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Laboratory Support Technologist

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Location: Washington, IL, United States
Date Posted: Nov 25, 2020

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What does it mean to live the Caterpillar Experience?

It means you play a part in building a better world. You contribute to a winning culture—a spirit of accountability—that has driven change on every continent for more than 90 years. To work with us is a commitment to improve sustainability, invent for the digital age and innovate in order to bring solutions to millions of people. Sure, you work for Caterpillar. But more importantly, you 

work for the good of your career, your family, your community and your world.

As a company, we will take on every challenge that faces us, just as we have in the past. We will continue to lead in our industries because of employees like you. You’re here on purpose, with a purpose. Your work builds the world. You build what matters.

If you like being on the leading edge of product development and improvement, we have an exciting opportunity for you to join Caterpillar as a Laboratory/Support Technician supporting the development of our Earthmoving machines.

As the Laboratory/Support Technician, you can expect to:
  • Apply strain gages, thermocouples, slip rings, and telemetry to machine components in order to ensure on-time delivery, functionality, and quality in support of multiple facilities. 
  • Coordinating and prioritizing workload and maintaining inventory needed for daily throughput in the lab. 
  • Training and document on items that fall into the strain gage area of expertise. 
  • Application of instruments, troubleshooting, and calibrating machines & components when additional support is needed.


To be successful in this role, you must bring (Basic Qualifications):

  • A 2 or 4-year Degree in STEM or applicable military or industry training in electronics or measurement
  • 5 years’ instrumentation experience applying strain gauges, thermocouples, slip rings, and telemetry to machine components including rotating shafts, pins, and bolts
  • 5 years’ experience weatherproofing and protecting gages on machine components against harsh outdoor conditions
  • 5 years’ experience soldering strain gauges & wire harnesses
  • 5 years’ experience calibrating strain-gaged components using eDaq data acquisition, Strainer load indicator, and Fluke multimeter hardware
  • Excellent knowledge of strain theory
  • Advanced electronics troubleshooting skills to repair strain-gaged components
  • Ability to read machining prints and schematics
  • Basic computer skills using Microsoft software including Word, Excel, Power Point, Outlook, & Teams
  • Physically able to climb safely on and off large earth moving equipment.
Top candidates will also bring:
  • Experience teaching/mentoring others in strain theory and application
  • Knowledge of component and transducer applications on test machines
  • Experience operating cranes & forklifts
  • Experience using DAT-K for data analysis and interpretation
  • Understanding of the theory of sensors, transducers, thermocouples, and strain gages
  • Aggressive approach to new technologies in the area of strain gages and their applications
  • Capable of communicating technical needs with peers, engineers, mechanics, and operators
  • Project management and organization experience
  • Experience with work order management
Relocation assistance is not available for this position.
ISE assignment is not 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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Nov 25, 2020


United States