WCTIP Frequently Asked Questions
WHERE IS THE TRAINING LOCATED?
Program training consists of two parts:
- Split curriculum training at a Warren CAT sponsored college – Midland College (Midland, TX), South Plains College (Levelland, TX) and Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology (Okmulgee, OK) – consisting of classroom instruction and hands-on-sessions lasting approximately two years. Visit a sponsoring college website for details on the program outlines and costs.
- A Warren CAT paid internship where you put your education to work. This is one of the most important elements of the program. The Warren CAT branches that currently sponsor students are located across northwestern Texas and all of Oklahoma.
WHERE WILL I LIVE WHILE I COMPLETE THE PROGRAM?
While attending the WCTIP, the sponsoring colleges will offer (at a cost) on-site, dorm-like campus housing for students attending classes. While performing your internship responsibilities, you will be working as close as possible to your hometown.
WHAT WILL I DO DURING MY INTERNSHIP?
During your internship, you will work directly with machines and engine-trained technicians, and learn how it feels to be a valuable member of the Warren CAT family. You will work with mentors in all areas of the dealership main shop. Students work while classes are not in session at school. This includes opportunities for extra hours and income during semester and holiday breaks when available.
WHAT TOOLING DO I NEED TO ACQUIRE?
We want to make sure you have the tooling necessary to be a successful Warren CAT Technician. A set of tooling is provided on site at the college and at the shop at the beginning of the program. Upon graduation of the WCTIP and after an offer of full-time employment is made, a Warren CAT Tool Allowance program is available to assist technicians in purchasing the required tools for employment.
WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS FOR ADMISSION INTO THE PROGRAM?
The requirements for WCTIP admission are as follows:
- Minimum GPA of 2.5
- Pass the basic mechanical aptitude testing requirements
- Have earned or will earn a high school diploma or equivalent
- Be 18 years of age or older by the time of your first internship
- Be able to meet college admission requirements, which include placement testing and an application and interview process with Warren CAT
- Pass a drug screening and physical
You must be accepted by both Warren CAT and your sponsoring college to participate in the WCTIP.
WHAT IS THE COST OF THE PROGRAM?
Warren CAT will pay for a portion of the tuition cost depending on the college you attend. You will also receive an hourly wage for all hours worked in the sponsoring branch. There are opportunities to make enough money during internships to pay for many of the costs associated with the program, including living expenses.
After applying for Financial Aid through your sponsoring college, Warren CAT will provide tuition assistance in your name. Payment is made directly to the school on your behalf, and requires that you maintain a 2.5 GPA.
Other costs associated with the program are:
- All other outstanding tuition expense above Warren CAT contributions
- All General Education textbooks
- Training aids and equipment for classroom and internship instruction
- Uniforms and safety glasses
- All uniform cleaning at the dealership
- All housing costs (if necessary) if you live within a 50-mile radius from the college
WHAT IS THE STUDENT SELECTION PROCESS?
Students who wish to become members of the Warren CAT Technician Internship Program should make application early in the spring semester (January – March) if possible. This allows time for processing financial aid packages, identification of preparatory class needs, sponsorship acquisition, etc.
The application process includes the following:
- Completed resume and/or contact information emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Completed college application for admission (visit the sponsoring college website for forms and details)*
- Completed student assessment process; includes placement testing (SAT)
- Completion of preparatory class needs prior to program start
- Signed and returned Release of Information Form
- Interview and mechanical aptitude testing with Warren CAT for students who successfully complete the admission process. Interviews and testing are conducted at a local Warren CAT location.
After acceptance by a sponsoring college and passing the Warren CAT interview and pre-employment testing requirements, the student will be formally admitted into the WCTIP.
*NOTE: The OSUIT Program requires that ALL students be sponsored by a Dealership to attend the College “Think Big” Internship program.
WHO DO I CONTACT FOR MORE INFORMATION?
For more information about the Warren CAT Technician Internship Program, visit a sponsoring college website:
midland.edu – (Midland, TX)
southplainscollege.edu – (Levelland, TX)
osuit.edu – (Okmulgee, OK)
For general program questions, email email@example.com.
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