The 2022/23 iteration of CAT’s Global Operator Challenge will be a 3-round contest aimed at identifying the world’s best machine operator, taking place in nearly 40 countries.
Caterpillar Inc. invites machine operators around the globe to take on the world in the 2022/2023 Global Operator Challenge. The challenge tests the skills and precision of equipment operators as they prove their excellence in operating CAT machinery and their ability to master any piece of construction equipment safely and efficiently.
“More than 80 CAT dealers will host local, one-of-a-kind competitions, celebrating equipment operators and enabling them to showcase their exceptional skills in fun and dynamic ways,” said Tony Fassino, group president, Construction Industries, Caterpillar Inc. “Whether their expertise lies in digging a trench, moving aggregates, or managing demolition, our Global Operator Challenge will be demanding for even the most experienced operators. We can’t wait to see what they can do with our machines.”
Sixty-seven CAT dealers hosted local competitions in the 2019/2020 challenge, and operators from 30 countries participated. The 2022/2023 competition will be Caterpillar’s largest construction industry event of its kind.
Calling all operators
The first round of the Global Operator Challenge consists of local qualifiers, hosted by CAT dealers starting in March and running through September 2022.
To make this year’s competition even more challenging, Caterpillar has added the requirement that every event must feature three different challenges on three separate pieces of equipment. Therefore, operators must master a broad assortment of equipment to qualify for the next round.
Those who qualify in the local dealer events will then move onto regional semi-final competitions in October 2022.
Nine finalists will emerge from the regional semifinals and participate in the global finals competition in Caterpillar’s outdoor Festival Grounds exhibit F4455 during CONEXPO-CON/AGG in Las Vegas, March 2023.
The winner of the competition will receive an all-expense-paid trip for two to one Caterpillar facility worldwide.
Commenting on being crowned the 2019/2020 Global Operator Challenge champion, Jaus Neigum, owner of Industrial Backhoe Ltd. in Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada, said: “I’ve been operating CAT machines for more than 15 years. Having the opportunity to demonstrate my skills and compete against peers from around the world was one of the most rewarding experiences in my career. If you’re an operator of heavy equipment, this is a contest you don’t want to miss. And, if you’re a business owner like me and my partners, I encourage you to put forward your best operators, because this competition is going to be even bigger and better than the last one.”
During each portion of the Global Operator Challenge, participants execute a variety of tasks, such as digging a trench, loading a precise amount of dirt, and hauling or maneuvering the equipment through a variety of obstacles. Scoring is based on the operator’s skills, efficiency, as well as his or her competence in using integrated technology to enhance the machine’s performance.
CAT next generation machines will allow these operators to take advantage of available technologies to complete the challenges, such as CAT Payload, Grade and Command. Other features like CAT Grade Assist, rear view cameras, return to dig and return to carry will also aid the operators in completing the challenges.