(L-R): Bob Hall, general operation manager, Bechtel Equipment Operations; Ken Burke, service operation manager, Bechtel Equipment Operations; and Mike Brennan, fleet manager, Manatee County Fleet Services show off their 2013 Fleet Master Awards.
Bechtel Equipment Operations, Sugar Land, Texas, and Manatee County (Fla.) Fleet Services have earned 2013 Fleet Master Awards from the Association of Equipment Management Professionals (AEMP). AEMP presented the awards at its Management Conference and Annual Meeting March 17 to 19 in Jacksonville, Fla.
Each year an AEMP panel of industry experts selects honorees that have demonstrated outstanding fleet management capabilities through finance, information, policies, controls and customer service. The association has honored one company in the private and public sectors for 10 consecutive years.
AEMP honored Bechtel Equipment Operations, the Public-Sector Fleet Master, for its ongoing commitment to safety, customer service and fleet management capabilities. The selection panel noted the company’s efficiency in managing fleets from around the globe through its project equipment management system (PEMS). Bechtel uses the program to manage more than 19,000 assets in 12 countries to accurately maintain inventory based on local availability and timeframes, to monitor daily fuel consumption and machine hours from any location, and to track lifecycle costs that reflect local currencies. The company also uses the system to support its preventive maintenance program. Bechtel schedules routine maintenance based on trucking hours that are tracked in the system.
Bechtel also maintains a strong commitment to safety with its goal of zero accidents. The company offers a diverse training program and encourages equipment manager specialist (EMS) and certified equipment manager (CEM) training from AEMP to ensure it is deploying knowledgeable professionals worldwide. Finally, Bechtel is dedicated to providing outstanding customer service that sets it apart. No stranger to accolades, Bechtel has been named Engineering News Record’s top U.S. construction contractor for the last 14 years.
AEMP honored Manatee County Fleet Services as the Public-Sector Fleet Master for its dedication to efficient and effective fleet management. The selection committee noted the organization’s solid commitment to safety, training, technology and customer service while maintaining a fleet of 1,316 units in 141 classes of vehicles and equipment. The organization manages four repair facilities within the county. In 2012, the company maintained an average fleet availability of 93.96 percent and was able to provide 75 percent of required parts the same day. One-third of Manatee’s larger, critical equipment is equipped to relay real time information to administrators, and its maintenance management system is integrated with its financial accounting system to provide simple transfer of information. Federal, local, state and private auditors have praised the program for its effectiveness.
According to AEMP, Manatee takes a pro-active approach to safety, offering annual and monthly training. It reached 1,975 days with no lost time incidents earning it a nomination for a safety award from the county safety committee in 2012. Technicians perform monthly facility inspections to ensure work areas are safe. Government Fleet magazine recognized Manatee as one of the Top 100 Fleets of 2012, a title it has earned for nine consecutive years. Manatee also received the Fleet Master Award in 2009.
The Association of Equipment Management Professionals was formed in 1980 and is headquartered in Glenwood Springs, Colo. The organization is the premier organization for professional asset management who oversee off-road fleets and it represents fleet professionals who work in construction, government, utilities, energy, mining and more. AEMP maintains relationships among manufacturers, users, governmental agencies, educational institutions and others involved in the design and management of heavy equipment. The organization created the term “Equipment Triangle.” It is the cornerstone of the association’s philosophy that a balanced relationship must exist between the end user, distributor and OEM/supplier in the lifecycle of a piece of heavy equipment or product. AEMP advances this philosophy through its education and certification programs.
For more information, visit AEMP.org.