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Greater Peoria, IL

Experimental Mechanic - Intern



mossville, il, usa
Posted on Saturday, September 16, 2023

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Job Description:

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Job Summary:

As a Research and Experimental Mechanic Intern at Caterpillar Inc., you will continuously improve process efficiency by performing the assembling, fitting, and adjusting and/or dismantling required in the construction or disassembly of experimental engines. Individuals will work on experimental, pre-production, postproduction, and legacy engines that range in size from 4.0 L to 340 L. This position is intended for students who are currently pursuing a Diesel Mechanic Technology degree.

Job Duties/Responsibilities:
Work is widely diversified without established procedures. Duties may involve:

  • Engineering theory and design.

  • Work from Pro-E models, VisView models, blueprints, and verbal instructions.

  • Assist install builds in various stages on both gaseous fuel and diesel type engines.

  • Fitting for cooling, air, hydraulic connections, and wiring harnesses for adaptation of the test device to the test machine.

  • Installing necessary test leads, thermocouples, cylinder pressure pick-up gauges, and instrumented test components as required performing the test.

  • Perform adjustments on valve train, gear train, fuel system, cooling system, and oil system.

  • Assembly of entire unit of a new design or the buildup of subassemblies.

  • Aid in the fabrication of intake and exhaust piping, instrumented fuel and cooling lines, and modified wiring harnesses

  • Incorporating improvements and developments in present production models.

  • Evaluate and determine reusability of engine hardware during engine builds.

  • Uses various precision gauging tools to check accuracy of assembly and fitting operations.
    Plans method and sequence of assembly.

  • Install and remove engines from a testing cell.

  • Uses all common mechanic's hand tools, portable power tools, power presses, simple machines tools, and powered crane to assemble parts into complete unit, making alterations and hand fitting parts when necessary.

  • Makes suggestions concerning methods of overcoming difficulties encountered in assembly/disassembly and reasons for parts failure.

  • Initiate possible changes in design to correct failure, and any other pertinent criticisms or data gained while performing assembly/disassembly or dismantling or construction.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Current participant in Diesel focused training program geographically local to Central Illinois. In good standing with your program director and ready for on-the-job training required for graduation.

Top Candidates May Have:

  • Tenacious desire to closely adhere to all safety regulations and policies, as well as robust incident prevention skills.

  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills.

  • Ability to think critically in difficult situations with minimal support or instruction.

  • Strong internal drive to succeed, combined with impeccable personal integrity and unflappable accountability for results.

Additional Information:

  • Shift: 1st shift

  • Hours: 7:00am-3:30pm Monday-Friday

  • Relocation assistance is not offered for this position.

  • Sponsorship is not available for this position.


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