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Caterpillar’s Global Operator Challenge returns

February 17, 2022  By Rock to Road staff

Caterpillar Operator ChallengeJaus Neigum, from Medicine Hat, Alberta, won the 2020 Cat Operator Challenge. (Image: Caterpillar).

Caterpillar is calling upon operators from around the world to test their skills in the 2022-2023 Global Operator Challenge.

The challenge allows men and women to prove their excellence in safely and efficiently operating Cat machinery.

“More than 80 Cat dealers will host local, one-of-a-kind competitions, celebrating equipment operators and enabling them to showcase their exceptional skills in fun and dynamic ways,” said Tony Fassino, group president of Construction Industries at Caterpillar.

“Whether their expertise lies in digging a trench, moving aggregates or managing demolition, our Global Operator Challenge will be demanding for even the most experienced operators.”


Caterpillar held its first Global Operator Challenge in 2019-2020 with 67 Cat dealers in 30 countries hosting local competitions. The competition’s finals were held at ConExpo 2020.

The 2022-2023 competition will be Caterpillar’s largest construction industry event of its kind with open tournaments in nearly 40 countries.  The contest will also feature a wider range of construction equipment.

Operator challenge begins next month

The first round is March – September 2022, and dealers will feature three different challenges on three separate pieces of equipment. Scoring is based on the operator’s skills, efficiency, as well as his or her competence in using integrated technology to enhance the machine’s performance.

“I’ve been operating Cat machines for more than 15 years,” said Jaus Neigum, owner of Industrial Backhoe Ltd. in Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada and the 2019-2020 Global Operator Challenge champion. “Having the opportunity to demonstrate my skills and compete against peers from around the world was one of the most rewarding experiences in my career. And, if you’re a business owner like me, I encourage you to put forward your best operators, because this competition is going to be even bigger and better than the last one.”

Qualifiers from the local dealer events will then move to regional semi-final competitions in October 2022. Nine finalists will emerge from the regional semifinals and participate in the final competition in March 2023 at Caterpillar’s outdoor Festival Grounds exhibit during CONEXPO-CON/AGG in Las Vegas. The winner will receive an all-expense-paid trip for two to a Caterpillar facility worldwide.

For more information about the Global Operator Challenge, visit

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