Caterpillar Dealer Service Technician Apprenticeship, Associate in Science

Upon successful completion of the Caterpillar Dealer Service Technician AS Degree Apprenticeship program, the apprentice will be prepared for completion of the related and supplemental instruction component of the State approved San Joaquin Valley Automotive Technician Apprenticeship Program. The apprentice is awarded a Journey Level Certificate from the State Division of Apprenticeship Standards upon completion of 7600 hours of On-The-Job training and satisfactory employer reports. The apprentices are qualified to perform service, maintenance, repairs and troubleshooting of diesel engines, transmissions, drive trains, transaxles, brakes, suspensions, steering systems, charging systems, electrical systems, electronic engine controls, fuel management controls, computer control systems and air conditioning systems on Caterpillar tractors and heavy equipment. A grade of "C" or better is required in each course.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the Caterpillar Dealer Service Technician AS Degree Apprenticeship program, 90% of the apprentices will score 60 or higher on the AED test administered by Caterpillar and/or Association of Equipment Dealers.

General Education

Complete one of the following general education patterns:

  • San Joaquin Delta College Associate Degree General Education (AA-GE) pattern (24 units)
  • California State University General Education (CSU-GE) pattern (40 units)
  • Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum - CSU Version (IGETC-CSU) pattern (37 units)

Students are advised to double-count courses in the major to also satisfy general education when possible. Course subject credit will be awarded in satisfaction of major and lower division general education requirements, but the units will only be counted once in computing the total number of units for the degree.

Major Requirements - Core Requirements

Complete 38 units


Agriculture Welding


CAT 080

Caterpillar Service Industry


CAT 081

Caterpillar Engine Fundamentals


CAT 082

Fundamentals of Hydraulics


CAT 083

Caterpillar Engine Fuel Systems


CAT 084

Fundamentals of Electrical Systems


CAT 085

Caterpillar Air Conditioning


CAT 086

Fundamentals of Caterpillar Power Trains


CAT 087

Caterpillar Machine Hydraulic Systems


CAT 090

Caterpillar Undercarriage and Final Drive


CAT 091

Caterpillar Machine Electronic Systems


CAT 092

Caterpillar Engine Performance


CAT 093

Caterpillar Diagnostic Testing


CAT 094

Caterpillar Machine Specific Systems


Internship - Complete 16 units

CAT 069V

Internship: Heavy Equipment-Caterpillar


Minimum Major Units Required: 54

Complete all courses with a grade of "C" or better.

Minimum Degree Units Required: 78