Caterpillar ThinkBIGGER

Caterpillar ThinkBIGGER Degree

Caterpillar ThinkBIGGER Undergraduate Degree

This is the perfect companion program for those who’ve successfully completed Caterpillar’s accredited Dealer Service Technician program better known as ThinkBIG. As the name states, Pittsburg State’s ThinkBIGGER program builds upon the Caterpillar program with additional education and training, allowing you to take your career to the next level.

In fact, ThinkBIG graduates (with a minimum 3.0 GPA) can automatically transfer up to 64 college credits to Pittsburg State University. In as little as two years, students in this program can earn a Bachelor of Applied Science (Diesel and Heavy Equipment emphasis) by completing the required 60 credit hours.

Why Pitt State?

The ThinkBIGGER program provides you with complete instruction in technology management, theory, logic, leadership and business skills to broaden your knowledge, better prepare you for managerial positions and make you a more valuable employee. Your coursework will an emphasis in service management, manufacturing management and diesel and heavy equipment.

You’ll also be able to access on-campus housing, as well as additional scholarship and internship opportunities.

Career Options

This program is a specialized and comprehensive program for Caterpillar Service Technicians. Examples careers for ThinkBIGGER graduates include:

  • Service instructor
  • Technical communicator
  • Shop foreman
  • Service manager
  • Service writer
  • Equipment rental manager
  • Equipment maintenance engineer
  • Field service representative
  • Technician

Internship and research opportunities

An internship is required for the ThinkBIGGER program. Corporate Caterpillar has a limited number of internship opportunities available. Students who took part in the ThinkBIG program are also considered by Caterpillar dealers for ThinkBIGGER internships. We encourage students to pursue internships with the dealership that sponsored them during their 2-year ThinkBIG degree.

Students selected for the Corporate Caterpillar internships will do so at the offices in Peoria, Illinois. Internship duties with this option will vary and may include duties such as equipment testing and writing service literature. 

Learn more about the Department of Automotive Technology

Located within the Kansas Technology Center, the Department of Automotive Technology is recognized by industry as offering one of the best academic programs in the nation. Our professors are accomplished professionals with industry experience and our laboratories offer students access to the latest technology. Learn more about our department and discover why you belong at Pittsburg State University.


Students in the Caterpillar ThinkBIGGER major take a selection of classes that successfully prepare them for a career in a related field.

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