Job Opening at Caterpillar

Caterpillar Inc has an open position for an Entry Level Engineer in the Engineering Development Program. The job posting is open from 4 – 11 February 2016.
If interested, apply at

Search for Job Number: 160000TH
2016 Engineering Development Program – New Professional Track – Professional Product Development Track – (Job Number: 160000TH)
The Engineering Development Program (EDP) is a flexible twelve month program that addresses the onboarding needs of engineers and technologists hired directly into their full time positions.
*This is an Entry Level position to transition a recent college graduate into a full time Engineering role.*


JOB PURPOSE: As an entry level, engineering degreed position, job assignments are planned to provide experience and familiarization with the technical staff, methods, practices and programs of the company and assigned area.

JOB DUTIES: The key role of this entry level engineering position is to learn and assist: to gain an understanding of Caterpillar’s business, products, systems and procedures; to learn and develop skills which result from the practical application of basic engineering knowledge; and to provide assistance to a project team or others in the work group. Projects will usually be of short duration and work results will affect those working on the same project or assignment. Typically, decisions will impact routine, low risk issues that may affect the project team, suppliers or internal customers. Challenges include applying theory, learning procedures and understanding the technology.

Associate Engineers may work in any number of functional areas requiring an engineering degree, including, but not limited to, product design, development, research, metallurgy, quality, reliability, materials, manufacturing process, application and installation, product performance/support, service and facilities.

Key areas of responsibility encountered in this role may include any or all of the following: perform needs analysis and initiate ideas; evaluate new products, processes or systems; communicate results to customers, suppliers, team members, and other business units; contribute to the design of new products and processes; perform product and process maintenance; support other engineers, managers, marketing personnel, customers and suppliers.

Attention to detail is critical. Uses readily available clear and direct references and provides straightforward solutions to problems. Collects and evaluates data and develops plans for assignments. Associate Engineers may expect to have direct contact with other team members, customers and suppliers.

Associate Engineers must manage their own development, continuously learning through experience and staying abreast of technology changes. Learning will focus on methods, processes and systems applied to engineering functions, key engineering skills, practical application of theory, communications and building a knowledge of Caterpillar’s products, suppliers and customers.

Get to Know Carol Weber, Your Region H Lieutenant Governor!

Prism_Weber_photoCarol is a Life Member and part of the SWE-Central Illinois Section, where she has served in various leadership positions since being a founding member of the Section which was chartered in FY93.  Most recently she has held the position of Section Representative to the Region H Council for FY13-FY14. This is Carol’s 2nd year as Region H Lt. Governor. On the Society level, she has served as a member of the Program Development Grant committee FY14-FY15, Finance Committee FY15-FY16, and has been a judge for freshman scholarships FY13-FY15. At WE14, Carol was honored to receive the inaugural SWE Prism award.

Carol has a BS degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin – Platteville. She has also completed the Management for the 21st Century Certificate program at Bradley University and is a Certified 6 Sigma Black Belt.  Carol has worked at Caterpillar Inc. for 25+ years in all areas of product development.  She is currently working as the Technology Readiness Leader for the Automation & Enterprise Solutions Research in the Research & Advanced Engineering Department of the Product Development & Global Technology Division.  

Carol lives in Germantown Hills, IL with her husband, Brian and their two Golden Retrievers, Beau & Luke.  Carol and Brian have two adult children, Alyson & Matthew, and as a family they enjoy spending time together traveling to their favorite skiing destinations.

Why did you apply for Region H Lieutenant Governor?

I applied for Lt Governor because after re-engaging
with SWE leadership and participating with the Region Council, I wanted an opportunity to work with the collegiate team and help provide guidance and mentoring to the RCT.

What does SWE mean to you?

SWE has been an important part of my life.  When I was just starting out in my career at Caterpillar, I was the only technical woman in my group.  My SWE friends were my lifeline in providing support and encouragement to continue in my career.  I have had the chance to meet some wonderful women through my SWE Network and to reconnect with them at the Society conference is always energizing.  SWE has helped me get to where I am today in my career and I don’t what I would have done without my SWE network.

SWE Logo Coordinator- Abbey

IMG_0165Hi, my name is Abbey Buehler and I’m a sophomore Civil Engineering major and Business Studies minor at Bradley University. Over the summer, I was an intern for the Village of Gurnee and I hope to do the same next summer! I’m most excited for my trip to Ghana, Africa over winter break with the organization Saha Global to set up a clean drinking water business for a small village. This year I will be the publicity chair for my SWE section and I can’t wait for all the fun activities, conferences, and professional events. It’s gonna be a great year!

