NEWS RELEASE May 27, 2022
New Zealand John Deere Technicians vie for top honour
Crestmead, Queensland (27 May, 2022) – AUSTRALIA and New Zealand's most outstanding technicians will again vie for recognition as the best in their field at John Deere's second annual John Deere Technician Awards.
Already, more than 100 nominations have been received for the 2022 Awards, following an extraordinary response to the inaugural contest last year which was launched to celebrate the critical role high-performing techs play in providing back-up support and technical expertise to the agriculture, turf, construction and forestry industries.
John Deere Australia and New Zealand Managing Director, Luke Chandler, said the award categories - Service Technician of the Year, Parts Technician of the Year, Service Technician Apprentice of the Year and Parts Technician Apprentice of the Year – across agriculture, turf and construction and forestry industries, helped spotlight the incredible contribution Australian and New Zealand technicians made to helping businesses leverage the most out of their machinery and technology.
"Australia and New Zealand is home to some of the best technicians in the world," Mr Chandler said.
"Last year the awards showcased an incredible lineup of finalists made up of men and women who had proven track records of helping farmers and businesses unlock greater productivity and sustainability achievements through their technology."
In 2021, Bryce Dickson, a Master Technician working at Brandt Whangārei, said he was honoured to receive the title of New Zealand Ag and Turf Service Technician of the Year.
"I felt incredibly proud to represent the Brandt dealership and my local farming community during the awards and judging," Mr Dickson said.
"The most rewarding part of my job is that I know I am having a positive impact on a farmer's business and feel as though I am part of the journey with them as they strive to improve the efficiency and sustainability of their operation through their technology."
The proud father-of-two excelled during the judging process, showcasing his thorough technical expertise and skills in providing remote backup support to maximise machinery uptime
This year, judging will take place in-person at the John Deere Australia and New Zealand headquarters in Brisbane from 3 to 5 August.
Given the breadth of the current nominee pool, Mr Chandler predicted fierce competition throughout judging during which services and parts technicians' will be tested on their ability to problem solve both hands-on tasks and technical troubleshooting.
"The role of technicians in Australia and New Zealand is remarkably diverse. Our techs are highly skilled in performing machine diagnostics and repairs, and utilise remote support tools to optimise machinery performance for their customers," Mr Chandler said.
"The job can vary from enacting the precision agriculture setup on a combine working across the Canterbury Plains, to tweaking GPS settings on turf equipment at one of the country's premier golf courses."
Nominations to the John Deere Technician Awards have now closed. Regional finalists of the John Deere Technicians Awards will be announced in July, with the winners recognised at an Awards event planned for 5 August.
Watch the day in the life of New Zealand Ag and Turf Service Technician of the Year, Bryce Dickson, here.
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