CAT Career Days Are Coming to Lincoln College of Technology in Nashville
For students looking to start diesel technology and heavy equipment careers, an opportunity to work for Caterpillar would have to be near the top of a wish list. Since 1910 the Caterpillar name has been synonymous with heavy equipment that can (almost) move mountains; Caterpillar is known as the global leader in the manufacture of construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural gas engines, industrial gas turbines and diesel-electric locomotives.* Caterpillar Inc. employs tens of thousands of people around the world, and seeks out the best-trained, most-qualified technicians for its open positions.
In 1919, a hands-on training school opened its doors on Gallatin Ave. in Nashville, TN, focused on preparing students for careers in the auto and diesel industries. Nearly 100 years later, that school is Lincoln College of Technology – a member of the Lincoln Group of Schools, a leading national provider of hands-on skilled training for careers in Automotive and Diesel Technology. Since its founding, Lincoln schools have helped hundreds of thousands of graduates around the country launch rewarding, fulfilling careers, developing a reputation for producing some of the best-trained, most-qualified technicians available to employers.
Two upcoming “CAT Career Days” on the Lincoln Tech Nashville campus will bring Caterpillar and the career training leader together for an opportunity to support each other’s short- and long-term goals – the best qualified workforce for CAT, and the best professional opportunities for Lincoln’s students. On July 21 and 22, the Lincoln Nashville campus will welcome Caterpillar representatives from 13 dealerships to give presentations on CAT careers, and to interview Lincoln students seeking future careers in Diesel Technology and the Heavy Equipment maintenance industry.
“We’re very excited about welcoming CAT to our campus for these career days,” says Nashville Campus President Jim Coakley. “Our school has a history of nearly 100 years dating back to its origins as Nashville Auto-Diesel College, and we’ve always held fast to our commitment of helping our students not only receive the best training for their future careers, but also helping connect them with the best career possibilities. Careers with CAT certainly fit that description.”
Every Lincoln student in the school’s Heavy Equipment Maintenance Technology and Diesel and Truck Technology programs will be invited to sit in a short presentation from each dealer. Students graduating within the next three months will have an opportunity to interview with the employers. CAT dealers in attendance are scheduled to include Cashman Equipment, Foley Equipment, Warren CAT, Louisiana CAT, Patten Industries, Whayne Supply, Thompson Machinery, Stowers CAT, Thompson Tractor, Yancey Bros, Gregory Poole, Carolina CAT, and Carter Machinery.
Lincoln’s Heavy Equipment Maintenance Technology and Diesel and Truck Technology programs provide future technicians with hands-on, career-focused training on the skills that hiring managers in these fields look for. Heavy Equipment students train in fully-functioning bays which feature computerized diagnostic equipment and the tools of the trade used by professionals on the job. The skills emphasized in Heavy Equipment training can help students launch careers working on tractors, dozers, backhoes, excavators and much more. Pascal’s Law and Bernoulli’s Principles of Hydraulics are also covered. Upon graduation, students are prepared to explore career opportunities in industries from refuse and recycling to highway construction, from agriculture and forestry to mining, military applications, and a lot more.
Students enrolled in the Diesel & Truck Technology training program learn to perform a complete disassembly and reconstruction of diesel engines, with emphasis on parts like cylinder heads and timing gears. The hands-on training curriculum also includes performing computer-aided wheel alignments on tractors and trailers; working with suspension, fuel, and brake systems; and troubleshooting and repairing air conditioning and electrical systems. Diesel training courses are taught by ASE-certified instructors. The Nashville campus of Lincoln College of Technology is a 17-acre facility dedicated to providing quality technical education and training in the fields of Automotive Technology, Heavy Equipment Maintenance, Diesel and Truck Technology, and Collision Repair and Refinishing. In addition to hands-on training, students also receive coaching in time management, financial literacy and study skills, and are supported with career search and placement assistance upon graduation.
The campus is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges, ACCSC, a nationally recognized accrediting agency by the United States Department of Education. The school is also approved by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission for the training of veterans, eligible persons and non-veterans.