Ohio Cat is the exclusive Caterpillar dealer for the Ohio, Northern Kentucky, and Southeastern Indiana region providing a comprehensive construction equipment product line with unparalleled customer service. Ohio Cat seeks to support and develop the construction industry’s workforce with highly qualified men and women who feel fulfilled and invigorated by the opportunity to pursue a career in construction. Attracting and retaining high-quality workers impacts nearly every aspect of Ohio Cat, from the customer relationships to internal culture to high-quality work performance, and their dedication to people begins well before the hiring process.
To that end, Ohio Cat is an active supporter of I Build America – Ohio, whose mission of generating pride and respect for the construction industry goes hand-in-hand with Ohio Cat’s own mission of becoming a top-performing, dynamic industry leader and partner-of-choice for their customers. Ohio Cat routinely engages in trainings, presentations, and outreach efforts to engage youth across Ohio and encourages them to consider a future in the construction industry. From school career days to regularly scheduled Open Houses, Ohio Cat actively creates awareness for the construction industry workforce in the community. Online, Ohio Cat continues to support I Build America Ohio by presenting the organization on their corporate website, supporting and sharing their social media posts, and fostering ongoing engagement with the organization by encouraging employees to share I Build America Ohio with their friends, family, neighbors, and prospective employees
Ohio Cat, along with many others, promotes attractive career opportunities in the construction industry. I Build America – Ohio highlights the importance of working together to support our nation’s ongoing infrastructure needs and the growing demand to attract more students into construction careers. With varied opportunities that fit a broad set of interests — including laborers, architects, project managers, technicians, and equipment operators—students have many different roles in the construction industry to work towards and unlimited future paths to consider.
A large number of service technicians are hired at Ohio Cat, and the Caterpillar Think Big program was designed around providing students training and college education, then hiring them full time for a career as a service technician. Training and education are critical first steps to any successful skilled career, and Ohio Cat is proud of its Think BIG Internship—a collaborative effort from Ohio Cat and Owens Community College in Perrysburg, OH. The Think BIG Program has one singular goal: to produce high-caliber, specialized technicians, eager to hit the ground running as Cat Dealer Service Technicians.
Ohio Cat also offers the Ohio Ag Equipment Technician Internship Program. Graduates of the program receive their Associate Degree in Agriculture Equipment Technology at UNOH, and sponsored students will earn a potential offer of employment at Ohio Ag Equipment.
Many career paths lead students to begin their professional lives with tens of thousands of dollars of school loan debt. To help students find another way to begin a career without the burden of debt, the Think Big program offers scholarships, giving graduates of the program the ability to earn a decent living and plan for their futures rather than work hard to get out from under huge debt. In addition, entering the construction field connects young adults just starting their careers with projects that support community growth, including work for local organizations, schools, and hospitals. The message from I Build America – Ohio shows that a career in construction is exciting and rewarding. Ohio Cat is working to share this message within the Ohio Cat territory as well as in the communities in which its employees work and live.