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Greater Peoria, IL
Greater Peoria, IL

Heavy Equipment Operator (R&D)



East Peoria, IL, USA
Posted on Saturday, August 26, 2023

Career Area:

Manufacturing & Supply Chain

Job Description:

Your Work Shapes the World at Caterpillar Inc.

When you join Caterpillar, you're joining a global team who cares not just about the work we do – but also about each other. We are the makers, problem solvers, and future world builders who are creating stronger, more sustainable communities. We don't just talk about progress and innovation here – we make it happen, with our customers, where we work and live. Together, we are building a better world, so we can all enjoy living in it.

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.

Caterpillar is, and will remain, a global leader. All of our achievements—our ability to power the world’s infrastructure, our cutting-edge products and services and our world-class supply chain—are only possible because we employ the very best talent. Work with the best!

*** $1,500.00 Signing Bonus! ***

What We Offer:

  • Full Benefits

  • Generous Time Off

  • Union Participation- UAW

  • Performance Bonus

  • Competitive Compensation (see below)

A significant component of our design and test process is to put equipment into operation as it would be on a jobsite. If you enjoy operating, testing and troubleshooting heavy equipment, we have a great opportunity for you as a Heavy Equipment Operator at our Peoria Proving Grounds, you will perform expert engineering evaluations and/or testing on various models of construction equipment or other product lines while using safe work practices. This may also include utilizing your expertise and advanced skills to lead projects and/or teams to complete site work in support of engineering tests or facility work.

Specifically, you can expect to:

  • Perform operational evaluations of major equipment systems including but not limited to engine, transmission, final drive, hydraulics, electrical, etc.

  • Read Safe Job Procedures, Standard Test Procedures, and work orders for directions and safe operating practices.

  • Evaluate performance characteristics, serviceability, and safety aspects of all equipment.

  • Communicate through verbal and written reports with engineers, technical staff, visitors, customers and other employees.

  • Maintain field test sites, roadways, and drainage.

  • Perform onsite demonstrations, test work, and required training

  • Travel is less than 10%

The successful candidate must bring (basic qualifications):

  • Minimum 5 years of continuous experience in advanced earth moving heavy equipment concepts and equipment applications.

  • Advanced heavy construction equipment operating skills, knowledge of field applications, ability to diagnose application problems, and the potential to deal successfully with new concepts and analytical requirements.

  • Expert operating proficiency on at least 2 Heavy Equipment product lines.

  • Willingness and ability to travel up to 10% of the time.

Top candidates will bring:

  • 10 years of experience in advanced earth moving concepts and equipment applications, preferably in the heavy equipment industry outside of Caterpillar

  • Basic computer data entry and word processing

  • Prior experience setting up and running machines with GPS, Accugrade, UTS, andment Laser equipment

  • Commitment to safety always

  • Ability to follow written and oral directions

  • Ability to interact in a positive and professional manner with internal and external customers

  • Ability to communicate effectively with the technical staff, visitors and customers

  • Lift up to 75 lbs. / 35 lbs. frequently

Additional Information:

Compensation: $34.36HR

Shift: First Shift

Hours: 07:00AM- 3:00PM

Location: East Peoria, IL

Relocation assistance is not available for this position. ISE is not available for this position.

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

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

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