In September, Cat® Simulators invited students from across the U.S. who were enrolled in heavy equipment operator (HEO) programs to compete in the first-ever Cat Simulators Student Showdown. The students would compete virtually from November 28 to December 9 on either the school/college’s Advanced Construction Excavator or Advanced Dozer Cat Simulators system. We are proud to announce the 2022 Cat® Simulators Student Showdown Champions!
2022 Student Showdown Advanced Dozer Champion
Jordan Troutwine, Miami Valley Career Technology Center
2022 Student Showdown Advanced Construction Excavator Champion
Tim Blais, Tennessee College of Applied Technology Knoxville
How Were the Champions Determined?
Advanced Dozer Tasks
TASK #1 – HOW EFFICIENTLY CAN YOU CRAFT A BUILDING PAD?
Contestants crafted a pad to meet a required grade in the Pad Building exercise. They were judged on how efficiently and quickly they could complete the task since time is money on a jobsite!
TASK #2 – TREE TAKEDOWN!
Contestants dozed down the two biggest trees (the ones that the roots had to be cut) in the Site Clearance exercise. They were judged on how quickly, but safely they could do this task.
TASK #3 – READY. SET. SMILE!
Did you know it’s possible to doze a smiley face? Contestants did just that in this task. They were judged on how quickly, but safely they could complete a smile. And they received extra credit if they dozed the circle around it. 😊
Advanced Construction Excavator Tasks
Task #1 – PRECISION MATTERS!
Contestants maneuvered the excavator quickly while scooping up red balls in the Maneuver Machine exercise while NOT colliding with the barrier or truck. Safety first!
TASK #2 – IS YOUR BUCKET HALF FULL OR HALF EMPTY?
Contestants filled two trucks while on the bench efficiently and safely. The challenge was NOT to overfill the trucks.
TASK #3 – CAN YOU SPELL CAT…WITH AN EXCAVATOR?
We knew contestants could spell “CAT”, but could they “write” it with the excavator’s bucket in the wall of the bench without tramming the machine? Yes, this was EXTREMELY challenging!
2022 Cat Simulators Student Showdown Best Image Winners
Congratulations to Chayse Hipple, Miami Valley Career Technology Center, and Alec Pierson, Miami Valley Career Technology Center, for going above and beyond by doing “extra credit” on the final task for each model.
2022 Student Showdown Best Dozer Image
Chayse Hipple, Miami Valley Career Technology Center
2022 Student Showdown Best Excavator Image
Alec Pierson, Miami Valley Career Technology Center
Cat Simulators Student Showdown Prizes
Each champion and their school/college will receive the following prize packages for a job well done.
INDIVIDUAL CHAMPIONS ($1,000 value)
- Cat® Scale Model
- $500 Amazon Gift Card
- Cat Hi-Vis Sweatshirt
- Cat Waterproof 360° Speaker
- Cat Safety Glasses
- Cat Hi-Vis Safety Work Gloves
- And more!
CHAMPIONS’ SCHOOL/COLLEGE ($7,000 value)
- 2-year SimScholars Subscription or 2-year Extension (if already subscribed)
- 6-hour Virtual Training Session
- Cat Simulators Lighted Sign
- Printed Cat Simulators Safety Posters
- Prize Package for Classroom