The Heavy Equipment Dealers Service Technology associate degree program is a sequence of courses designed to prepare students for careers in the heavy equipment service and repair profession, specifically for Caterpillar dealers. The program utilizes a curriculum (ThinkBIG) developed by Caterpillar, Inc. and is currently utilized by 19 colleges throughout the world. Learning opportunities in the classroom, lab and internships enable students to develop academic, technical and professional knowledge and skills required for job acquisition, retention, and advancement. The program emphasizes a combination of heavy equipment, engines and a minor emphasis on marine propulsion systems and power generator repair theory and practical application necessary for successful employment. Program graduates receive a Heavy Equipment Dealers Service Technology associate degree that qualifies them as entry-level heavy equipment technicians.