CPCC’s Carolina CAT Program Hosts Open House

last modified Mar 11, 2013 08:34 AM

Central Piedmont Community College and its Carolina CAT Service Technician Program will host an open house March 21, from 6 to 7:30 p.m., at the Carolina CAT Building A, located at 9000 Statesville Road, in Charlotte.

High school age persons and older are invited to learn about CPCC’s Carolina CAT program and careers as a construction/diesel equipment technician. The 12-month program blends Carolina CAT’s industry techniques with CPCC’s state-of-the-art facilities. Upon completion of the program, students earn a diploma and are prepared to enter the workforce as entry-level service technicians. 

Features of the Carolina CAT Service Technician Program at CPCC include:

  • Courses focused on heavy equipment sold and serviced by Carolina CAT;
  • Hands-on learning, including training on Caterpillar and allied equipment;
  • Classes taught by CPCC faculty and Caterpillar technical trainers;
  • An eight-week workplace learning experience with Carolina CAT; and
  • A convenient location at CPCC’s Merancas Campus, in Huntersville.

Construction /diesel equipment diesel technicians are in high demand nationally and in the Charlotte region. The growing heavy equipment industry is pushing the need for these high-tech, hands-on professionals. CPCC’s Heavy Equipment and Transport Technology (HEATT) Department has partnered with Carolina CAT, the Caterpillar dealer for Western North Carolina, to help fill this skills gap in the heavy equipment industry.

The program’s first class of students began in August 2011 and graduated in July 2012. Carolina CAT now employs eight graduates of the 2011-2012 class.

CPCC’s next Carolina CAT Service Technician class begins August 2013. Individuals interested in starting the application process can visit www.cpcc.edu/transport_systems, or call 704.330.4181.

Central Piedmont Community College is the largest community college in North Carolina, offering nearly 300 degree, diploma and certification programs, customized corporate training, market-focused continuing education, and special interest classes. CPCC is academically, financially and geographically accessible to all citizens of Mecklenburg County. In 2002, the National Alliance of Business named CPCC the Community College of the Year for its response to the workforce and technology needs of local employers and job seekers through innovative educational and training strategies.