For more information, contact Randy Shelton, Lead Recruiter, at 866-990-4038.

At Peterson, our vision is to be our customers’ first choice. We provide a family-oriented environment that promotes safety, personal growth, and professional achievement. We offer competitive wages, generous benefits, and room to grow within the company. If you want to work side-by-side with others who are passionate about customer service, consider joining the team!  


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Contact Randy Shelton, Technical Recruiter, at 866-990-4038

Your future at Peterson starts here

At Peterson, our vision is to be our customers’ first choice. We provide a family-oriented environment that promotes safety, personal growth, and professional achievement. We offer competitive wages, generous benefits, and room to grow within the company. If you want to work side-by-side with others who are passionate about customer service, consider joining the team!

We need the skills and talent of knowledgeable technicians with a drive to continue their education to meet the growing demands of the industries we serve. We have expanded our service offerings in many industries since we started in 1936, having an educated and trained workforce is more important now than ever before. 

Read about the different divisions of Peterson and see which of these dynamic and fast-paced environments match the skills you have and the career path you want to follow.

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Heavy Equipment And Agricultural Technician/Mechanic
Be a part of Peterson’s 80+ year tradition of providing industry-leading heavy equipment service at any one of our 19 full-service shops in California, Oregon, and Washington! 

Peterson Cat technicians/mechanics work on diesel engines in earthmoving products, on-highway trucks, and power generation products. We have opportunities for much more than engine work that still allows you to work with your hands and continue your education. Hydraulic hose, undercarriage, electric switchgear and loadbanks, and custom fabrication are some of the areas you can grow into as a Peterson technician/mechanic.

Engine Service Technician/Mechanic
Want to help maintain the largest rental power fleet this side of the Mississippi? Peterson Power Systems is known internationally for commercial and marine engine service!

Truck Service Technician/Mechanic
Join our truck team! Peterson is northern California’s authorized International trucks dealer and operates bumper-to-bumper truck service shops in three states! As a tech, you will run trucks on the dyno and use the latest computer software to diagnose problems, and then use your skills to perform repairs in the shop or out at the customer’s site. Through our continuous training programs, you can gain the knowledge you need to be able to repair all parts and systems of on-highway trucks.

Rental Services Technician/Mechanic
Same equipment, same tools, be there to support our rental fleet! The Cat Rental Store is the place for you to jump into this dynamic environment. Performing service and maintenance on backhoes, harvesters, mini excavators, boom lifts, compressors, and electric generators are just some of the things you can work on as a tech for The Cat Rental Store. In California, we are Cresco - The Cat Rental Store, and in Oregon and Washington, we are Peterson - The Cat Rental Store.

Welding/Machining/Fabrication Technician/Mechanic

Peterson Tractor is looking for qualified, experienced people to fill currently open positions. We perform new fabrication, shop, field repair work, and much more. We are a Caterpillar tractor dealership but work on a wide range of diverse projects. 

Give our customers innovative solutions with Trimble technology.

Pass your knowledge on to the next generation of Peterson technicians/mechanics! Peterson is proud to operate Peterson University, a Caterpillar certified training facility and maintains a staff of full-time trainers.


We’ve got it all–big cities, small towns, ocean, lakes, coast, mountains, even college towns. With a territory as large as ours, your opportunities are endless!

California: Fortuna, Redding, Chico, Willits, Willows, Santa Rosa, Benicia, San Leandro, San Martin.

Washington: Longview.

Oregon: Klamath Falls, Medford, North Bend, Redmond, Eugene, Albany, Salem, Portland, The Dalles.

Why Peterson

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Curious if working at Peterson is right for you? Please take a moment to read the following reasons that Peterson employees—people with interests and skills like you!—gave for working at Peterson.

Ready to apply? Check out our current job openings or read about our ThinkBIG program for technicians.

  1. We are northern California, Oregon, and southwest Washington's authorized Caterpillar dealer.
    There's no doubt about it: when it comes to heavy equipment and electrical power generation gear, Caterpillar is the best in the business. No other manufacturer comes close. Plus, Caterpillar has been designing and building its products in the United States for over one hundred years, so many people have felt a lifetime affinity for Cat gear. Working for a Cat dealer gives them the opportunity to work with Cat equipment every day!

