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Caterpillar, Inc. Leadership & Technical Development Program (LTDP) – Operations Leadership in Illinois

Career Area:

Manufacturing & Supply Chain

Job Description:


Caterpillar hires top talent — and this program is all about developing the next generation of industry leaders and technical experts in our order to delivery function. The purpose of Caterpillar’s LTDP is to harness your ability and energy, and invest in you through training and development opportunities so that you may not only fulfill your personal career and development ambition, but provide excellent service to Caterpillar and especially, Caterpillar customers.

You will gain a wealth of experience while in the development program in roles focused on quality, manufacturing engineering, supply chain planning, logistics, operations supervision, supplier quality and more! LTDP offers you a broad exposure to Caterpillar, presents diverse project responsibilities, engages you in global teams, provides cross-functional job experiences, and includes valuable networking opportunities with all levels of Caterpillar leadership.

The LTDP program is a three-year rotational development program, consisting of three 1-year rotational assignments throughout the United States in different participating facilities. Assignments are based on business needs and provide on-the-job learning with challenging deliverables. Relocation is a requirement to join the program, and required throughout the program as you maneuver in and out of different positions during the diverse rotational assignments. Upon completion of the program, LTDP graduates are placed in an assignment that continues to demand technical and leadership excellence gained through the program.

Relocation benefits are offered to those who qualify.

Those interested in joining the Leadership and Technical Development Program in our Operations Leadership track must meet the following requirements for further consideration:

  • A current student, or recent grad, attending a 4-year accredited university/college earning a minimum Bachelors’ degree in one of the following degree programs:

Agricultural Engineering | Agricultural Systems Management | Chemical Engineering | Electrical Engineering | Engineering Management | General Engineering | Industrial Engineering/Technology | Manufacturing Systems | Manufacturing Engineering/Technology | Materials Science Engineering | Mechanical Engineering/Technology | Operations Management | Technical Systems Management

  • Cumulative GPA of 2.8/4.0 scale (no rounding)

  • Graduation date between December 2021 and May 2022

  • Willing to relocate and travel according to business needs, upon hire and throughout the three-year program

Top Candidates will also possess:

  • Previous relevant work experience or internship in manufacturing, supply chain or operations industry

  • Technically savvy

  • Leadership involvement in campus outreach, community service and/or extracurricular activities

  • Relevant coursework and/or projects

  • Strong teamwork, interpersonal and communication skills

  • Ability to exhibit of critical thinking, analytical skills, and initiative

  • Demonstrated knowledge of order to delivery, engineering and/or manufacturing principles

Caterpillar is not currently hiring individuals for this position who now or in the future require sponsorship for employment based non-immigrant and immigrant visas. However, as a global company, Caterpillar offers many job opportunities outside of the U.S. which can be found through our employment website www.Caterpillar.com/careers.

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

Relocation is available for this position.

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

There’s more to work at Caterpillar than just the work itself. We hire smart, friendly people and it shows in our culture. We hold ourselves to high standards and make sure our values of integrity, excellence, teamwork, commitment and sustainability come to life in the way we work. We make sure our employees feel continuously challenged while also supported. We provide professional growth opportunities, including leadership programs. We celebrate the diversity of our team, while also working together as one Caterpillar.

Our culture, like everything at our company, is made possible by each employee’s contribution. Person by person, we create the environment we work in, and we are proud of the Caterpillar we’ve built.