Caterpillar® and WesTrac are on a quest to find the world’s best equipment operator at this year’s Cat Global Operator Challenge.
The global event, which pits equipment operators against one another in a series of skills tests, attracted more than 10,000 competitors from 30 countries when it first launched in 2019. And this year, Caterpillar expects it to be the largest event of its kind that the world has ever seen.
As one of the world’s leading Cat® dealers, WesTrac are running knockout heats and finals in WA and NSW/ACT. The winners from each state, who will be selected in August and September, will then move on to the Asia Pacific final in Japan this October. From there the ultimate top performers will compete at the world final at CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2023 in Las Vegas.
The event involves operators completing various challenges using a range of Cat construction machines to demonstrate safety, speed, agility and accuracy.
WesTrac NSW General Manager Construction Industries Alister Cant said the competition is a one-of-a-kind event, continuing the WesTrac tradition of celebrating the people behind the equipment and enabling operators to showcase their exceptional skills in fun and dynamic ways.
“The Cat Global Operator Challenge will be demanding for even the most experienced operators. They will need to show their mastery of both the machine and the technology to get a chance to compete in Japan,” Alister said.
WesTrac WA Construction Product Manager Mark Turkington said the event allowed equipment operators a rare chance to jump into the spotlight to showcase their exceptional talents and ultimately vie for the “world’s best” title.
“Operators are often required to work in isolation and may not get a lot of accolades in spite of having some serious skills,” Mark said.
“The Challenge provides an opportunity for business owners to nominate their operators – or themselves – to demonstrate and celebrate just how much skill is involved in the things they do every day.”
For more information and to register yourself or one of your operators, see Cat Global Operator Challenge. But you’ll have to be quick. Registrations close on Friday 15 July (WA) and Sunday 31 July 2022 (NSW/ACT).
As one of the largest authorised Cat equipment dealers in the world, WesTrac provides customers with a wide range of machinery and construction equipment as well as comprehensive whole-of-life management solutions designed to make owning and operating equipment as easy, profitable and safe as possible. With more than 4,000 staff and 350 apprentices enrolled in our nationally accredited training institute, WesTrac is dedicated to creating and delivering outstanding value for our employees, customers, shareholders and the community. We are committed to excellence and are focused on long-term customer relationships and a dedication to customer service, safety, quality and the environment. Community involvement is an important part of the WesTrac philosophy, and we are proud to support local activities, events and charities in the regions we are based. As part of Seven Group Holdings Ltd, WesTrac also has strong alliances with other leading Australian businesses, including Seven West Media, Coates Hire and SITECH.