Englewood, Ohio – Miami Valley Career Technology Center (MVCTC) Heavy Equipment Operator junior, Jordan Troutwine (Ansonia) was recognized as the 2022 Cat® Simulators Student Showdown Dozer Champion.
According to Catsimulators.com, “In September, Cat® Simulators invited students from across the U.S. who were enrolled in heavy equipment operator (HEO) programs to compete in the first-ever Cat Simulators Student Showdown. The students would compete virtually from November 28 to December 9 on either the school/college’s Advanced Construction Excavator or Advanced Dozer Cat Simulators system. “
How Were the Champions Determined?
Advanced Dozer Tasks
TASK #1 – HOW EFFICIENTLY CAN YOU CRAFT A BUILDING PAD?
Contestants crafted a pad to meet a required grade in the Pad Building exercise. They were judged on how efficiently and quickly they could complete the task since time is money on a jobsite!
TASK #2 – TREE TAKEDOWN!
Contestants dozed down the two biggest trees (the ones that the roots had to be cut) in the Site Clearance exercise. They were judged on how quickly, but safely they could do this task.
TASK #3 – READY. SET. SMILE!
Did you know it’s possible to doze a smiley face? Contestants did just that in this task. They were judged on how quickly, but safely they could complete a smile. And they received extra credit if they dozed the circle around it.
Advanced Construction Excavator Tasks
Task #1 – PRECISION MATTERS!
Contestants maneuvered the excavator quickly while scooping up red balls in the Maneuver Machine exercise while NOT colliding with the barrier or truck. Safety first!
TASK #2 – IS YOUR BUCKET HALF FULL OR HALF EMPTY?
Contestants filled two trucks while on the bench efficiently and safely. The challenge was NOT to overfill the trucks.
TASK #3 – CAN YOU SPELL CAT…WITH AN EXCAVATOR?
We knew contestants could spell “CAT”, but could they “write” it with the excavator’s bucket in the wall of the bench without tramming the machine?
Each champion and their school/college will receive the following prize packages for a job well done.
INDIVIDUAL CHAMPIONS ($1,000 value)
CHAMPIONS’ SCHOOL/COLLEGE ($7,000 value)
Congratulations also to Alec Pierson (Bethel) and Chayse Hipple (New Lebanon) for receiving the 2022 Cat Simulators Best Excavator and Dozer Images, respectively! Alec and Chayse will both receive Cat® Hi-Vis sweatshirts for jobs well done!
Kim Roberts, Marketing Communications Specialist for Cat® Simulators, shared,
Our congratulations to [Mr. Kauffman] and to Miami Valley Career Technology Center for having such a successful, robust heavy equipment operator program! “
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For over 50 years, MVCTC has provided career technical education for 27 partner school districts encompassing five counties, including Darke, Miami, Montgomery, Preble, and Warren counties. MVCTC is dedicated to providing in-demand workforce training for youth, adults, and organizations in the Miami Valley.
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