The championship finals are set for the Global Operator Challenge, the largest global campaign in Caterpillar history. Nine regional champions from around the world will compete in Las Vegas on Tuesday, March 10, 2020, for their quest to be named the best of the best and awarded Global Operator Challenge Champion. The finals will take place at the Cat Operator Stadium inside Caterpillar’s booth in the new CONEXPO outdoor Festival Grounds.
Participants’ operating skills were put to the test through a range of machines and tasks. Operators were scored on speed, accuracy and operating best practice with penalties imposed for errors. The operator with the lowest overall time for all tasks was acknowledged as the local champion and moved onto the regional championships.
A total of 32 finalists, divided in eastern and western divisions of the U.S. and Canada, competed in four machine challenges in the North American regional competition during the week of October 21, 2019. Alberta, Canada’s Jaus Neigum, representing Finning Cat, won the Western Regional finals.
At CONEXPO, there will be three final machine challenges: operating a medium hydraulic excavator using GRADE 2D, a medium wheel loader with Production Management and a Next Generation Mini-Excavator. After completion of the skills challenges, awards will be presented for the lowest time for each individual challenge, best team performance, and announcement of the Global Operator Challenge Champion based on overall performance.
SHCA is cheering for you, Jaus! For those not attending the show, a live broadcast of the competition will be held on www.cat.com.