Terex Utilities Service School provides hands-on training for utility equipment. - Photo: Terex Utilities

Terex Utilities Service School provides hands-on training for utility equipment.

Photo: Terex Utilities

The product support team at Terex Utilities provided 58 participants with hands-on training for digger derricks and aerial devices.

Held at the Lake Area Technical College Facility in June, Terex Utilities Service School helps train equipment dealers, utilities, and utility contractors across the United States and Canada.

Hands-On Learning Experience

While the training is geared for technicians, many individuals responsible for spec’ing, parts management, or even sales, can benefit from this hands-on learning experience. In addition, the experience level of the technicians ranged from just weeks to 29 years on the job.

Participants rotated through 12 different stations held in shop bays, classrooms, and outside. Stations included instruction on the Hi-Ranger TM Series, Optima, and Commander products.

Training for Utility Equipment

In addition to general troubleshooting, maintenance, and inspections, other sessions took deep dives into chassis controllers, aerial device leveling systems, and digger derrick planetary rotation and hydraulic overload protection.

Mike Sherman, Technical Support Manager for Commercial Utility Equipment in Canada, believed there were many valuable take-aways from this training experience.

“This is the best training I’ve done for utility equipment, and I’ll be able to use what I learned this week to better support our customers and help them troubleshoot and find the root of the problem. The instructors referenced 30-40 different Tech Tips during the sessions and each one was so critical to know about because they could save you hours of your time trying to figure out an issue and thousands of dollars,” said Sherman.

“It’s a great refresher to go through hands-on training when given the chance. Going through the hydraulics and schematics step-by-step with instructors and hearing them break things down helps me to be more efficient. There are things taught in these classes and in the Tech Tips that expand on standard training materials. Those tips and the connections that I have made with everyone throughout the week are invaluable. Its so important to have a network of people you can call when you need help,” said Aubrey Fortenberry, Fleet Coordinator from Coserv Electric.

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