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GMR senior to begin dig towards dream career

GMR senior Casey Gram applied for and was accepted into “ThinkBIG,” a Caterpillar Inc. program that provides individuals with hands-on education and training as an intern diesel mechanic. To begin this program in fall 2017, he will work two months at a time as an intern at Butler Machinery in Fargo, N.D., and then return to school at North Dakota State College of Science (NDSCS) in Wahpeton, N.D., doing this four times throughout the two-year program. (photo by Ryan Bergeron)

When he was a child, Greenbush-Middle River senior Casey Gram got a toy Caterpillar Excavator from his mother, sparking his interest in working on Caterpillar machinery. As he started working on this type of equipment more and more over the years, including on a D4 Dozier from Caterpillar with his uncle, the interest continued to persist. 

“It just became something that I liked and liked doing,” Gram said. “…It’s just something I’ve been kind of around most of my life, so I just adopted it. It just became something new.”

Holding this interest, Gram applied for “ThinkBIG,” a Caterpillar Inc. program that provides individuals with hands-on education and training as a intern diesel mechanic. To try and earn this internship opportunity, he first applied online at, then did an over-the-phone interview, and finally took a trip to Butler Machinery in Grand Forks for an in-person interview on February 3. Just three days later, he heard back from Butler Machinery that he had earned a spot in this program.

“I was excited because this has been my life-long dream to just work on Cat(erpillar) stuff,” Gram said when asked how he reacted upon hearing this news. 

Besides working on large equipment, Gram enjoys different outdoor activities, like hunting and fishing. He is the son of Kim and Darin Gram of Middle River. 

Playing with a toy Caterpillar Excavator as a child, this grown up high school senior and future college student now has the opportunity to “think bigger” and  begin digging towards, thanks to this hand-on experience, his dream career. 

To see more of this story, read the March 8 issue of The Tribune in print or online. 

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