Watauga NCDOT Employee Takes 1st Place In State “Roadeo”

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RALEIGH – The most skilled heavy equipment operators in the N.C. Department of Transportation competed in the department’s annual statewide Equipment Operators Roadeo, held on Aug. 3 at the N.C. State Fairgrounds in Raleigh. The six individual winners from local roadeos held by each of the department’s 14 highway divisions several months ago showcased their individual abilities in heavy equipment operation.

The competition tested contenders in a variety of difficult situations, including backing up, maneuvering around obstacles, picking up objects, locating safety defects, and other challenges  that mirror real world conditions. The event helps NCDOT’s workers advance their skills, while emphasizing the importance of safety when operating heavy equipment. Division 11, which includes Watauga, Caldwell, Wilkes, Yadkin, Surry, Alleghany, Ashe and Avery counties, came in as the statewide champion.

CLASS                       PLACE           NAME                        DIV.       COUNTY

Single Axle                 first                 Steve Jones               11         Watauga

Tandem Axle              first                 Raymond Moore         5          Durham

LowBoy                      first                 Toby May                    7          Guilford

Backhoe                     first                 Namoma Emanuel      9          Forsyth

MotorGrader               first                 Josh Leatherman       12        Cleveland

Tractor/Mower            first                 Felipe Gutierrez          5          Wake

The six individual winners and six runners up from this year’s event will represent the N.C. Department of Transportation at the Southeastern Regional Roadeo, hosted by Tennessee DOT in Sept.18- 21 in Sevierville.  This competition includes winners from 10 southeastern states.

 

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