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ECA Deepens Its Commitment to Drill Rig Safety and Training

By Brian M. Fraley, Fraley Construction Marketing

Equipment Corporation of America (ECA) has taken their leadership role in drill rig operator training to a new level with the establishment of the ECA Training Center in Jacksonville, Florida. The facility will offer a host of training types and exams related to its BAUER and KLEMM lines of equipment. The company has even adopted the slogan, “The Cornerstone of Your Training Foundation,” to draw attention to its increased focus on training. 

Operator Training is a certified program with four and a half days of classroom training focusing on the safe and efficient use of BAUER BG Drill Rigs, RG Pilling Rigs, MC Duty-Cycle Cranes, and KLEMM Drill Rigs. 

Drill Rig Operator Certification Becomes Official

It was December 2018 when the National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO) and the International Association for Foundation Drilling (ADSC) announced the introduction of a certification program for drill rig operators. There was no formal training prior to this so the associations formed a joint task force in February 2017 to take a proactive stance. In fact, ECA’s BAUER Trainer Joe Kinworthy was an active member. The outcome was the establishment of written and practical examinations for Foundation Drill Rig (FDR) and Anchor/Micropile Drill Rig (AMP). 

A Deeper Commitment to Training

ECA’s expansion into training predated NCCCO Certification, according to ECA’s Corporate Director of Parts and Service Dave Schell. “The idea behind our training program kicked off a couple years ago,” he recalled. “We saw the need to elevate our technicians to the next level, and on the customer side, there wasn’t any specific training readily available in the U.S. We saw the opportunity to fill that gap.”

The year 2017 was pivotal because BAUER Maschinen named ECA as a BAUER Regional Training Center. It was then that serious discussions began about taking a more prominent role in foundation equipment training. The initial focus was placed on developing technical and operator’s training for BAUER machinery.

The Founding of the ECA Training Center

In 2018 ECA knew that it wanted to make a more serious commitment to practical training after having success with numerous classroom training sessions. There was a perfect one-acre parcel adjacent to ECA Jacksonville in Green Cove Springs, Florida that was being used for storage. After a series of negotiations with the owner, ECA leased the land, and invested in sitework, fencing, and signage. The ECA Training Center was official. 

Trainer Burt Kerns is certified by KLEMM and recognized as an expert in its drilling equipment. 

“The goal from day one was to have a dedicated location separate of our current facilities where we could operate a machine, drill a hole, and have live exercises,” Schell recalled. “The training center has been key to fulfilling our customers’ training needs.” 

The ECA Training Center is dedicated to practical use, NCCCO examinations, and live demonstrations, it also has a dedicated spot for classroom training. On any given day, trainers can be found assembling and disassembling rigs and executing specific drilling operations for a crowd of trainees. 

Jacksonville was the obvious choice even though ECA has eight other locations in the U.S. and Canada because its moderate climate will allow customers to receive training year-round, according to ECA’s BAUER Certified Trainer Joe Kinworthy. “And who doesn’t want to come to Florida?” he quipped.

Technical Training is a certified program offering a basic knowledge of the principles of electrical and hydraulic systems for BAUER and KLEMM equipment technicians. It includes both classroom (theoretical) and hands-on (practical) instruction.

Despite the substantial investment in the ECA Training Center, the company continues to take the training to the offices and jobsites of its customers from Florida to the most remote corners of Canada. The location is usually determined by the type of training. For example, the jobsite is the perfect setting when an operator is being trained on a new drilling application or a new rig is being commissioned. 

Three Training Categories 

ECA is focused on three categories of training at this point, all of which focus on BAUER and KLEMM equipment. All of these programs are available upon request.

ECA’s BAUER Trainer Joe Kinworthy specializes in the hydraulic and electrical systems of the BAUER BG, RG, MC, and MAT product lines and is also recognized by NCCCO as a Foundation Drill Rig and Anchor/Micropile Examiner.

Technical Training provides a basic knowledge of the principles of electrical and hydraulic systems for equipment technicians. This certified program includes both classroom (theoretical) and hands-on (practical) instruction.

“A lot of our customers have their own technicians,” said ECA’s Technician, KLEMM Specialist, and Trainer Burt Kerns. “The smarter they are about how the rigs operate and function, the more efficient they are. The end result is more uptime and productivity on the jobsite.”

