Of the 12 technicians that competed at the regional level, four advanced to the finals held in August at Terex Utilities headquarters in Watertown, South Dakota. Their experience in the industry ranged from six to 31 years. They each got their start in a variety of ways — working with backhoes, car haulers, and concrete mixers with skills in electronics and hydraulics.
Terex Equipment Services technicians can inspect, diagnose, and repair any brand of aerial lift, mobile elevating work platform, digger derrick, crane, telehandler, and related equipment. “We launched the Terex Tech Rodeo this year as a way to showcase our highly skilled workforce and to create an opportunity to build camaraderie among our team members,” said Cody Curran, Training Specialist.
In addition to his skills as a Technician, Rocha enjoys fabricating non-structural items that are needed for a current job but that may not be available in a timely fashion. “As a mechanic, you don’t have all the answers to solve daily tasks, but as a technician, we have to be willing to acquire knowledge from different sources and people to work through the problems," he said.
The regional contest involved conducting an annual inspection of a Genie scissor lift. During the final competition, each service technician performed an annual inspection and function testing of a digger derrick and chassis. Rodeo officials planted nine defects. In all, there were 119 inspection items.
Technicians were scored on finding defects that relate to the manufacturer specifications and the accuracy of their report, with clear notations referenced. “The most highly-skilled tech will find defects that an untrained tech won’t find, but also has the ability to clearly communicate defects to customers through a well-documented inspection report,” Curran said.
The first, second, and third place winners received cash and other prizes. Kudzu Health+Safety donated $500 to the first place winner, and Cintas Uniform Services donated a $200 yeti cooler to second place. Terex gave cash prizes to all three place winners, and Rocha received a trip to The Utility Expo in Louisville, Kentucky.