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Associate Engineer - Engineering Rotational Development Program (ERDP)

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Location: Clayton, NC, United States
Date Posted: Oct 9, 2020

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Caterpillar hires top talent - and the Building Construction Products (BCP) Division’s Engineering Rotational Development Program (ERDP) is all about developing the next generation of industry leaders and technical experts.  The purpose of our ERDP is to harness your ability and further develop you through rotational assignments and learning opportunities so that you may not only fulfill your career ambition, but provide excellent service to Caterpillar and its customers.

Our ERDP offers a broad exposure to a Fortune 50 Company, presents diverse project responsibilities, engages you in a global team, provides cross-functional job experiences, and includes valuable networking opportunities with all levels of Caterpillar leadership. This program provides the foundation for future success of Caterpillar's engineers, technologists and technical professionals.

As an Associate Engineer (Engineering Rotational Development Program), you will have the opportunity to learn from and contribute to a cooperative team in the design of new and current global products and processes. In this entry-level engineering position, you will build your technical expertise while learning product development through practical application and staying abreast of innovative technology. You will also build your professional network, engage with peers and receive guidance from mentors in the field.

The ERD track is a 12-24 month rotational program designed to expose entry-level design engineers to different functional areas within BCP. During the program, engineers will spend three to six months in various rotations with the rotations spanning areas of design, test, manufacturing, supply management and marketing.


BCP ERDs are hired for a specific position within engineering. They begin their employment with their team and return to that position at the end of the program.

Key areas or responsibility encountered in this role may include any or all of the following: evaluate new products, processes or systems; communicate results to customers, suppliers, team members, and other business units; contribute to the design of new products and processes; participate in product and process improvement projects, support other engineers, managers, marketing personnel, customers and suppliers.

If you are interested in applying for this position, please attach a copy of your resume and an unofficial copy of your transcripts, to your application.


Basic Qualifications:

  • Currently attending (or have recently completed in last 12 months) a 4-year accredited university/college or have completed a minimum Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering or Electrical and Computer Systems
  • Minimum cumulative Grade Point Average of 3.0/4.0 (no rounding) at current institution
  • Graduation date December 2020 – May 2021
  • Electrical systems, Electronic components and/or vehicle development, engineering, testing, validation

Top candidates will also have:

  • Leadership experience
  • Previous internship in Design/Test Role. Desire to work in electrical design
  • Involvement in Mini Baja, Formula, Quarter scale tractor, Robotics, etc. competition teams; Off Road, Military or Agricultural Machine / Systems design, test, validation or maintenance
  • Familiar with company policies and procedures

Relocation assistance is available for this position.


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

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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Oct 9, 2020


United States