Illinois Central College’s Caterpillar Dealer Service Technology Program Re-Accredited by The AED Foundation 

First accredited by The AED Foundation in March 2003, the Caterpillar Dealer Service Technology program at Illinois Central College (ICC) has just achieved their third re-accreditation. Program re-accreditation is required every five years. The AED Foundation congratulates Program Coordinator Mark Matthews and Program Instructor Ron Albertsen for their success in making this one of the top-flight programs in the country. 

The ICC Caterpillar Dealer Service Technology program, also known as Caterpillar ThinkBIG, began in May 1998 as a joint venture between Caterpillar Inc. and Illinois Central College to develop a new pilot program to meet the growing need for technicians in the heavy equipment industry. 
The primary focus of this new program was to train young men and women on a Caterpillar product line that would provide the program’s partner dealers with high-quality technicians. In 1998, ICC partnered with Altorfer Inc., with dealer locations in Illinois, Iowa, and Missouri; and with Patten Industries Inc. located in Illinois and Indiana. Since that time, the program has added Whayne CAT, with locations in Kentucky, Indiana, West Virginia, and Ohio.

Said Mr. Albertsen, “The AED Foundation accreditation is something we value, as it adds additional credibility and accountability to our program. Having The AED Foundation onboard as a partner opens a vast array of additional resources, such as training, certification programs, and professional networking for both our instructors and students. The AED Foundation accreditation also opens additional scholarships to students both through AED and their members.”

Caterpillar Dealer Service Technology is a two-year technician training program designed to prepare students to become entry-level Caterpillar dealer service technicians for the dealerships that buy, sell, and repair Caterpillar equipment. In this program, students learn how to work on many types of machines and equipment, including agricultural, construction, and earthmoving equipment, to name a few. The program combines classroom work and state-of-the-art labs with real-world experience through internships. 

Since the first class of 11 students in 1999, the program has graduated over 330 students. Its success is underscored by the strong support it receives from partner dealers, ICC, and Caterpillar. This support ensures that faculty and staff have the resources to be able to provide students with the highest quality education available and partner dealers with quality technicians that help meet their ever-increasing needs.

The AED Foundation is proud of its affiliation with this outstanding diesel equipment technology program at Illinois Central College. If you are wondering where your next generation of qualified equipment technicians will come from and are interested in working with your local technical college, contact Steve Johnson at  The AED Foundation for more information. 

Program contact: 
Mr. Mark Matthews, Program Coordinator
Caterpillar Dealer Service Technology
Agriculture and Industrial Technologies
One College Drive
East Peoria, IL 61635
(309) 694-8521;

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