Caterpillar engineers are getting the opportunity to develop hands-on skills in welding and machining, thanks to an educational partnership between the company and Pima Community College in Tucson.
The Applied Technology Academy at the college’s downtown campus will offer a series of hands-on courses designed to teach engineers and other non-technical professionals fabrication skills. The first two programs will be Machining for Non-machinists and Basic Welding for Non-welders while it is anticipated future programs will include basic woodworking, industrial arts, mechatronics and other applied technology skills.
Students who complete the program will earn a professional development certificate. In summer 2019, other companies with similar talent development needs will be allowed to join Caterpillar employees in the program when it becomes open to the public.