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Flint Construction & Forestry Division Hosts Technology Training Event

Mon March 12, 2018 - Southeast Edition #6
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John Deere instructors worked with program participants for two days of classroom and GPS demo time before machine operation at the Local 926 Operating Engineers Training Facility in Ellenwood, Ga.
John Deere instructors worked with program participants for two days of classroom and GPS demo time before machine operation at the Local 926 Operating Engineers Training Facility in Ellenwood, Ga.
John Deere instructors worked with program participants for two days of classroom and GPS demo time before machine operation at the Local 926 Operating Engineers Training Facility in Ellenwood, Ga. Brad Prashaw (L), instructor of John Deere WorkSight technology solutions, gives an impromptu final exam on operation of the handheld data collector. (L-R): Gary Mashburn, instructor of the Local 926 Operating Engineers training facility, Ellenwood, Ga.; Tim Houchens, Flint Construction & Forestry Division, Atlanta, Ga.; and Rich Shakespeare, director of Operating Engineers Local 926 joint apprenticeship program, Ellenwood, Ga., watch as attendees operate the John Deere SmartGrade dozers. B.J. Bauman, a John Deere WorkSite technology solutions instructor, goes over the relationship of optimal hydraulic performance and the machine calibration unit to ensure the machine is cutting the best grade. New John Deere 650K, 700K and 750K dozers with SmartGrade technology were provided by Flint Construction & Forestry Division for use at the demo site in Ellenwood, Ga. Setting up a “mock road” before some equipment stick time (L-R) are Kelly Hogue, Erik Van Derheijden and Jason Coleman of Baldwin Paving, Marietta, Ga. Lynn Kent of JR Hayes Corporation, based in Maple Valley, Wash., grades like a pro on the final day of the training session.

Flint Construction & Forestry Division hosted a three-day technology training program from Jan. 30 to Feb 1 at the Local 926 Operating Engineers Training Facility in Ellenwood, Ga. A total of 28 attendees from 11 different companies from the United States and Canada were hosted by Tim Houchens, Flint's integrated solutions manager, and John Deere training staff members from John Deere WorkSight technology solutions, based in Davenport, Iowa.

The first two days of training concentrated specifically on GPS fundamentals, with GPS base and rover and setting up a job site. Day three was a recap followed by demo time with the new John Deere 650K, 700K and 750K dozers with integrated SmartGrade technology.

Program participant, Lynn Kent, grading engineer of JR Hayes Corporation, a mass excavation company based in Maple Valley, Wash., readily identified with the advantages of grading with GPS technology and the new John Deere SmartGrade products. Her responsibility is to take the knowledge and training experience she gains and to go back to Washington and train the operators at her company.

“Our company always looks toward being involved with the latest technology and I'm excited to have this opportunity to learn,” said Kent. “It's a tight market out there and we look towards these technologies to make us more competitive on bids.”

When asked about the training, Kent said this program is “awesome.”

“John Deere sends out some extremely knowledgably people to teach us and have the answers to all of our questions. They even ask us what they can do to better meet our needs and help us in our companies. It's been great.”

B.J. Bauman, a WorkSite Solutions instructor of John Deere, based in Davenport, Iowa, said these training sessions are geared toward customers from a broad range of expertise — from novice to advanced.

“We spend the first two days on grade management, which is the base and rover set-up and how to justify the return on investment for the system, said Bauman. The final day is operating time for machine control, trouble shooting, and getting the overall project from the data collector into the machine to make it work as a total package. Training customers is a passion of ours at John Deere. Educating and getting to know our customer's business is our way to find out how we can better support them. This is always a great event for us, our dealer, and for our customers.”

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