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Thompson Tractor Company and five other Caterpillar dealers throughout the southeast are proud to sponsor the Heavy Equipment Dealer Service program at South Georgia Technical College (SGTC) in Americus, GA. The 2-year program is a part of the Caterpillar’s ThinkBIG service technician training program.

The ThinkBIG program offers 2 tracks:



Heavy Equipment Diesel Tech

Heavy Equipment Diesel Technician performs jobs involving servicing and repair of earthmoving and related equipment. The technicians have the ability to perform the tasks on basic components including engine, hydraulic, transmission, and electrical components: remove and install; disassemble and reassemble; and perform minor adjustments.



Electric Power Generation Tech

EPG Technicians service, repair, and install mechanical and electrical components of industrial generators and related equipment. EPG Technicians work on various types of equipment that include internal diesel and gasoline engines, natural and propane gas engines, transfer switches, switchgears, and control panels.



After completing 2-years of an 8-week rotational internship you will have an Associate’s Degree in Heavy Equipment Dealer Service Technology. During your rotations you will have sessions of classroom instructions and hands-on experience at the Caterpillar dealership.


Pre-Admission Testing

The ThinkBIG program is a college program that will require you to pass an entrance exam to be admitted into SGTC. The pre-admission test minimum scores required are below.

            Reading: 17; English: 16; Math: 19
            Reading: 450; Math: 440
            Reading: 79; Writing: 62; Algebra: 37
            Reading: 64; Sentence Skills: 70; Algebra: 57


How to Apply

To apply for the ThinkBIG program, contact the Thompson Corporate Recruiter.

            Corporate Recruiter: Jessica Winters 205-849-4303 or careers@thompsontractor.com


Paying for the Program

After you are enrolled into the program, Thompson covers the cost of tuition, books, lab fees and graduation fees for the full two years of the course of study. The cost of room and board, deposits as well as personal transportation will be yours to pay. However, during your paid internships you should earn enough money to cover these expenses.


Requirements for the ThingBIG Program

  • At least 18 years of age
  • High School Diploma or equivalent
  • Meet SGTC and Thompson Tractor admission and academic requirements
  • Interview with store Service Manager and Region Manager
  • Have a valid driver’s license and maintain a clean driving record
  • Submit to a post-offer pre-employment drug test and physical examination
  • Submit to a background check
  • Demonstrate commitment to the industry and profession


Students begin the program in August and complete it during June of the second year. The typical schedule shown below is what yours will look like during your two years in the ThinkBIG program. Each year’s dates change.

Aug 22: School Registration
Aug 24 - Oct 14: In the Classroom
Oct 19 - Dec 15: Shop Internship
Jan 10 - Mar 2: In the Classroom
Mar 12 - May 2: Shop Internship
May 31 - Aug 2: In the Classroom
Aug 24 - Oct 14: Shop Internship
Oct 19 - Dec 15: In the Classroom
Jan 10 - Mar 2: Shop Internship
Mar 12 - May 2: In the Classroom
Jun 2: Graduation


 Class of 2018 ThinkBIG students and mentors!