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Career Pathways: High School Presentation Sparks Interest in Heavy Equipment Technician Career

During high school, Adam Rake was enrolled in his school’s building academy. He planned to go into the construction industry upon graduation, but at the height of the economic recession, construction jobs were hard to come by.  Adam even struggled to find a company offering an unpaid internship. 

His teacher at the timereached out to the directors at the building academy, who did some research and discovered Ring Power’s ThinkBIG diesel technician scholarship program.  Ring Power’s ThinkBIG program coordinator made a visit to the school and gave a presentation to students about the program. Liking what he heard, Adam decided to apply. After a few interviews and completing testing, he was offered a spot in the two-year program.  

“It wasn’t the career field I had envisioned in high school, but I am glad I found it,” Adam said. 

After a short internship with Ring Power’s Cat Rental Store, Adam began his ThinkBIG Journey. For two years, he rotated in eight-week intervals between classroom instruction at South Georgia Technical College and hands-on training at Ring Power in St. Augustine.     

After graduating from the program, Adam went to work as a Heavy Equipment Service Tech II in St. Augustine. He later took on the role of Field Service Technician, a position he held for more than four years. After that, he was asked to come back to the shop to work as a Service Advisor. He spent two years in the Service Advisor role before being promoted to his current position as Shop Foreman. 

“The Think Big program is a wonderful opportunity and can provide a great career path with the right attitude and work ethic,” Adam remarked.  

For more information on Ring Power’s ThinkBIG program, visit 

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