Region Collegiate Membership Coordinator- Kelsey

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Hey there, thanks for checking out our blog! I’m Kelsey. I’m a sophomore in mechanical engineering at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, Go Gophers! I’m originally from Columbia, Missouri, home to the University of Missouri where I explored my very first lab as a high school intern preparing gland cells for research. I found my passion for engineering a few years prior to that in middle school when a group of engineers visited one of my classes. As the Collegiate Membership Coordinator for Region H (RCMC) and one of the lead outreach directors for SWE at the University of Minnesota I hope to inspire girls to get involved in STEM fields like those engineers inspired me. In addition to my involvement in SWE I work in the Medical Robotic Device Lab at the U of M, squishing tissue and other technical things like that. In my free time I enjoy baking cookies with obscene amounts of chocolate and scrapbooking. I also love traveling, hiking, and I’m an avid Cardinals baseball fan. This year I’m looking forward to meeting SWEeties in other collegiate sections and encouraging kids to stay curious and explore science at outreach events.- Kelsey Harper


Region H will host its inaugural research poster session at the upcoming regional conference to help region members participating in research programs gain experience presenting their work. We are looking for undergrad and graduate posters and we will need online and on-site judges from academia and industry.

It is necessary that students with research experience get as much practice as possible in presenting their research in a clear and concise manner for any audience. This session will allow students to share their research through a research poster. Students must explain the most important details of their research while also including high-level importance of the project overall. Participants will gain valuable experience in presenting their work, and conference attendees will have the opportunity to learn about exciting research by members of Region H.

Students, please sign up online via this link:

Judges, please sign up via this link:

•    Abstract Judges please sign up by January 25th.
•    Students need to submit their 500 word abstracts by January 30th.
•    Judges will review the abstracts to determine which posters qualify to compete at the conference.
•    Qualifying posters will receive a notice by February 10th.
•    On-Site judges need to sign up by February 20th.
•    Students may set up their posters Friday night of conference or Saturday morning.
•    On-site judging will occur anytime from 1:30 to 5 on Saturday the 27.
•    Winners will be announced at the awards banquet on Saturday evening.

We will award prizes for first place in both of the undergrad and graduate categories.  For this first year of competition, a $30 stipend will be available for all participants to offset the cost of printing their poster. Participants must include their mailing address when submitting their abstract.

General conference info:

Please direct any questions regarding this poster competition to Elizabeth Wohlford 

Scholarship Applications

Do you like FREE money? If so, scholarships are for you! There are endless opportunities for everyone. Don’t know where to look? Here are some great options:

Here are the Top 3 Tips to remember when applying:

  1. Apply- You can’t win if you don’t apply.
  2. Grammar is important. Make your application look neat and professional. You don’t want your application to stand out because the evaluation committee can’t believe how many spelling and grammar errors you have.
  3. Provide all application materials & submit on time. Make sure you triple check that your application is complete. Every application is different and may require different supporting documents.

Be on the lookout for scholarships. Many scholarships are open now and will need to be submitted within the next couple of weeks. Don’t wait until May to apply. Many scholarships have deadlines of March 1st (along with the FAFSA!). Don’t miss out on FREE money!

Region Collegiate Financial Mentor- Rachel

SWE Picture(400x460).jpgRachel Kagan is a Sophomore double majoring in Chemical Engineering and Chemistry at the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities.  Rachel joined the Society of Women Engineers during her freshman year, serving as Recruitment and Retention Director.  She is serving as a Career Fair Director this year to assist with running the University’s Fall Career Fair.  Rachel recently took on the role of Region H Collegiate Financial Mentor. Beyond classes and her involvement in SWE, Rachel serves as Treasurer for Innovative Engineers and works on the Blade Design Team to design a low cost, efficient wind turbine to implement in Nicaragua.  She is a student researcher in the Azarin Lab within the Department of Chemical Engineering and Material Science. Rachel worked at a STEM Academy camp during the summer teaching first through fifth graders about engineering and computer programming.  She is looking forward to working as a Production Management Engineer at Cargill in Iowa Falls, Iowa in a co-op beginning in January of 2016.