Utility Contractor

JUL-AUG 2018

As the official magazine of NUCA, Utility Contractor presents the latest information affecting every aspect of the utility construction industry, including technological advancements, safety issues, legislative developments and instructional advice.

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8 Utility Contractor | July/August 2018 Keith Krass, right, receives the 2017 grand prize. As vacuum excavators expand use beyond horizontal directional drilling (HDD) jobsites to other industrial applications such as microtrenching, operators require new technology, tools and information to be productive and safe on the job. Ditch Witch, a Charles Machine Works Company, recently introduced the Ditch Witch Certified Vacuum Excavation Training program to help both novice and experienced operators maintain performance and safety when using vacuum excavators on today's diverse jobsites. "We recognize that vacuum excavation is being adopted to conquer a wide range of jobs and we want to ensure operators are prepared," said Greg Wolfe, Ditch Witch director of training. "With our new vacuum excavation training courses, operators will receive an advanced education to safely and effectively use the machines for new and traditional applications. We're excited for what's next in preparing our crews for today's diverse jobsites, and the new training program is a great complement to our existing offering of HDD courses." The training program features a series of industry-leading courses that provide the most comprehensive vacuum excavation training instruction on the market today. And, as vacuum excavation technology continues to evolve, the training program is designed to educate both novice and expert operators on new machine functionality and applications. Each course provides detailed information on a subject related to vacuum excavation, including machine operation best practices, safety procedures, tooling selection and advanced equipment controls. Participants can complete the entire program online anytime, anywhere from a computer or smart device. The full training program provides content on how to efficiently, productively and safely use vacuum excavation equipment. The online training program allows users to take the courses at their own speed and return to any course, as needed. After all courses are fully completed, participants can print an official Ditch Witch Certified Training certificate of completion. In addition to the online courses, crews have the option to work with their local Ditch Witch dealer to participate in an instructor-led classroom course, dealer-site training on the equipment, or receive training on the actual jobsite. The training program is part of the full suite of Ditch Witch customer productivity tools – including Parts Lookup, Orange Intel and HDD Advisor – available through the customer's MyDitchWitch online account – with a single login to consolidate all customer engagement tools in one location. For more information on Ditch Witch Certified Training, visit www.ditchwitch.com/training . GROUNDBREAKING NEWS Ditch Witch Certified Training Program Offers New Vacuum Excavation Courses Construction industry software developer, HCSS, has opened registration for its fourth-annual $50,000 Construction Intern Awards scholarship program for students in construction-related fields. A new twist added to this year's program features 13 weekly contests – running from June 4 through Sept. 2 – that will award 12, $2,000 scholarships and one special $4,000 scholarship. In all, 17 scholarships will be awarded with the grand prize, $10,000 Intern of the Year scholarship and three $4,000 Finalist scholarships announced in November. Also new this year, student interns can receive up to two weekly scholarships and remain eligible to receive the grand prize Intern of the Year scholarship. "Our Construction Intern Awards scholarship program is about showcasing and recognizing the top interns and the companies who help them succeed," says Steve McGough, President & CFO of HCSS. "This year, we wanted to expand opportunities for highly motivated interns to earn more scholarships, while generating more program excitement and engagement by holding weekly contests. The new format allows students to post pictures while completing their internships." Construction Intern Awards scholarship program participants must have completed or be currently enrolled in a construction-related internship lasting at least two months during the January 2017 – August 2018 school year. Participants still working to complete their summer internships are eligible to enter the weekly scholarship contests. Online registration started June 1 at www.constructioninternawards.com , where interns can apply for the weekly and grand prize scholarships. HCSS's $50,000 Construction Intern Awards Scholarship Program for 2018 Now Features Weekly Summer Winners

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