Terex Utilities Experts to Help Develop Drill-Rig-Operator Certification | Construction News

The National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO) has named Terex Utilities' Dale Putman and Jason Julius to the task force developing a drill-rig-operator certification.

Putman is a product manager. Julius works in technical support and training development.

The certification for foundation drill rig operators is being developed jointly by NCCCO and the International Association of Foundation Drilling (ADSC).

The task force is made up of staff from both organizations, along with subject-matter experts from equipment manufacturers, suppliers, contractors, engineers, and safety companies.

Over the next 12 to 16 months, task force members will develop content based on field experience and best practices. 

Putman's 43 years of experience working for manufacturers of drilling equipment and auger tools has built a thorough understanding of the applications and challenges of drilling operations.

Julius previously served on the Digger Derrick Operator Task Force, a certification NCCCO released in 2012. He was actively involved in developing and maintaining that program.

“Equipment manufacturers have always played a crucial role in the CCO exam process, and NCCCO has been delighted to have received the full support of Terex Utilities from the development of the Digger Derrick Operator certification program in 2010,” said NCCCO director of operations, Joel Oliva.  “We are equally gratified to see this support continue through their commitment to the Foundation Drill Rig Task Force effort.”

Terex Utilities will host a Digger Derrick Certification Training Event August 15-18, 2017, in Watertown, S.D. The course provides classroom and hands-on training in preparation for the NCCCO certification exam.

“The ADSC is proud of our partnership with NCCCO to be at the forefront of the drill rig operator certification development process,” said Mike Moore, CEO of ADSC. “The time and effort that our members dedicate to the development of this program is critical to ensuring it sets the industry standard for safety of drill rig operators and quality of the product itself. ADSC member expertise and participation in this task force is immeasurable and we are grateful to those who have stepped up to the plate in an effort to pioneer this process.” 

The Certified Foundation Drill Rig Operator program is expected to be released in 2018. It will include written and practical exams.