ThinkBIG Enrolls New Class

August 4, 2020 at 12:01 PMRing Power

On Aug. 17, the newest class of ThinkBIG technician scholarship recipients will begin their ThinkBIG journey at South Georgia Technical College.  L-R: Lucas Missall (Gainesville PSD), Mason Underkoffler (Orlando HE), Alex Laird (Tampa HE), Simon Westra (Tampa HE). The ThinkBIG Technician Scholarship recipients will begin class in August.

Over the next two years, the six students will rotate in eight-week intervals between classroom instruction at South Georgia Technical College and hands-on training at their Ring Power branch.   

Five of the students will follow the heavy equipment technician track; one will complete the generator technician track. Upon graduation in 2022, all of the students will have earned an Associate Degree in Applied Technology.

The new class includes:

Lucas Missall (Gainesville Power Systems)

Mason Underkoffler (Orlando Heavy Equipment)

Alex Laird (Tampa Heavy Equipment)

Simon Westra (Tampa Heavy Equipment) 

Isaiah Greer (St. Augustine Heavy Equipment)

James Bozman (St. Augustine Heavy Equipment) 

For more information on Ring Power's Technician Scholarship program, visit www.ringpower.com/thinkbig 

L-R: Isaiah Greer (WCC HE) and James Bozman (WCC HE). Both of these ThinkBIG technician scholarship students will be working out of WCC Heavy Equipment Main Shop.  

 

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Heavy Equipment Operator Training Adapts to COVID-19

July 22, 2020 at 12:18 PMRing Power

COVID-19 has changehow we all work and operate. But while many stay home, construction workers and equipment operators remain on the frontline. As essential workers, the job doesn’t stop. While work on critical projects continues, machine operators still require ongoing training on the equipment they use to get the job done. Ring Power’s heavy equipment operator training team has made extensive changes to ensure these essential workers receive the training they need, as safely as possible.    

New Safety Precautions Include: 

COVID-19 questionnaire must be completed prior to class start 

Temperature checks prior to class start 

Class size decreased to 6 persons maximum 

Larger classroom utilized for proper social distancing 

Zero handshake policy 

Masks required for all in classroom instruction and inside machines 

All students provided with latex gloves, hand sanitizer and sanitizing wipes 

Instructor stands outside the cab window to go over the familiarization of the controls and technology with the students vs being inside the cab with them (Facetime can be used if requested) 

All communication with the student after initial familiarization and start up is now done over two-way radios to decrease close contact encounters 

“Our group is resilient and committed to our customers and we have adapted and will continue to adapt as things are always changing, said Blake Conwell, Field Operations Manager. “As long as we are able to provide the same great service to our customers in a safe responsible manner, we are going to do that day in and day out! 

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Ring Power Safety Director Elected to Northeast Florida Safety Council Board of Directors

January 15, 2020 at 3:13 PMRing Power

Ring Power Safety Director Steve Brown

Steve Brown (Ring Power Safety Director), was recently elected to serve on the Board of Directors for the Northeast Florida Safety Council (NEFSC).  Based in Jacksonville, the safety council serves five counties in Northeast Florida.  NEFSC is a non-governmental, not-for-profit, public service organization dedicated to promoting good health, saving lives, preventing accidents and maintaining a safe environment through workplace safety programs, road safety training programs, and community service. With four locations throughout the First Coast, NEFSC offers classroom safety courses in addition to online training.  The safety council has served the Northeast Florida area since 1942 and has over 450 local business members, including Ring Power. Kudos to Steve on this awesome achievement!

 

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Heavy Equipment Techs Attend D6 XE Training

December 17, 2019 at 9:15 AMRing Power

In October, Ring Power’s training department conducted a training class in Ocala, Florida on the new Cat® D6 XE Track-Type Tractor. This was a chance for Heavy Equipment (HE) Service Technicians to learn all about the world’s first world’s first high drive electric drive dozer. Pictured L-R: Tyler Grissom (Tallahassee HE FS Tech II), Travis Thomas (Lake City HE Service Tech II), Alex Daugherty (Ocala HE Service Tech II, Steve Bourn (Tampa HE Service Tech I), Noland Lashinski (WCC Technical Communicator), Tyler Vickery (Ocala HE FS Tech II), Steve Smith (Lakeland HE FS Tech II), Buck Reed (Orlando HE FS Tech II), Clyde Rogers (Tampa Training Instructor).  On equipment: Chris Clardy (Pecan Park HE FS Tech II), Joel Hindmarsh (WCC HE FS Tech I). Not pictured: Nate Cournoyer, Mike Lundquist, Josh Watson.

The electric drive system starts with a Cat C9.3B engine. Instead of powering a torque converter, the engine drives a generator that turns the mechanical engine power into electricity. Instead of a transmission, an electric motor powers the final drives. A power inverter is connected to both the generator and the motor by heavy-duty power cables and connectors, and this inverter controls the flow of electricity between the two components.

The electric motor can operate at all ground speeds, ensuring the dozer is always operating at the most efficient point possible. The electric drive components are fully sealed against the environment and liquid cooled, so the whole system performs efficiently and reliably in the most demanding dozer applications. Like a traditional powershift transmission in a high drive dozer, the D6 XE Electric Drive power train is completely modular, so internal components can be accessed quickly and efficiently.

The new D6 XE with Electric Drive offers up to 35 percent better fuel efficiency; class-leading maneuverability and power; almost 90 percent fewer rotating parts than a traditional power train — which generates less heat and aids serviceability and component life.

