Our second technical visit today was to Caterpillar headquarters with Ruud A. Kronenburg, Dean of the Caterpillar University. Caterpillar is the world’s largest manufacturer of construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural gas engines, and industrial gas turbines. They are a technology leader for their industry with $5million a day dedicated to research and development.
The building that we went to was strictly administration and marketing so there was not too much to see outside of the offices. However, from listening to the presenter, you can really get a taste for the dedication their employees have to the company. Those within the company tend to stay there for life and they have a lot of leadership and development training. In fact, Caterpillar University is one of only three company training programs in the world that has been accredited as a higher learning facility.
Catapiller uses the slogan, “we are proud of what we make and proud of what we do.” It’s unfortunate that more companies don’t show this dedication to their industry and organization. If we did, the integrity of the business world would be much more appreciated by all.