ThinkBIG is a unique two-year associate degree program that combines college-level work and hands-on experience with designated mentor technicians in Cat dealer service facilities. Our students alternate every eight weeks between attending classes at Illinois Central College, in Peoria, Illinois and interning at Whayne Supply or Walker Machinery.



- Associate degree in Diesel Engine or Heavy Equipment Technology

- Tuition assistance up to $8,000

- Guidance from a designated mentor

- Earn up to $19,264 in internship wages through on-the-job training

- Up to $4,200 in tool vouchers


Don't wait. The application deadline is approaching quickly and you only have until February 1st to apply. 

Curious to learn more? Easy. Complete this short form to learn how you can become a Professional Diesel Engine Technician and get Whayne Supply and Walker Machinery to help pay for your education.

"ThinkBIG gave me on the job experience and a strong base knowledge of Cat machines and systems. Plus, working on a popular heavy equipment brand and for a company that’s been around for over 100 years is pretty cool."

- Devin, Class of 2017

- Devin, Class of 2017


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