  2. We are the Bay Area and North Coast's authorized International Trucks dealer.
    In 2010, Peterson acquired the Bay Area International Trucks dealership, and we've been growing fast! Many Peterson employees joined the company because they are fans of the International brand'they look forward to daily opportunities to sell, rent, or service the big rigs they've known and loved all their lives!

  3. Peterson has been around since 1936.
    Many Peterson employees are proud to work for a company that has been around for over 80 years. In today's world where companies come and go, Peterson people enjoy knowing that their business has weathered many storms and is still thriving and helping its customers grow their businesses. In fact, we've grown substantially, with two major acquisitions in the past five years alone!

  4. Peterson has a great reputation.
    Peterson's most important corporate core value is Customer First. Peterson thrives on repeat business and referrals because Peterson employees routinely go the extra mile to make sure that their customers are happy. Consequentially, we've built a great reputation in the industry, and people who work at Peterson are proud to be a part of such a highly-regarded enterprise.>

  5. I have friends and family who work at Peterson.
    Many Peterson employees came to the company because they knew someone who already worked here. We're proud to be part of an organization that people recommend to their friends and family!>

  6. Peterson has a great longevity rate.
    These days, it's rare to hear about people retiring after thirty or forty years at the same company, but at Peterson, it isn't unusual. Working at Peterson is a career, not just a job. Peterson employees routinely stay with the company until they retire, often after working their way through a variety of interesting and exciting positions.

  7. I like the range of products and services that Peterson offers customers.
    Some people come to Peterson to work with Cat gensets and heavy equipment, like dozers, motor graders, and excavators. Some like International trucks, or Massy Ferguson and Challenger tractors and balers, or Trimble high tech gear. Some people like the fact that we sell, service, and rent them all… and more! For people who are curious about a range of equipment or industries, there are always new opportunities at Peterson. We offer our customers a variety of solutions because they do an incredible variety of jobs'and we proudly support them every step of the way!

  8. I trust Peterson's leadership.
    Many people who work at Peterson cited the company's leadership as one of the reasons they're happy with their jobs. Peterson's leaders represent the full range of dealership experience: Duane Doyle, the company's CEO and owner, is a journeyman mechanic who grew up working on the shop floors. Jeff Goggin, Peterson's COO, got his start pulling parts in the company's warehouse. And Peterson's future leaders are working their way through the ranks right now!

  9. Peterson is a family-owned company.
    Peterson is not a faceless corporation; we're a family business that is now on its third-generation of ownership. Duane Doyle, Peterson's CEO and owner, is Howard Peterson's'the company's founder'grandson. Duane's children are now working their way through leadership positions in anticipation of the day that they will run the company. And we're all part of the tradition: Peterson people are a close-knit group who appreciate the values and environment that can only be found at a family business.

  10. Peterson has locations all over Northern California, Oregon, and southwest Washington.
    Peterson employees come to our 100,000-plus square mile territory from all walks of life and all over the world. They're drawn by the incredible variety and quality of life that our locations have to offer: from world-class food and nightlife in San Francisco and Portland to the snowy peaks of Mount Shasta and Mount Hood; college towns like Eugene, Berkeley, and Chico; or farmland and world-class wine-producing regions throughout our territory… We have it all. And Peterson employees don't have to settle down: there are opportunities all over our territory, so there's always somewhere new to explore.

Peterson is an equal opportunity employer & prohibits unlawful discrimination based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, national origin/ancestry, age, disability, marital & veteran status. For more information about equal employment opportunity protections, view the EEO is the Law poster.

If you have a disability and need an accommodation in connection with the on-line application process, please email us at or call 510-357-6200.


