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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.

Machine Tool Repair Technician - $5,000 Sign On Bonus

2nd & 3rd Shift- Starting pay $36.36/hour + 6 % Shift Premium

Location: Lafayette, Indiana

Medical/Dental/Vision/Life Insurance, Incentives/Bonus Opportunities, Matching 401k, available first day of employment. : Apply online and create a candidate account.


What matters most to you? Is it being part of a strong team? Supporting your family? Solving global problems? You can do these and more at Caterpillar; where your work enables progress around the globe, and you contribute to meaningful work. Together, we can build what matters!

Machine Tool Repair Technicians needed at The Large Power Systems Division located in Lafayette, IN . You will have responsibility to mechanically troubleshoot and repair complex domestic and foreign machine tools and related equipment, that perform milling, drilling, and grinding functions to cast iron and steel components. Applicant must possess the ability to troubleshoot and repair the several different types of machines and components.

Job Duties/ Responsibilities may include but are not limited to:

  • Examples of equipment to be repaired: Okuma, G&L, Mazak, Lamb, Landis (grinders), Waldrich Coburg, Ingersoll, Toyoda, DMG and a variety of others in the machine shop.

  • Example of related equipment: P&H cranes and hoists, conveyors, furnaces, washers, ABB robots.

  • Possess the ability to install, repair, and maintain hydraulic systems, ball screws, precision bearings, scraping principles, and a variety of other controllers on the machines in the machine shop.

  • Read and understand machine tool prints, work with tight tolerances.

  • Thorough understanding of leveling and alignment of machines, alignment of shafts, gearing, welding, lubrication principles, pipefitting, and tube bending.

  • Possess basic electrical skills and the ability to operate basic tools to complete the machine repair job.

  • Self-starter and self-motivated individual who works well individually in a team environment

  • Applicant must be willing to work overtime opportunities to support production demands.

Basic Qualifications:

  • This solicitation is not for a mechanical apprenticeship program.

  • Applicants must have successfully completed an approved mechanical apprenticeship program or possess extensive experience in the mechanical repair of machine tools and related equipment.

Top Candidate will also have:

  • Skilled and experienced with preventative and predictive maintenance practices and technology.

  • Metal fabrication skills.

  • Familiar with ball screw repair, repair of precision spindles, and ability to do precision laser alignments on machine tools.

  • Ability to communicate and build strong relationships with internal/external customers/stakeholders.

  • Strong commitment to safety and teamwork.

Physical Requirements:

  • Candidates for all positions must have the ability to work in a fast pace, medium to heavy duty assembly, technical environment.

  • Work may involve frequent bending, stooping, and kneeling, twisting, turning, climbing, and standing on concrete for 8+ hours.

  • All positions also require the ability to lift 40 pounds and withstand frequent repetitive movement of hands with a variety of tooling.

  • Must be able to work in heights and confirmed spaces

Additional Information:

  • Location of this position is in Lafayette, IN

  • Relocation assistance is not available for this position. Any relocation costs incurred would be the responsibility of the selected applicant.

  • Shift: 2nd Shift (3:30pm-11 :30pm) & 3 rd Shift (11:30pm-7:30am)

  • Please Attach an Updated Resume

Compensation & Benefits Offered!

  • Starting hourly pay rate of $ 36.36 plus 6% shift premium for off shift. Higher rates offered based on experience.

  • 18 days / 144 hours of paid Personal Time Off (PTO) - (Prorated based upon start date)

  • 11 Paid holidays

  • 100% 401k match up to 6%

  • Climate controlled work environment – most areas

  • Health, dental, vision, & life insurance effective first day of employment

  • Quarterly incentive program with potential for annual bonus

  • Clean/safe work environment

Please ensure you frequently check the e-mail account you provided on your application, including the spam/junk folder, as this is the primary correspondence method in our recruiting process.


Visa Sponsorship 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

Posting Dates:

July 10, 2024 - October 10, 2024

Any offer of employment is conditioned upon the successful completion of a drug screen.

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

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