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Terex Utilities Celebrates 40 Years of Hands-On Training

Wed September 12, 2018 - National Edition
Terex Utilities


At one learning station, two Terex Optima TC55 aerial devices and a C4047 digger derrick were used for changing out a transformer. Other Terex equipment used at the 40th Hands-On Training Seminar included Hi-Ranger LT40 and TL60 articulating telescopic aerial eevices, Hi-Ranger TM100 and TM125 non-overcenter aerial devices, and a 650 auger drill.
At one learning station, two Terex Optima TC55 aerial devices and a C4047 digger derrick were used for changing out a transformer. Other Terex equipment used at the 40th Hands-On Training Seminar included Hi-Ranger LT40 and TL60 articulating telescopic aerial eevices, Hi-Ranger TM100 and TM125 non-overcenter aerial devices, and a 650 auger drill.

In August, Terex Utilities hosted fleet managers, technicians, purchasing managers and other attendees for the 40th Annual Terex Utilities' Hands-On Training Seminar. The program provides essential training on the operation and examples of application of Terex digger derricks, Hi-Ranger aerial devices and auger drills.

Hands-On got its start in 1978 with the need to train distributor sales representatives so that they could safely demonstrate equipment.

“That first event set the ground work for training on safety, setup, and operation, and remains a hallmark of the Terex customer experience today,” said Ken Vlasman, customer service manager.

Before he passed away, long-time employee and account manager Chuck Heath, documented his memories of the original Terex Hands-On event. He recalled that sales representatives were advised to never operate equipment near energized lines, as they are not qualified to do so. Instead, they were told: “Explain your demonstrator unit to the crew and then let them use it to do their job.” Then, as today, Terex sales people “should look, listen and learn,” he wrote.

Today, the event extends beyond sales training to assist customers, dealers and rental partners.

“Whether your job is behind a desk or in energized 345 kV lines, this program has been providing fleet personnel, safety managers, mechanics, administrators and others with a valuable learning experience for four decades,” said Vlasman.

This year, more than 40 people from the United States, Canada, China, Chile, Mexico, Costa Rica and Ecuador participated in multiple training stations where they operated equipment and performed actual jobs under direct supervision of Terex trainers.

Digger derrick stations included digging holes, setting poles and setting screw-anchors in four directions. Aerial device stations featured changing out a transformer, and setting up and performing a three-phase lift. Other stations focused on putting a unit in service, use of auger drills and tooling selection, pole removal techniques, multi-part winch line lifting, and other demonstrations.

“Hands-On beats power points any day,” said one participant, while another commented that “the trucks show their power and productivity to get the job done.”

This year, attendees also were treated to a tour of Terex Utilities' manufacturing facilities.

For more information, visit www.terex.com/utilities.