering a partnership that has thrived for nearly a quarter century, the Caterpillar Foundation and a consortium of regional dealers recently delivered $82,000 in support of students and curriculum at Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Schneebeli Earth Science Center.

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Dual Degree
Electric Power Generation Technology: Diesel Emphasis & Heavy Construction Equipment Technology

Electric Power Generation Technology: Diesel Emphasis & Heavy Construction Equipment Technology

Students who have earned an associate’s degree from Penn College in Heavy Construction Equipment Technology: Caterpillar Equipment Emphasis are eligible to earn a second degree in Heavy Construction Equipment Technology: Technician Emphasis, Diesel Technology, or Electric Power Generation Technology: Diesel Emphasis in a few as three years. Students may work with their advisor to declare a dual degree, taking courses for both degrees simultaneously. 

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More Information

AED Accredited by The AED Foundation.

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Alternative Credit refers to academic credits earned through means other than traditional college course completion, including: credit by exam, articulation, proof of competency gained in high school, work/life experience, and advanced placement.

Visit the Alternative Credit Options page for requirements and procedures and for information on credit through Advanced Placement.

First you need to apply to Pennsylvania College of Technology and enroll in the Heavy Construction Equipment Technology program (CH) to reserve a seat in the major. Then you may contact a participating Caterpillar dealer to inquire about sponsorship opportunities.

Participating Caterpillar Dealers

Dealer Address Contact Information
Carter CAT 8531 Pulaski Highway
Baltimore, MD 21237
Walter Chrysam, Technical Training Manager
H.O. Penn 122 Noxon Road
Poughkeepsie, NY 12603
Kathryn Herbert, Corporate Recruiter
Cleveland Brothers 4565 William Penn Highway
Murrysville, PA 15668
Randy Fetterolf, Corporate Recruiter
Foley Inc. 855 Centennial Avenue
Piscataway, NJ 08854
Carolyn Scott, Corporate Recruiter
Milton CAT 100 Quarry Dr.
Milford, MA 01757
Sarah Reardon, Talent Acquisition Manager

You are expected to purchase your own tools which can be purchased at the College Store or through a dealer such as Sears or Snap-on. The advantage to purchasing your own tools is that the tools are yours to use during your time as a student and later as an employee. Larger specialty tools such as those used in diagnostics and testing are purchased by the College or donated by the Caterpillar dealer program for use by all students enrolled in the program.

View the Heavy Construction Equipment Technology Required Tools

Required for all labs:

  • uniform
  • glasses, safety, clear lens/black frame
  • leather work shoes or boots

Uniforms and tools are available for purchase through The College Store.