Werner’s Gra-Gar team is among the most talented in the industry, and its Omaha technicians had the chance to put their skills on display when Werner hosted its first in-house Top Tech competition.
Technicians showcased their knowledge through both written and practical applications as they competed for bragging rights as Werner’s Top Tech for 2015.
“This competition really shows the depth of the experience and knowledge they have,” said Scott Reed, senior vice president of Maintenance.
This year’s Top Tech honors went to Brett Heitman. Heitman, who has been a tractor A technician with Werner for one year, received his training at WyoTech. Earlier this summer, Heitman competed at the Nebraska State SuperTech competition and placed fifth out of 96 competitors.
Jeremy Roll earned second place in the Top Tech competition. Roll has three and half years under his belt as a tractor A technician and received his training from Northeast Community College.
The third place finalist was Ed Finnell. Finnell, who received his formal training at Iowa Western Community College, is a seasoned tractor A technician with 25 years of Werner service.
“Technicians play a vital role in the safety and efficiency of our fleet,” said Craig Albers, director of Trailer Operations. “It’s nice to see their accomplishments and be able to quantify them.”
The team hopes to roll the competition out to additional terminals in the future.