Raleigh - The best heavy equipment operators in the N.C. Department of Transportation will square off on Tuesday, July 12, at the N.C. State Fairgrounds in Raleigh for the annual statewide Equipment Operators Roadeo.
Transportation Secretary Nick Tennyson will kick off the festivities when he welcomes the competitors on Tuesday morning. Then the six individual winners from each of the Department's 14 highway divisions across the state will get a chance to showcase their individual skills in heavy equipment operation. Each division held local roadeos earlier this year.
Equipment operators will show off their skills operating single axle and tandem axle dump trucks, low boy trailers (a semi-trailer used to haul heavy equipment), motor graders, backhoes, and tractor/mowers. Participants will be tested on backing up, maneuvering around obstacles, picking up objects, locating safety defects, and other situations which reflect their daily challenges.
The event focuses on helping NCDOT workers advance their skills, emphasizing the importance of safety when operating heavy equipment, as well as fostering a sense of team spirit and recognizing employees who excel at their jobs.
Division 4, which includes employees from Edgecombe, Halifax, Johnston, Nash, Wayne and Wilson counties, comes in as the defending champion.
The 6 winners and 6 runners up from this year's event will represent the state DOT at the Southeastern Regional Roadeo, hosted by Georgia DOT in Savannah on September 6-8. This competition includes winners from 10 southeastern states.