Intermediate level

Caterpillar Inc.

Caterpillar opened its Athens, Ga. facility in 2013. Caterpillar Athens is no ordinary manufacturing facility. The site uses data analytics to make its factory more efficient and harnesses the power of data to make better decisions, fix quality issues faster and deliver more value to its customers. The facility sits on 250 acres with three main buildings totaling 850,000 square feet and currently employs nearly 1,600 people.

On this tour, you will see the following work and processes in action:

  • Tack weld and robotic weld
  • Computer controlled machining
  • State of the art powder primer/top coat paint system
  • Warehousing/kitting component
  • Modular subassembly
  • Asynchronous assembly line
  • Online job instructions/standard work with integrated shop floor control
  • Quality gates and pre-delivery Inspection
  • Product distribution center
  • Product distribution center

You will see the production of multiple sizes of mini hydraulic excavators and small track-type tractors.

About Caterpillar Inc.

Caterpillar Inc. is a manufacturer if construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural gas engines, industrial gas turbines and diesel-electric locomotives. The company principally operates in construction industries, resource industries and energy & transportation. It also provides financing and related services through its financial products segment. Caterpillar had 2018 sales and revenues of $54.722 billion. To learn more, visit

Please note: Personal protection equipment will be provided by the host company. See additional safety requirements and restrictions below.


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Restrictions / Requirements

To participate in a tour, all attendees must adhere to and respect the tour hosts' restrictions and requirements.
Non-adherence may exclude you from a tour.

  • Leather like closed-toe shoes (No high heels)
  • Long or short-sleeved shirt/blouse
  • Long pants (no shorts, skirts, dresses)
  • Other: See tour description