February 17, 2017 at 9:29 AM
In January, members of Ring Power’s training department traveled to the Central Florida Fairgrounds in Orlando for Construction Career Days. The purpose of the annual event is to introduce high school students to the wide range of career opportunities in the construction industry.
Approximately 375 students attended the two-day event this year. In one of the 20 lab sessions they presented to the students, Teri Brown (St. Augustine Customer Training, Apprentice Program & Think Big Manager), Gabe Sacco (St. Augustine Training Instructor) and Matt Sessions (Orlando HE Sales Rep) spoke to students about paths to employment in selling and servicing heavy equipment. They also entertained questions about the benefits of working for a company like Ring Power.
Following the presentation, students teamed up and competed against each other utilizing power wrenches to see who could remove and replace segment bolts the fastest. Cat hats were awarded to the winning teams.
Kudos to Gabe Sacco, Teri Brown and Matt Sessions, and to Wayne Veitch (WCC Transportation Division Manager) and Brian Wood (St. Augustine Assistant Fleet Manager) who also played a part in making this year’s event a great success!
November 18, 2016 at 10:52 AM
As a contractor or heavy equipment operator in Florida, your daily routine should begin with a machine walk-around and inspection. Watch the video below for a few pointers to keep you safe and comfortable once inside the heavy equipment cab.
- Be sure the machine's backup camera is clear of debris
- Buckle the safetybelt and lower lapbars
- Adjust air ride seat for visibility
- Adjust the construction machine's controls for comfort
- Check your backup camera's in-cab display is operating properly
Remember, be safe, comfortable and aware!
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January 14, 2016 at 3:26 PM
Are you looking for a rewarding career?
ThinkBIG about your future.
Ring Power’s ThinkBIG technician scholarship program helps you build a career you can be proud of.
ThinkBIG is a two year specialized program for those technically minded, hands on individuals with a desire to understand underlying theoretical principles governing some of the largest most advanced equipment in use today.
ThinkBIG students alternate between South Georgia Technical College and their sponsoring Ring Power branch where they put their learning into practice in paid internships. Upon graduating they have earned an Associate Degree in Applied Technology and stepped into a career where they will make a difference in our world while earning the means to build the life they've dreamed of.
"Joining the ThinkBIG program was one of the best the decisions I have made. I am not the kind of person to have an inside job, said Patrick Fortunato, a ThinkBIG student. “This career, with the education the ThinkBIG program gives, allows me to be able to work my way through the company and have an almost unlimited amount of career growth. In this day in age the smartest decision any young person can make is to get an education. For someone who wishes to be educated and have a fulfilling career working with their hands, the Think Big program, in my eyes is, the only option."
A career as a Dealer Service Technician means no two days will ever be the same. You'll solve big problems, using advanced technologies to service and repair machines and engines, and interface with customers in more than ten different industries.
Click to learn more about the ThinkBIG Technician Scholarship Program.
February 3, 2015 at 1:28 PM
As a high school student Niels Ackerman attended Construction Career Days in Orlando, Fla. The program is designed to introduce school students to the wide range of career opportunities available to them in the construction industry in a hands-on environment.
The event sparked Niels’ interest in the industry and led to him participating in the Think Big program. This two-year, hands-on service technician scholarship program is offered by Ring Power and five other Southeast Cat dealers in partnership with South Georgia Technical College. Last year Ackerman graduated from the program and is now employed as a Heavy Equipment Service Technician at Ring Power’s Orlando branch.
Last month Niels returned to Construction Career Days along with members of Ring Power’s training department.
Niels, Bob Delp (Technical Training Manager) and Gabe Sacco (Training Instructor) put together a presentation with a running 2.2 engine and various hands on parts and photos of Ring Power and the Cat® products and allied lines Ring Power supports.
In addition to learning about career opportunities in the industry, students were divided into teams of two to compete for a Cat hat. They were handed the tools necessary to swap bolts and nuts on two sprocket segments. The team that first completed the task correctly was given the choice of 1 of three new Cat hats.
After that exercise students moved to the 2.2 engine which was hooked to ET and started, in “real time graphing” the display showed: engine speed, percent of torque, requested throttle.
18 sessions were conducted over the three days, with more than 300 students attending.
August 5, 2014 at 3:52 PM
On June 5, Niels Akkerman, John Hugo and John Harrison graduated from the Think Big Program.
The two-year, hands-on service technician scholarship program is offered by Ring Power and five other Southeast Cat dealers in partnership with South Georgia Technical College in Americus, Ga. Akkerman, Hugo and Harrison were the 12th group to graduate from the program since its launch in 2000.
Akkerman, an honor graduate, was inspired to get into the program after attending Construction Career Days as a high school student in Orlando. Construction Career Days, a hands-on event Ring Power’s training department participates in every year, introduces students to the wide range of career opportunities available in the construction industry. Akkerman is now a Heavy Equipment Service Tech based at Ring Power’s Orlando branch. Hugo and Harrison are both working as Heavy Equipment Service Techs in St. Augustine.
As group 12 finishes their Think Big journey, Group 14 is just getting started. Thomas 'Cody' Mitchko, Patrick Fortunato, Austin DuBois, Kyle Schumacher and Cameron Lankford make up the class of 2016. A “signing day” was held for them at Ring Power’s corporate headquarters in St. Augustine on June 30, marking the official start of their Think Big journey. Over the next two years, the students will rotate in eight-week intervals between classroom instruction at South Georgia Technical College and hands-on training at Ring Power.
Mitchko, DuBois, Schumacher and Lankford will intern in St. Augustine under Jason Bickerstaff. Fortunato will intern in Tallahassee under George Long.
July 2, 2014 at 11:23 AM
Ring Power Crane Parts Operations Manager Jeff McMath recently hosted a combined Crane Care Parts training class in St. Augustine. Darious Wenger, senior training instructor for Manitowoc CraneCare in Shady Grove, Pa., administered the training.
This marked the first time that Ring Power Crane conducted parts training on the Grove, GMK, and Manitowoc product lines during the same class. Course material included a history of all three brands, parts manual exercises, component identification and the use of Manitowoc Crane Care's online product support systems.
Including parts counter and product support personnel, nine Ring Power Crane employees attended the training. The excellent turnout demonstrates the division’s ongoing commitment to providing the best possible customer support to owners of Manitowoc Crane Group products.