Western States CAT TechnicianExplore MoreAbout This Program
The Western States CAT Technician program is a cooperative 15 month training program designed to prepare entry level technicians for Western States CAT equipment dealer locations. Students are offered entry into the program in the spring for a summer semester start, depending on available seating.
Prior to registering for WSCT 100 Shop Practices, students must interview with and be selected for program entry by Western States CAT. Program rigor and expectations will be explained during the interview process. All students in this program must pass a drug and alcohol test before entering the program and agree to additional testing while in the program. See program web page or Department Chair for additional information regarding this policy.
The Western States CAT Technician program covers basic theory and repair procedures while emphasizing a hands-on approach with extensive training on functional training aids and equipment. All courses are oriented toward high levels of technical understanding to support skills required for entry-level placement in the heavy-equipment technician job market. In addition to technical course training, related instruction courses enable students to develop interpersonal and academic skills needed to advance within the heavy-equipment technology service industry. All coursework will have a primary focus on Caterpillar products, components, and proprietary technical information. Upon completion of coursework students will be placed in a three month formal internship program at a Western States location. Graduation will be based on successful completion of both the required coursework as well as the formal internship program.
Note: Registrations for Western States CAT Technician courses are restricted to students within the major.
Degrees and Certificates
Western States CAT Technician (WSCT)
WSCT 100 Shop Practices
(5 Credits, Fall)
Theory and application of Western States customer centric culture, shop safety, Service Information System familiarization, tool usage, construction equipment operation, precision measuring, basic welding and oxyacetylene skills. PREREQ: Placement in the Western States CAT Technician program and successful completion of ENGL 101 (or ENGL 101P), MATH 123 (or MATH 123P), and PSYC 140.
WSCT 110 Electrical/Electronic Systems
(5 Credits, Fall)
Safety, terminology, fundamental principles, and service of heavy-duty electrical systems. Multi-meters, wiring diagrams, batteries, starting, charging, and lighting systems. Introduction to electronic management systems. PRE/COREQ: WSCT 100 with a minimum grade of B.
WSCT 120 Mobile Hydraulic Systems
(6 Credits, Fall)
Hydraulic system safety, terminology, basic hydraulic theory, system operation, and service of Caterpillar mobile hydraulic systems. PRE/COREQ: WSCT 110 with a minimum grade of B.
WSCT 130 Powertrains
(5 Credits, Spring)
Safety, terminology, fundamental operating principles, and service techniques associated with Caterpillar heavy-equipment powertrains. PRE/COREQ: WSCT 120 with a minimum grade of B.
WSCT 140 Preventative Maintenance/HVAC
(5 Credits, Spring)
Safety related to preventative maintenance and HVAC systems. Vehicle and equipment maintenance, service procedures, vehicle and pre delivery inspection. Terminology, fundamental operating principles, and basic service techniques associated with mobile equipment HVAC systems. PRE/COREQ: WSCT 130 with a minimum grade of B.
WSCT 150 Diesel Engines and Fuel Systems
(6 Credits, Spring)
Diesel engine safety, disassembly, inspection, reassembly, system operating principles, including lubrication, cooling, intake and exhaust, electronic engine management systems, and fuel systems. PRE/COREQ: WSCT 140 with a minimum grade of B.
WSCT 293 Western States CAT Tech Internship
(12 Credits, Summer)
Supervised application of course work at the sponsoring Western States dealer location. The internship will include on the job responsibilities to evidence skills in all areas of heavy equipment operation and repair including service information, diagnostic, engine, electrical/electronic, fuel, hydraulic, transmission, AC, HVAC and powertrain systems, and preventative maintenance. PREREQ: Permission of department's internship coordinator. PRE/COREQ: WSCT 150 with a minimum grade of B.