“Participants benefit in different ways, depending on their responsibilities and roles,” said Ken Vlasman of Terex Utilities. “Purchasing managers learn about the added value of optional equipment, while technicians get insight into how the equipment is used, which aids in service diagnoses.”
The participants from Canada, the United States, Mexico, Peru and Spain included fleet managers and technicians, purchasing managers and other office personnel from utility companies, utility co-ops, rental companies and dealers.
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Over the course of three days, they rotated through 10 stations where they operated equipment and performed actual jobs under direct supervision of Terex trainers. Tasks included digging holes and setting poles with digger derricks, setting screw-anchors in four different directions, using remote controls to change out a transformer, and setting up and performing a three-phase lift.
By the end of the Hands On Training, each person had operated 14 different pieces of Terex equipment.
“The Hands On Training is a chance to simulate a work day and learn about the typical tasks performed by utility crews in the field,” added Vlasman. “Just for fun, participants used a digger derrick to maneuver a load through a timed obstacle course. The person with the fastest time received a certificate.”
PHOTO 1: More than 30 people from five countries attended Terex Utilities’ 38th annual Hands On Training seminar in South Dakota last month. Photo courtesy Terex.
PHOTO 2: Participants rotated through 10 stations where they operated equipment and performed actual jobs under direct supervision of Terex trainers. Photo courtesy Terex.