Caterpillar Apprenticeship Training in Welding Program allows high school juniors and seniors to work and study at the same time.  Students complete their final two years of high school while working and training inside Caterpillar's Sanford Fabrication facility and at The Innovation Center of Lee County. Welding-related college courses are provided by Central Carolina Community College.  Students also work 30 or more hours per week in the summer between their junior and senior years.

    Once students have completed the two-year apprenticeship program and have graduated from high school, they will have earned:
    • Welding Certificate from Central Carolina Community College
    • North Carolina Department of Labor High School Apprenticeship Certificate
    • Apprenticeship hours to transfer to an adult program
    • Career Readiness Certificate
    • Proprietary Caterpillar training
    • Preferred employment opportunity at Caterpillar (pending meeting full-time employment requirements)



    2019-2020 CAT Youth Apprenticeship Information 

     CATERPILLAR Information Session and Plant Tour

     Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019
    Students who are interested in learning more about the CAT Youth Apprenticeship needs to sign up for this field trip.
    Sign up sheet is located in Career Center room 703 until Oct. 4, 2019

     CATERPILLAR Application Window Open

    December 1, 2019 till Jan. 31, 2020

    CATERPILLAR Information Session 

    Wednesday, December 4, 2019
    Students who are interested in the CAT Youth Apprenticeship will have another opportunity to speak with CAT/CCCC representatives during lunches.

    Parent Night at CATERPILLAR

    Tuesday, January 28, 2020  
    6:00 pm @ 5000 Womack Road, Sanford NC 27330
    Opportunity for the parents to receive more information from CAT/ CCCC representatives about the CAT Youth Apprenticeship Program and take a tour of the plant.

    CAT Youth Apprenticeship Interviews

    March 12, 2020

    Southern Lee High School 

    Career Center rm 703


    Apprenticeship Acceptance Letters

    March 20, 2020


    CAT Signing Ceremony

    May 12, 2020 @ 11:30am

    Southern Lee High School Media Center



    Caterpillar Website


    2019-2020 CAT Youth Apprentices

    2019-2020 CAT Apprentices

    2017/18, 2018/19 and 2019/20 CAT Apprentices 

    Seniors, Junior