Operator Training is a certified program that focuses on safety and efficiency. Training Programs include BAUER BG Drill Rigs, RG Pilling Rigs, MC Duty-Cycle Cranes, and KLEMM Drill Rigs. Each Program includes four and a half days of theoretical (classroom) training.  There is also in-depth discussion on how to execute different drilling methods with the proper equipment and tools. Trainees that successfully complete the program and pass the exam receive a BAUER Training Center Certificate. 

BAUER Maschinen designated ECA a BAUER Regional Training Center in 2017. Pictured at IFCEE 2018 where ECA made the official announcement are (from left): Dave Schell, Joe Kinworthy, and Chris Recke.

The NCCCO Exam is intended to improve safety for all foundation drill rig and anchor/micropile rig operators. This certification program was designed by experts from all aspects of the industry and is not specific to one manufacturer of drill rigs.  Operators, owners, users, trainers, safety supervisors, and manufacturers collectively representing thousands of hours of experience developed this program with the primary goal of improving the safety of all whose work brings them into contact with foundation and anchor/micropile drill rigs. This is an official certification for those that successfully complete the NCCCO official Practical Exam. ECA provides training to prepare for the written exam and is also recognized by NCCCO as both a training facility and exam site. 

Several trade associations and private companies have begun to offer foundation drilling-related training, but Kerns insists that ECA’s program is different because it is built around the company’s foundation equipment. “The training that those organizations are putting out is a general overview,” he said. “What we’re doing is very specific to KLEMM and BAUER and the way those machines function, the technology, and the ability to troubleshoot and understand their electrical and hydraulic circuits.”

ECA has observed a larger than usual amount of safety-related technical advances in BAUER and KLEMM equipment in the last five years. Its goal is to continue working with the manufacturers to develop a comprehensive curriculum and keep its customers up to date with the latest technology and safety advancements. 

Expert Trainers: the Foundation Cornerstone

ECA is no stranger to offering equipment training. The company has been bringing in trainers from BAUER and KLEMM’s German headquarters to conduct courses for many years. After selling out most of those sessions and receiving continued requests from customers, ECA was compelled to make training more readily available. 

ECA’s Technical Training provides a basic knowledge of the principles of electrical and hydraulic systems for equipment technicians and includes both classroom (theoretical) and hands-on (practical) instruction.

“We have expanded the availability of the training tenfold by doing it ourselves,” said Schell. “This is now a revolving experience rather than once or twice a year when BAUER or KLEMM had a trainer in the U.S.”

Much of the impetus behind ECA bringing training in-house traces back to two trainers: Joe Kinworthy and Burt Kerns. Kinworthy is a certified BAUER trainer and Kerns is KLEMM certified.

Kinworthy specializes in the hydraulic and electrical systems of the BAUER BG, RG, MC, and MAT product lines. He is also recognized by NCCCO as a Foundation Drill Rig and Anchor/Micropile Examiner.

Kinworthy isn’t only a seasoned BAUER training expert; before joining ECA in 2016 he spent 24 years running its equipment while working for BAUER. Kinworthy’s perspective has provided the unique ability to recognize ways to improve operator efficiency and safety. 

“Safety is always the number one topic that probably is discussed the most in the class,” he said, noting that today’s owners are putting safety before low bid when evaluating contractors. “I see this training as a partnership with our customers to share the knowledge.”

But safety is not the only objective of ECA’s training. It also focuses on operational efficiency, maintenance, and technical principles. ECA understands that customer satisfaction is driven by the productivity of its operators and technicians. The company wants its customers to be safe, productive, and knowledgeable of its ECA’s Technical Training provides a basic knowledge of the principles of electrical and hydraulic systems for equipment technicians and includes both classroom (theoretical) and hands-on (practical) instruction.. 

Schell has a simple philosophy: “A knowledgeable customer generally is a happy customer,” he said. “We want to give them the feeling that they’re in control of their machine.”

The ECA Training Center is dedicated to practical use, NCCCO examinations, live demonstrations, and classroom training.DCIM/100MEDIA/DJI_0158.JPG

The Quest to Keep Up with Changing Equipment Technology

BAUER and KLEMM are constantly innovating, which results in never-ending equipment technology updates. ECA’s training program is designed to prevent equipment damage and improve safety for operators and technicians of all ages and skill levels. 

“Drilling a hole is no longer just drilling a hole,” Kerns said, noting that assistant systems, safety protocols, remote control, and new applications have made running the equipment more challenging. “Our training ultimately helps them to figure it out, and ultimately makes them better, safer, and more productive drillers.”

Kinworthy and Kerns pride themselves on staying current. That means keeping certifications up to date, partnering with BAUER and KLEMM, studying manuals, and even operating the equipment to understand the customers’ perspective. 

