Associate in Applied Science

Caterpillar Dealer Service Technician

Contact Information 

Michael Seedorf, program coordinator
Bisek Hall 1152

Delivery Methods 

Face-to-Face: Wahpeton

The Caterpillar Dealer Service Technician program is designed to develop technically competent entry-level service technicians for Caterpillar dealerships regionally and throughout the world.

Students receive up-to-date technical training on Caterpillar equipment and systems through a combination of classroom instruction, hands-on laboratory instruction, and an internship at the participating Caterpillar dealer. Work experience at the dealership is structured to relate to the most recent classroom/lab subjects covered at NDSCS.

Green technology is addressed through changes in emission standards and alternative fuels that will continue to advance changes in this industry. 

The Caterpillar Dealer Service Technician program takes five semesters, or approximately 20 months, to complete. The five semesters are divided into 9 terms, each approximately eight weeks in length. Students complete the first, third, fifth, seventh, and ninth terms on campus and the second, fourth, sixth, and eighth terms at a sponsoring Caterpillar dealership.

The Caterpillar Dealer Service Technician program is accredited by the AED Foundation.

Admission Requirements*

The applicants must be high school graduates or equivalent. Students considered for acceptance must complete all admission requirements. Special requirements include securing a Caterpillar dealership sponsor. Required minimum placement scores:


Reading – 15
English – 15


Reading – 240 
Writing – 237

Or transfer equivalencies will apply as appropriate 

Applicants not meeting the above requirements are encouraged to visit with the Diesel Technology Department at 701-671-2330 or academic counselor at 701-671-2257 for strategies to meet the admission requirements.

*Program Admission Requirements are subject to revision. Please check the department or program website under Program Admission Requirements for current information.


Upon successful completion of the required courses, students will be awarded an Associate in Applied Science degree in Caterpillar Dealer Service Technician.

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