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Ring Power Receives Award for Excellence in Technician Development

October 10, 2019 at 3:47 PMRing Power

Ring Power’s training department was recently recognized with achieving Caterpillar Global Standards and Requirements in Technician Development.

Members of the Ring Power training team receive the Technician Career Development Process Assessment Certification. L-R: Terri Brown, Clyde Rogers, Devin Rawn, Darrin Symonds, Chip Handley, Roy Morrison, Gabe Sacco, Amanda Anders, Abel Posada.

 The team completed the Technician Career Development Process Assessment.

 Two other Ring Power trainers were also recognized with big achievements.

Devin Rawn receives his Caterpillar Instructor Accreditation certificate from Abel Posada.

Devin Rawn received his Caterpillar Instructor Accreditation. 

 

Clyde Rogers receives his certificate for IFPS from Gabe Sacco.

Clyde Rogers received his International Fluid Power Society Certification and is now officially a certified Mobile Hydraulic Mechanic.

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Group 19 Begins ThinkBIG Journey

August 15, 2019 at 9:54 AMRing Power

On Aug. 2, the newest class of ThinkBIG scholarship recipients and their families gathered at Ring Power's corporate headquarters in St. Augustine for “signing day.”

Over the next two years, they will rotate in eight-week intervals between classroom instruction at South Georgia Technical College and hands-on training at their Ring Power branch.  Group 19 Begins ThinkBIG Journey

Six of the students will follow the heavy equipment technician track; three will complete the generator technician track. Upon graduation in 2021, all of the students will have earned an Associate Degree in Applied Technology.

The Group 19 ThinkBIG students are:

Colby Klipstine -- St. Augustine -- Heavy Equipment

Collin Nye -- Orlando -- Heavy Equipment

Garrett Hultquist -- St. Augustine -- Power Systems

Jake Stallings  -- Palm Bay -- Power Systems

Garrett Lee Robinette -- St. Augustine -- Heavy Equipment

Zack Brate  -- Tampa   -- Heavy Equipment

Wyatt Davis  -- St. Augustine   -- Heavy Equipment

Josh Roberts -- Ocala  -- Heavy Equipment

Dylan Hackett  -- Palm Bay --  Power Systems

Congratulations, everyone! Good luck with your studies.

For more information on Ring Power's Technician Scholarship program, visit www.ringpower.com/thinkbig

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Class of 2018 Graduates from ThinkBIG Technician Scholarship Program

June 12, 2018 at 11:10 AMRing Power

Ring Power’s largest group to ever complete the ThinkBIG Technician Scholarship program walked across the stage to claim their diplomas, May 8 at South Georgia Technical College in Americus, Ga. Pictured L-R: The 2018 graduates of the ThinkBig program are: Blair Revels (WCC – HE), Jason Amador (WCC – EPG), Logan Lauk (Palm Bay –EPG), Logan Boyd (Tallahassee – EPG), Ricky Long (WCC – HE), Jason Dillard (WCC – HE), Sean Evans (Tallahassee – HE), Don Roundtree – (SGTC Instructor), Chad Lower (Tampa – HE), John Arp (WCC – HE), Garrett Wells (Ocala – HE).

Keeping with tradition, a dinner in honor of the graduates was hosted by Ring Power and other sponsoring Cat® dealers prior to the commencement ceremony. In attendance were: Pat O’Brien (SVP, Director of Product Support), Chris Tomkinson (VP, PSD Service Operations Manager), Ken Potts (PSD General Service Manager), Rick Howard (St. Augustine PSD Branch Service Manager), Jason Bickerstaff (St. Augustine HE Main Shop Service Manager), Hector Feliciano (Tallahassee HE Branch Service Manager), Mark Dunlap (Tallahassee PSD Branch Service Manager), and Teri Brown (St. Augustine Customer Training/ThinkBig Manager). Families and friends of the graduating students also attended the dinner to share in their accomplishments.

With 10 students, this was Ring Power’s largest ThinkBIG group to date. This was also the first group to have students graduate from the Electric Power Generation (EPG) track, since it was launched as part of the ThinkBIG program two years ago.

Two of Ring Power’s graduating students, Logan Boyd and Jason Dillard, were recognized for highest overall marks in the entire program!

The 2018 ThinkBIG graduates are: 

Blair Revels - St. Augustine – Heavy Equipment

Jason Amador - St. Augustine - Electric Power Generation

Logan Lauk - Palm Bay - Electric Power Generation

Logan Boyd -Tallahassee – Electric Power Generation

Ricky Long - St. Augustine - Heavy Equipment

Jason Dillard - St. Augustine - Heavy Equipment

Sean Evans - Tallahassee Heavy Equipment

Chad Lower - Tampa - Heavy Equipment

John Arp - St. Augustine - Heavy Equipment

Garrett Wells - Ocala - Heavy Equipment 

Congratulations to all of the 2018 ThinkBIG graduates! Kudos on all of your hard-work and dedication! We wish you much success in your Ring Power careers!

For more information on Ring Power's Technician Scholarship program, visit www.ringpower.com/thinkbig

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Ring Power Presence at Construction Career Days Boosts Interest in Service Tech Careers

February 17, 2017 at 9:29 AMRing Power

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!

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VIDEO: Construction Equipment Daily Cab Routine

November 18, 2016 at 10:52 AMRing Power
use these pointers to be safe, comfortable and aware once inside the heavy construction equipment cab.

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!

Follow Ring Power's YouTube Channel for more Quick Tips.

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Ring Power’s ThinkBIG Technician Scholarship Program Offers Big Career Opportunities

January 14, 2016 at 3:26 PMRing Power

 

 

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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.

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