Can't find what you're looking for?

Join our Talent Network
Join our Talent Network

Caterpillar Apprentice - Part-Time

This job posting is no longer active.

Location: Clayton, NC, United States
Date Posted: Apr 2, 2020

Share: mail

Job Description



Thousands of Caterpillar employees come into work every day. While they perform their daily tasks, they’re really contributing to the work of a powerful global team. At Caterpillar, we know that innovation happens step-by-step, piece-by-piece, person-by-person. Everyone has a vital role to play at our organization. Modest, small projects can grow and evolve into groundbreaking, world-changing technologies, machines, services and more through collaboration and teamwork in a diverse and inclusive work environment.

At Caterpillar, we are looking for Apprentices who will play a key role in the future of our company. There are endless opportunities for those willing to work hard and progress within the organization.


The Clayton Apprenticeship Program is approximately a three-year program where apprentices will work part-time at Caterpillar and take classes part-time at Johnston Community College (JCC). Candidates must also apply and be accepted into JCC to be eligible for the Apprenticeship Program. During the program, apprentices will have job rotations in both Operations as a Product Assembler and in Logistics as a Warehouse Associate. Successful candidates who complete the Clayton Apprenticeship Program will receive: an Associate’s Degree from JCC in Applied Engineering, Journeyman status in a specific trade and a full-time Caterpillar position.


This position works under general supervision, reporting to a Section Manager.

  • As a product assembler, you will work to assemble/test parts, components, or systems for BCP machines according to the specified work orders. 
  • As a warehouse associate, you will perform the material handling and warehousing functions required in the receiving processing, storing, moving, packing and shipping of parts, materials, equipment and supplies at the Clayton/ Smithfield, NC facility.

 Product Assembler job duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Requires an assembly, mechanical or electronic aptitude with a good working knowledge of assembly practices
  • Uses various tools provided in the work area to perform assembly duties
  • Use of lifting devices to move heavy components of weights of more than 35 lbs.
  • Rotation to various positions within the Job Function area to perform related activities.
  • Follows documented procedures standard work, routings, and blueprints to perform safe and defect free assembly and adjustment of components and prime product.
  • Perform other related work duties as assigned.
  • Follows and utilizes CPS principles of 5S, Continuous Improvement Idea Reporting, Waste Elimination, and Standard Work.
  • Keeps work area in a clean and orderly condition.
  • Contributing team member with effective communications skills


Warehouse Associate job duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Performs the material handling and warehousing functions required in the receiving, processing, storing, moving, packing, and shipping of parts, materials equipment and supplies. 
  • Works from a variety of source documents to verify quantities, count parts, fill orders, package parts, etc. 
  • Uses machines for weighing, banding, wrapping, packaging, stenciling, etc. 
  • Performs related and/or specialized clerical duties and resolves discrepancies as required. 
  • Maintains related clerical records and operates computer terminal to access and update information for receiving, counting and order processing.  
  • Uses mobile equipment (Reach Truck, Forklift Stand up/Sit down, Tugger, etc.) to facilitate job functions as required.  Reports defects and need for repairs. 
  • Other tasks as assigned.

Seeking team members interested in helping build the foundation of a positive team focused culture while safely building quality machines. 


Basic Qualifications:

  • Previous work or volunteer experience

Physical Requirements (with or without reasonable accommodation):

  • Ability to sit or stand for prolonged periods
  • Ability to perform repetitive operations
  • Ability to lift up to 35 lbs. for intervals of 15-30 minutes
  • Must be able to work at heights of up to 20 feet from the floor
  • Must be able to work in an environment with frequently changing temperatures

Top candidates will also have:

  • Previous heavy equipment or machine assembly experience (ie: small wheel loader) a plus but not required
  • Ability to read/write and interpret documents
  • Caterpillar product knowledge
  • Basic computer skills such as operating a computer in a Windows based environment
  • Experience working in a team based environment. 

Additional Information:  This is an hourly role located in Clayton, NC.  No relocation benefits are available. Pay starts at $10.60 an hour. 


Please ensure you frequently check the e-mail account you provided on your application, including the junk/spam folder, as this is the primary correspondence method in our recruiting process.



Caterpillar is not currently hiring individuals for this position who now or in the future require sponsorship for employment visa status; however, as a global company, Caterpillar offers many job opportunities outside of the U.S. which can be found through our employment website at

Share: mail

Job Info

Apr 2, 2020


United States