Equipment dealers, utilities and utility contractors participated in hands-on service training for digger derricks and aerial devices at the Terex Utilities Service School held in June at the Lake Area Technical College facility.
The program filled, with 48 participants who were either technicians or technician trainers, ranging from just months to decades of experience.
Participants rotated through six stations which covered Hi-Ranger TM, Optima and Commander products.
In addition to general troubleshooting, maintenance and inspections, some sessions went in-depth into chassis controllers, aerial device leveling systems and digger derrick planetary rotation and hydraulic overload protection.
Many of the aerial devices and digger derrick models that were used during the service school are models that are in demand in the field.
“A lot of times we can’t get access to these units to do training with our technicians on things like testing hydraulic over-pressurization and cycle times. These are things that we would like to teach our technicians, and I’m able to do it here and it’s hands-on,” said Mark Jones, technical training instructor from Ring Power in Florida.
“When it comes to inspections, there are certain tests that can be performed that confirm if something needs to be repaired, even if the item doesn’t initially appear to require it,” added Dakotah Stewart, lead technician for Custom Truck One Source in Oklahoma.
On learning about the leveling system on the TM125, Jones commented: “You can read about it all day long in the Terex Tech Tips, but until you actually do it with the tooling in the lab, until then it is just knowledge. When you take that knowledge and put it together with the lab then it becomes skill.”