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2023 Engineering Rotational Development - Product Development Track Program (ERDP) -

Location Illinois, United States of America
Date Posted
Contract Type Full time
Job Type Regular
Requisition ID R0000176624

Career Area:


Job Description:

Your Impact 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.

About the Rotational Program:

The Engineering Rotational Development Program (ERDP) is all about developing the next generation of industry leaders and technical experts. The purpose of Caterpillar’s Engineering Rotational Development Program is to harness your ability and further develop you through rotational assignments and learning opportunities so that you may not only fulfill your career goals but provide excellent service to Caterpillar and its customers.

Our Engineering Rotational Development Program enhances the experience of engineering graduates transitioning from student to full-time engineer. You’ll join a team with diverse project responsibilities and have valuable networking opportunities with all levels of Caterpillar employees.

Applicants will be considered for positions throughout the United States.

Please attach your resume and an unofficial copy of your transcript to your application.

The Product Development track is a 12-18-month entry level rotational program focused on building technical abilities in roles including (but not limited to):

Design & Development

This category encompasses a number of exciting opportunities, including:
Develop and deploy technology into products and services to deliver customer value.
Brainstorm concepts for new components, systems, methods to power and propel equipment and much more.  Partner with simulation and test experts to vet your concepts, then see them progress through our manufacturing facilities to a final product ready to help our customers build a better world.
Take a design engineer’s concept and put it to work to collect data, verify performance, and contribute to design enhancements.  Our test engineers “play” in both the lab and field environments (giant sandbox, anyone?) and have access to advanced equipment and tools.

Analysis & Simulation
Develop and apply advanced computational models to understand, verify, and improve the design of components, systems, products, and processes

Electronics & Software
This category encompasses several exciting opportunities centered on delivering control, service, automation, and autonomous systems in Caterpillar products, including:
Design and develop electronic systems, software, and components
Verify and validate electronic systems, software, and components
Research and integrate the latest electronics and software technologies into future electronic systems

Basic Qualifications:

*  Currently attending a 4-year accredited university/college or have completed an Engineering, Engineering Technology, or Computer Science Degree

*  Minimum cumulative Grade Point Average of 3.0/4.0 (no rounding) at current institution

*  Expected graduation date December 2021 - August 2023

*  Must be willing to travel and relocate domestically

Top candidates will also have:

*  Involvement with a campus design/competition teams or related experience

*  Project or Team Leadership experience

*  Previous technical internship/co-op or relevant experience

*  Excellent interpersonal and communication skills

Additional Information:

Relocation is available

Sponsorship is NOT available for this position


Base salary for undergraduates ranges from $75,900 to $113,856. The base salary for graduate and PhD level candidates ranges from $83,280 to $137,844. Actual salary will be based on degree, completed degree level and prior internship experience at Caterpillar . The total rewards package, beyond base salary includes:

Employee benefit details:

Annual incentive bonus plan *

Medical, dental, and vision coverage

Paid time off plan (Vacation, Holiday, Volunteer, Etc.)

401k savings plan

Health savings account (HSA)

Flexible spending accounts (FSAs)

Short and long-term disability coverage,

Life Insurance

Paid parental leave

Healthy Lifestyle Programs

Employee Assistance Programs

Voluntary Benefits (Ex. Accident,  Identity Theft Protection)

*Subject to annual eligibility and incentive plan guidelines .

Final details:

Please frequently check the email associated with your application, including the junk/spam folder, as this is the primary correspondence method. If you wish to know the status of your application – please use the candidate log-in on our career website as it will reflect any updates to your status.

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 .

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Relocation is available for this position.

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

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