ECA is experiencing strong demand so far. “Some of the bigger companies understand that they need to keep their people on top of the changing machine technology,” said Kinworthy. “They also realize that it’s their responsibility to keep employees properly trained.” 

It’s not just contractor sending their employees to the training. ECA is seeing individuals taking operator training as a resume builder. “It shows that individuals are realizing the importance of this training and what it means for them to have that on their resume going forward,” explained Kerns.  

“The idea is to keep this training program growing,” Schell said. “We’re simply going to keep one foot in front of the other and focus on what our customers need.”

CSDA Opens Registration for Fall Training and Certification Classes

The Concrete Sawing & Drilling Association (CSDA) has opened registration for its Fall training and certification. The packed schedule features six 101 and 201 courses, as well as a GPR certification! Attendees can expect hands-on and classroom-style learning from one of the most respected and knowledgeable veterans of the industry, Rick Norland.

CSDA has scheduled a series of comprehensive introductory programs geared toward anyone wishing to begin or expand their knowledge of cutting disciplines that will take place in Portland, Oregon, at the ICS Training Facility. They are followed by a series of advanced Operator Certifications designed for experienced operators looking to gain proficiency in sawing and drilling techniques and those classes will be held in sunny Clearwater, Florida, at St. Petersburg College. The schedule is as follows:

Date                                   Course                                                                          Location

Oct. 14-15, 2019               Slab Sawing & Core Drilling 101                                  Portland, Oregon

Oct. 16-17, 2019               Wall & Hand Sawing 101                                               Portland, Oregon

Oct. 18, 2019                    Wire Sawing 101                                                              Portland, Oregon

Nov. 8-9, 2019                 GPR Certification                                                            Clearwater, Florida

Nov. 11-12, 2019              Slab Sawing & Core Drilling 201                                  Clearwater, Florida

Nov. 13-14, 2019              Wall & Hand Sawing 201                                               Clearwater, Florida

Nov. 15, 2019                   Wire Sawing 201                                                               Clearwater, Florida

As part of its Train More Save More program, the association offers large discounts to companies that send multiple operators to sawing and drilling classes. CSDA also has an online training website consisting of 27 classes available via www.csdatraining.com.

“Since its launch in 1995, the CSDA Training Program has had over 9,000 graduates and over the past couple of years, we have seen course participation grow across the board. An increasing number of companies are once again feeling financially confident enough to invest in industry training, which not only improves efficiency, safety, and productivity but raises the professionalism of the whole industry,” says CSDA Lead Instructor Rick Norland.

The association has hands-on, classroom and online classes for every discipline and skill level, allowing contractors to provide operators with superior training. To find registration details and other important information about these classes, visit www.csda.org/training.

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The Concrete Sawing & Drilling Association is a nonprofit trade association of contractors, manufacturers and affiliated members from the construction and renovation industry. Diamond tools for projects requiring sawing, drilling, selective demolition, cutting, and polishing offers the construction industry many benefits including lower total project costs, precision cutting, maintenance of structural integrity, reduced downtime, reduced noise, dust and debris, limited access cutting and the ability to cut heavily-reinforced concrete. Founded in 1972, CSDA has 500 member companies worldwide.


LiuGong Forges Relationship With Cummins To Launch Dealer Certification Program

LiuGong Construction Machinery announced a new, strategic alliance with Cummins, a long-term partner and supplier of engines for LiuGong products.  The new alliance provides LiuGong dealers with the opportunity to become certified and authorized Cummins Service Providers.  The goal for both LiuGong and Cummins through this partnership is to provide their joint customer base with enhanced customer service and support.

According to Dan Collins, Deputy General Manager for Global After Sales Support for LiuGong, “This partnership was put into place to ensure that both LiuGong and Cummins have the after the sale structure in place to provide outstanding customer service and deliver maximum uptime to our customers.  By creating camaraderie between the local Cummins distributor, who originally certifies the LiuGong dealer and recertifies them annually, we’re able to streamline repairs to ensure that our customers’ equipment operates with as little downtime as possible.”

Traditionally, a LiuGong equipment owner would need to take their equipment to their local LiuGong dealer for any warranty related service issue except those related to the engine.  When an engine repair was required during the warranty period, the customer or their LiuGong dealer would have to contact their closest Cummins distributor to perform the service.  By becoming certified, LiuGong dealers will be able to work directly with a Cummins distributor to secure genuine Cummins parts to perform their customer’s required engine maintenance or repair. Not only does this provide a level of convenience to the customer, but is also provides LiuGong dealers with an additional revenue stream.

