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Greater Peoria, IL
Greater Peoria, IL

Experimental Equipment Mechanic (R&D)



East Peoria, IL, USA
Posted on Thursday, November 16, 2023

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Caterpillar products set the standard for the industry with the continual evolution of existing product, design, and launch of new products and the integration of leading-edge technologies. A significant component of our design and test process is to put equipment into operation as it would be on a jobsite.

*** $1,500.00 New Hire Signing Bonus! ***Permanent Hire

Learning: We offer additional training and opportunities to help grow your career into validation testing. We will offer up to 10% of your time to take training to learn about validation testing, data analysis, advanced troubleshooting, and other skills to help you advance to the next level.

What you can expect: If you enjoy operating, testing and troubleshooting heavy equipment, we have a great opportunity for you as an Experimental Mechanic (R&D) at our Peoria Proving Ground. As an Experimental Mechanic, 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.

Basic Qualifications:

  • 5 years of experience & demonstrated skill in heavy equipment repair, assembly, and disassembly in agriculture, military, or construction industries

  • OR a combination of education and experience as a diesel mechanic with heavy equipment/vehicles, construction or related large equipment and/or semi-tractors.

  • Military diesel and heavy equipment expertise in combination with either of the above acceptable

SEE Further job duties below position details

Top Candidate Will Bring:

  • Two-year technical degree within the disciplines of automotive technology, agricultural technology, heavy equipment technology, or diesel mechanic technology.

  • 5 years of mechanic work experience in the construction equipment or farming machinery industry.

Let's Get To The Details

Shift: 1st Shift, Monday-Friday

Hours: 7:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Location: Peoria, IL - Peoria Proving Grounds

What We Offer

Compensation Offered: $29.41HR; Grade 5 with overtime options, UAW.

Benefits: Day 1 benefits

Time Off: Vacation, Holidays, Personal/Y Time

Other Details: Alternative work schedules available, Cafeteria, ample parking, uniform options

Additional day-to-day details:

  • Assemble the entire prototype machine

  • Perform the buildup of sub-assemblies that include modifications to current production models, or minor changes to a configuration in preparation for machine test activity

  • Reading blueprints, sketches, computer generated models, and written instructions from the supervisor or engineers.

  • Plan the method and sequence of the assembly.

  • Operate hand tools, portable power tools, power presses, simple machine tools, and the powered crane to assemble parts into a complete unit, making alterations and hand fitting parts when necessary.

  • Utilize various precision gaging tools to check accuracy of assembly and fitting operations.

Operate machine/device to check assembly and performance.

  • Make suggestions concerning methods of overcoming difficulties encountered in assembly/disassembly, reasons for parts failure, possible changes in design to correct failure or dismantling of the test.

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

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