Data Innovation Lab Practicum - (Job ID# 170007JX)

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About Us

Caterpillar is the world’s leading manufacturer of construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural gas engines, industrial gas turbines and diesel-electric locomotive. Our products have evolved from simple mechanical workhorses to sophisticated, electronically controlled work-site solutions. This transformation, along with our smart factories and our integrated dealer network, has provided a wealth of Big Data that is mined and analyzed across various segments such as product development, manufacturing, supply chain, marketing, sales and customer support. Analytics Professionals are the data driven, business professionals using quantitative methods such as business simulations, data mining, and advanced statistical techniques to solve problems for internal business partners and external Caterpillar customers.

About the Data Innovation Lab

Work at the new data innovation lab will focus on exploration of emerging and disruptive data-based technologies, as well as advanced analytics technologies, demonstrated through proof of concept projects. Projects will be forward thinking and at the edge of Caterpillar’s business model.  The lab is vibrant work environment designed to simulate innovating and creative thinking.  

About The Role

As an Analytics Practicum, you will be immersed in our business and introduced to our analytics tools and techniques, enabling you to provide data based insights that drive business decisions. Some of the projects will involve research in:

  • Video Analytics
  • Analytics of Customer’s entire jobsite (L10)
  • Application of new devices, sensors, and metrics
  • Integration of wearables and product data
  • Integration of environmental data
  • Modeling of Amazon Prime “experience”

About You - Required Qualifications

  • Applicants must have completed or be pursuing an BS undergraduate, or MBA, MS or PhD degree in Actuarial Science, Applied Statistics, Business Analytics, Business Intelligence & Analytics, Engineering (various), Computer Science, Economics, Informatics, Information Systems Management, Marketing Analytics, Mathematics, MBA with Technical Undergrad, Operations Research, Predictive Analytics, Quantitative & Computational Finance, Quantitative Finance, Statistics, or equivalent. 
  • Currently enrolled as a student at the University of Illinois, Urbana – Champaign
  • Applicants must a minimum cumulative Grade Point Average of 3.0/4.0 scale (no rounding)
  • Experience with SAS, Python, R, SPSS, Minitab, Tableau, Hadoop, C++, C#, Java or similar tools
  • Candidate must be able to provide their own laptop for day to day work

More About You – Desired Qualifications

  • Interested in pursuing a career in Data Mining, Simulation, and Optimization
  • Strong technical and problem solving skills
  • Self-Initiative
  • Effective communicator
  • Work well in team environment

Caterpillar is not currently hiring individuals for this position who now or in the future require sponsorship for employment visa status; however, as a global company, Caterpillar offers many job opportunities outside the U.S. which can be found through our employment website

Caterpillar is proud of the role we play in building the world's infrastructure. The work we do drives progress for millions of people around the globe.

All qualified individuals – including minorities, females, veterans and individuals with disabilities – are encouraged to apply.


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Caterpillar is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EEO).

Your road to success is built through a Caterpillar career. As part of the talented Caterpillar team, you appreciate that working for a global leader creates endless opportunities for you.