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Returning Professionals Program (RPP)

Location East Peoria, Illinois, United States of America / Chillicothe, Illinois, United States of America
Date Posted
Contract Type Full time
Job Type Fixed Term - Temporary (Fixed Term)
[Requisition ID] R0000168883

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Job Description:

Your Work Shapes the World at Caterpillar Inc.

When you join Caterpillar, you're joining a global team who cares not just about the work we do – but also about each other.  We are the makers, problem solvers, and future world builders who are creating stronger, more sustainable communities. We don't just talk about progress and innovation here – we make it happen, with our customers, where we work and live. Together, we are building a better world, so we can all enjoy living in it.

Returning Professionals Program (RPP) – Engineering

Are you an engineer at heart (by degree or experience), but not currently working in an engineering role? Have you taken a career break to raise a family, care for a loved one or simply taken time out to travel or achieve another life goal? Ready to return to the profession?  Our Returning Professionals Program (RPP) may be just what you are looking for!


Caterpillar values your perspective and experience, which is why we'll welcome you into our workplace with a career re-entry program designed for anyone ready to restart their careers after taking a break from the workforce.

We're developing the solutions that help our customers build a better sustainable world. Working alongside our industry leaders and technical experts as a Returning Professional, you'll have the opportunity to:

  • Work on exciting and meaningful projects

  • Collaborate with our global team

  • Gain exposure to cross-functional career areas

  • Develop and refine professional skills

  • Access training, coaching & support. We will help you reconnect with the industry and the workplace

  • Flexibility, we will strive to match a role that meets both your career and personal needs

  • Connect and innovate with a team that is building a better world

  • Develop products and services that help fulfil society’s basic needs – such as shelter, clean water, education and reliable energy – in a sustainable way. 

  • Competitive remuneration based on skills and experience

Program duration:  2 Years

Program location:  Multiple positions available at Caterpillar facilities based in Mossville, IL and Peoria, IL.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Degree or relevant experience in a Science, Mathematics, Engineering or Field customer facing discipline

  • Previous related engineering experience

  • Currently on a career break

Top candidate may also have experience with (depending on the specific position):

  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills

  • Previous analysis, design, or system engineering experience

  • Experience enhancing team creativity; facilitating team cooperation

  • Project management experience

  • Relevant foundational product or service development experience, such as:

    • Conceptual design

    • Development of product and/or process

    • Data analysis & extraction

    • Failure resolution & prevention

    • Requirements management

    • Commercial Acumen

    • Creo, Pro/E or solid modeling

    • Embedded Software

    • Electrical / Electronic Hardware Design 

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Relocation assistance is available for this position.  

EEO/AA Employer. All qualified individuals – including minorities, females, veterans and individuals with disabilities – are encouraged to apply.

Visa Sponsorship is not available for this position. This employer is not currently hiring foreign national applicants that require or will require sponsorship tied to a specific employer, such as, H, L, TN, F, J, E, O. As a global company, Caterpillar offers many job opportunities outside of the U.S which can be found through our employment website at

EEO/AA Employer.  All qualified individuals - Including minorities, females, veterans and individuals with disabilities - are encouraged to apply.

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