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  • Two plans to choose from (depending on location)
  • Free Checkups
  • 24 hour doctor/nurse by telephone


  • In and out of network providers
  • Orthodontia coverage for children
  • Routine cleanings and xray at no charge

Flexible Spending Plan

  • Pre-tax deductions for your share of medical, dental & vision premiums
  • Set aside pre-tax money to pay for qualifying out-of-pocket medical costs
  • Set aside pre-tax money to par for qualifying day care expenses
  • Transportation expense savings account


  • Tax-Deferred savings for retirement

Life & AD&D

  • Basic plan covered 100% by Peterson

Employee Assistance Plan

  • Provided by Peterson, 24/7 access to counselors


  • In and out of network providers

Peterson University

  • Caterpillar's Certified Regional Training Center
  • Five full time instructors
  • ASE Certifications
  • Acess to Caterpillar's Dealer Performance Center

Additional Benefits

  • Tool Insurance
  • Team building and company events
  • Rewards and recognition program
  • Employee referral bonus
  • Prescription safety glass reimbursement
  • Work boot Reimbursement

Travel Assistance

  • Provided by Peterson to help with travel emergencies


Caterpillar Dealer Service Technician Program

Think BIG about your future. Jump start a career working with Cat equipment. The Caterpillar Dealer Service Technician program as a terrific opportunity for personal growth and a rewarding, lifelong career. This program is based exclusively on Caterpillar equipment training through the heavy equipment and Diesel technology department at San Joaquin Delta College and Portland Community College. You'll learn about engine fundamentals, machine hydraulics, fuel systems, electrical systems, power trains and more.

The Cat Dealer Service Technician curriculum is designed to develop the skills a technician needs to progress through the ranks of a Cat dealer's service network. Students learn to diagnose problems, disassemble and assemble components, examine them for wearing defects, and recondition or replace Parts as needed on a variety of Cat machines. Students also learn to test and adjust machine systems and components to ensure proper operation and to prevent failures. Sophisticated diagnostic equipment and computers are used for troubleshooting, record-keeping, and communicating both at school and at the dealership.

Students who complete the program earn excellent pay, have stable employment and receive a comprehensive benefit package that rivals any in the industry. Peterson benefit plans include medical and dental insurance, retirement and pension plans and a strong commitment to lifelong learning. Promote from within philosophies provide excellent opportunities for career advancement. If you're interested in a career with the biggest name and heavy equipment, the Caterpillar Dealer Service Technician program maybe for you.

The Program


During the first two years of the program, students spend about half their time (five 8-week periods) at college and Technical and academic coursework. The remaining time (four 8-12 week internships) is spent at Peterson dealer work sites in paid on-the-job training. Specific objectives have been developed so that each internship is closely aligned with educational courses to reinforce learning in real-world situations.


Caterpillar authored technical training on Cat equipment include some of the latest developments in engine and powertrain repair as well as hydraulic and electronic system diagnostics. Required general education courses provide students with the background necessary for effective communication and interpersonal skills development. Courses include mathematics, composition and technical writing, business ethics, and others.

On-the-job training:

The paid OJT phase of the program allows students to apply what they've learned in the classroom and lab sessions in a real-world setting. Students also become familiar with the dealership environment, its organizational structure and the skills expected of a professional service technician. The paid OJT phase can also help students pay for their education while receiving valuable work experience.

Requirements applicants must:

  • Be at least 18 years of age by the first internship period
  • Have a high school diploma, general education development (GED) certificate, a California High School Proficiency (CHSP) certificate or an associate or higher degree
  • Submit an official transcript from the qualifying agency listed above
  • Meet Caterpillar Dealer admission and academic requirements
  • Be sponsored by a participating Caterpillar Dealer
  • Have a valid driver's license and maintain a clean driving record
  • Submit to a pre-employment drug screen and physical examination if required by the dealer sponsor
  • Submit to a background check
  • Demonstrate commitment to the industry and profession

Application Procedure

Submit appropriate dealer application for employment for sponsorship to a participating Caterpillar Dealer. The applicant must include all the required supporting documents:

  • Three letters of reference, one from a teacher, one from a current or previous employer, counselor or School administrator and one from a person of your choice
  • An essay of at least 250 words and length describing why you want a career in the diesel heavy equipment industry
  • A resume describing related activities, leadership roles and work experience
  • Official transcript from high school, college or university. GED or a CHSP certificates are also acceptable
  • Assessment and placement tests from an accredited school