ThinkBIG Co-op

Position:                    ThinkBIG Co-op


This is a two-year associate degree training program at Illinois Central College with a goal of becoming a Caterpillar Dealership Service Technician at Walker Machinery Company  Selected candidates will be sponsored in this Associate’s in Applied Science degree program that incorporates paid internships*. The program is referred to as the Caterpillar  "ThinkBIG" Dealer Technician Training Program.

This program combines classroom lecture and state-of-the-art labs with real-world experience through paid internships at a Walker Machinery location. In class, students learn about engine fundamentals, machine hydraulics, Caterpillar fuel systems, machine electrical systems, transmissions and torque converters, undercarriage/final drives and more. During the two year program sponsored students alternate between going to classes (5 eight-week sessions) at Illinois Central College (East Peoria, IL) and working alongside experienced technicians during paid structured internships (4 eight-week sessions) in our dealership service facilities to experience their future career first-hand.

New classes start each year (Fall Semester beginning in late August of each year).

Sponsorships are based upon past academic achievements, character excellence, and required test results.

Walker Machinery Company offers tuition assistance (amount based upon GPA earned during a student's enrollment in the program) and assistance with required hand tools (purchase or loan programs available).

Further program details can be obtained if needed by contacting:

Ray Genet

Recruiter - Product Support / Technical

Walker Machinery  Company


office: 800-494-2963  Ext. 32668

* Sponsorships in the "Think Big" program do not guarantee employment with Walker Machinery Company upon graduation. It is Walker Machinery  Company's intention to hire anyone that Walker sponsors and who successfully graduates from this program as business conditions allow at the time of the student's graduation

Applicants must submit (in addition to completing this on-line application):

  1. A high school transcript
  2. A minimum one page essay describing their career goals and their interest in working with a Caterpillar dealership
  3. Four letters of reference ---- no more than two being from school instructors --- at least two should be from members of the candidate's local community (none from family)

Documentation can be emailed to as scanned / electronic files or they may be mailed to the following address:

Walker Machinery Company

Attn:  Ray Genet

P.O. Box 35900

Louisville, KY  40232

  (Applicants should maintain a copy of all documentation submitted)

Co- Op Qualifications:

  • Must be a high school graduate (2.5 or higher GPA)
  • Must be available for standardized pre-enrollment testing at Illinois Central College and at Walker Machinery Company 
  • Must be able to pass company physical, drug screen, and background check.
  • Ability to communicate effectively in spoken and written English
  • Ability to operate a P.C. (Windows, Excel, Word)
  • Must maintain high integrity and accountability standards

Co-op Duties and Responsibilities include the following:

  • Performs various mechanical functions, under supervision, to make repairs or rebuild components using appropriate tooling.
  • Operates construction machinery to move same in and out of shop service bays and test for performance.
  • Operates material handling equipment as required.
  • Reads and comprehends technical data/service manuals and writes legibly.
  • Learn to use all test equipment and procedures to correctly and safely make repairs.
  • Keep work area clean and orderly while following all work safety rules and procedures.
  • Project a positive company image by interacting with fellow employees, customers, and management in a cooperative, supportive and courteous manner; display an attitude of professionalism; comply with company dress code.
  • Ensure accuracy of work orders by charging parts and labor to proper work order segment.
    Accumulates contaminated dirt and filters in drums.  
  • Complete stock transfer and transport full drums by fork-lift to Hazardous Waste Storage area.
  • Works with hazardous waste and receives Hazardous Waste Training every year.
  • Recommend to manager ideas to improve the departments operating procedures or business practices and participate in and support continuous improvement of all related activities and processes
  • Project a positive image by interacting with fellow employees, customers, and management in a cooperative, supportive, and courteous manner; display a professional attitude; comply with company dress code.
  • Create and maintain good communications (verbally and in writing) and relationships with other company departments, branches, employees, outside vendors, and customers by addressing and resolving concerns quickly
  • Lifts parts and equipment components that weigh a maximum of 70 pounds when assisting mechanics or working alone to make repairs to equipment.
  • Follow all work, safety rules, and procedures
  • Perform other duties as necessary