Technicians are critical in providing backup support and technical expertise to the agriculture, turf, construction, and forestry industries. This is one of the core principles behind the creation of John Deere’s annual Technician Awards.
The awards were established last year to recognise the hard work and expertise technicians provide to farmers across Australia and New Zealand and their drive to support operators and businesses to be their most efficient, productive, and profitable. AFGRI Equipment is proud to have four of our team members recognised as regional finalists for this year’s awards. AFGRI Equipment – Albany’s Ben Mummery is a finalist for Construction & Forestry Service Technician of the Year whilst AFGRI Equipment – Perth’s John Mooney is a finalist for Turf Technician of the Year. In parts, AFGRI Equipment – Narrogin’s Dillon James is a regional finalist for the Parts Technician of the Year award, whilst AFGRI Equipment – Perth’s Mitchell Channer in a finalist for Parts Apprentice of the Year. John Deere Australia & New Zealand managing director Luke Chandler congratulated all finalists and reiterated the importance of continuing to encourage young talent to flourish. “Apprentices are the industry’s next generation, and this group of ambitious, hardworking and talented young people is a clear indication our sector is in safe hands,” Chandler said. “Year on year, John Deere dealerships commit to training and upskilling both the field service and parts apprentices across rural and regional Australia. “The role of a technician, although traditionally hands-on, has become highly technical and these apprentices will go on the provide imperative backup support to farmers and help the industry full grasp the opportunities of precision agriculture.” All finalists will take part in testing and assessments at John Deere Headquarters in Queensland with the award winners to be announced at a special event on Friday, August 5. Wishing good luck to all.