There are three levels of certification currently available to LiuGong dealers:  Maintenance Dealer, Repair Dealer and Full Service Dealer.  In order to attain these certifications, LiuGong dealers must complete technical and warranty training through their local Cummins distributor, maintain a consistent parts inventory and invest in the tools necessary to service the engines they are certified to work on. Depending on the level of certification/s received, the dealer may complete maintenance only, maintenance and external repairs or all internal and external warranty repairs on the engine/s.

Through this alliance, LiuGong and Cummins are able to assure customers that all LiuGong products powered by a Cummins Engine receive superior engine support.  According to Fred Rideneur, General Manager of Business Operations for LiuGong North America, this program is attractive on all levels, for owners of LiuGong equipment, for LiuGong dealers and for the local Cummins distributor.  “In the equipment business you need to live and breathe service. Any minute a piece of equipment is down, it’s costing the customer money.  By establishing a partnership between the local LiuGong dealer and closest Cummins distributor, we’re making sure that we can service all aspects of our customers’ machines.  If we can service them, we can guarantee them that we’ll be able to minimize any unplanned downtime.  That level of commitment is indicative of LiuGong’s promise and delivery of second-to-none customer service.”

To date, three LiuGong dealers have received their Cummins Certified Service Provider designation through this program: Equipment East in Massachusetts, Anderson Machinery in Texas and Midwest Loader Sales in South Dakota.

According to Giovanni Albanese of Equipment East, “LiuGong continues to impress our dealership with their dedication to customer service. They are extremely focused on delivery of a quality product that exceeds a customer’s expectation.  For our dealership, this certification is invaluable. It allows us to ensure that we can get our customers equipment fixed regardless of the failure as quickly as possible, thereby eliminating or minimizing downtime.  Being able to make that promise and stand behind it helps us sell LiuGong products. Their affiliation with a well-known brand like Cummins is also beneficial. ”

LiuGong Construction Machinery has been producing high quality construction equipment for more than 50 years and is growing throughout the world, producing more than 50,000 wheel loaders a year.  LiuGong currently offers wheel loaders, excavators, mini-excavators, backhoe loaders, skid-steer loaders and vibratory soil compactors to the North American Market. For more information please visit www.LiuGongNA.com

Wacker Neuson Announces First Class For New Technical Academy Commercial/Industrial Concrete Flatwork Finisher Prep Course

Wacker Neuson has announced the creation of a Technical Academy.  The Wacker Neuson Technical Academy is a new endeavor by the compact and light construction equipment manufacturer to ensure contractors are up-to-date on the latest industry processes and techniques.

The Technical Academy’s first class is scheduled for March 24 and March 25, 2011 at Wacker Neuson’s training facility in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin (just outside of Milwaukee, WI).  This inaugural Technical Academy curriculum is a prep course for the ACI Specialty Commercial/Industrial Concrete Floor Finishers certification.  The course will be conducted by 17-time Golden Trowel Award winner, Bryan Birdwell.  Birdwell has proven his expertise in producing the flattest, most level concrete floors in the world. He will join Wacker Neuson’s Technical Academy to teach contractors his best practices and give them the technical skills they need to pass the highest level industrial/commercial certification exams.

The concrete prep course is a complete two-day session that includes classroom and hands on training.  All participants will leave being fully prepared to complete the written and skills portions of an official ACI Specialty Commercial/Industrial Concrete Floor Finisher certification test.  Day one will contain classroom seminars focusing on constructing concrete floors with topics including F-number system, random and defined traffic floors, constructing proper sub-grade, mix designs, hand tools, bull floats, check rods, bump cutters, machine patterns and troubleshooting.  Day two is hands-on training in the placing and finishing of high tolerance F-number floors. Class participants will prep the sub-grade, verify the mix design and receive expert training in placing and finishing superflat and high tolerance floors.

Wacker Neuson is offering this special prep course for an introductory price of only $250.00 per person.  This course fee includes two nights hotel accommodation, transportation to/from the airport, course materials and lunch.  Participants are responsible for transportation to Milwaukee, Wisconsin. For more information and to register, please visit www.wackerneusontech.com.

Wacker Neuson has been training dealers in its state-of-the-art training facility in Menomonee Falls for many years, and the Technical Academy takes training to a new level to reach contractors. The Academy courses will be lead by industry experts, associations and facilitated by Wacker Neuson training professionals. Wacker Neuson will continue to expand its curriculum to include Academy sessions on the latest compaction and concrete consolidation techniques.