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Mammoet, USA Crane Division Hires First Ever Female from NAHETS Oklahoma Campus

Posted by nahets on February 19, 2008

Scotty Gecks, Director of Training Services for Oklahoma College of Construction (OCC), relates a graduate success story.

Attitude–A little word that makes a big difference. Monique Lammers came to our school not knowing if her finances would clear. It was nip and tuck at first. During this time of uncertainty she kept her eye on the prize. She enrolled in our Mobile Crane Program determined that whatever the outcome she wanted all the knowledge she could get. Her determination, positive attitude, and quiet confidence caught everyone’s attention. She had a full head of steam when the good news came about her finances and had already set the bar for her classmates. She had some construction experience, but she came here wanting something more . . . a lot more. When she saw the brochure and video from Mammoet Heavy Lift and Transport, she knew. That was it. That was the something more she wanted . . .

Monique Lammers

The more she progressed through the program, the more determined she became to work for Mammoet. It was during the last week of her training that Doug Allen from Mammoet called. He was in Hawaii and was inquiring about another graduate who had applied and I mentioned I had a “good one” coming up that was wanting to work for Mammoet. I knew Mammoet doesn’t hire until grads have their CCO, but he became interested in Monique. Before the conversation ended, he asked if I would have her call him. They had a phone interview and the next day he called and made her an offer. She accepted. Monique graduated Outstanding Mobile Crane student and has passed and received her CCO Certification. She is the first female hired in the Crane Division of Mammoet, USA!

See Blog Post “Mammoet North America Interested in OCC Campus Graduates” for background on Mammoet and OCC.

The Oklahoma College of Construction is a member school of the National Association of Heavy Equipment Training Schools (NAHETS).

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JCB Unveils 60 MPH “World’s Fastest Backhoe Loader” to Assist U.S. Army

Posted by nahets on February 12, 2008

Help is on the way for the troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, but not in its usual form. This time “help” is the “JCB High Mobility Engineer Excavator (HMEE),” a.k.a. the “world’s fastest backhoe loader.” I like to think of it as the “Batmobile of Heavy Equipment.” Its speed, mobility, and design will improve the capabilities of field commanders in front patrols. See batmobile of heavy equipment for the original article. See website directly below for video and other multi-media HMEE resources.

JCB HMEE Military BackhoeJCB HMEE Site

A few highlights of the article:


  • The HMEE travels up to 60 mph on paved roads and cross country surfaces
  • Full suspension and ABS brakes
  • Computer diagnostics
  • Run-flat tires and roll-over protection
  • 17.55 tons with armor and 15.75 tons without armor
  • 6.7-liter diesel
  • Lifts 2.2 tons, digs 13 ft deep


  • Provide battlefield commanders more capabilities in front patrols
  • Increase Mobility and counter-mobility
  • Provide water and supplies, build burms, lay electrical lines, etc.

JCB Construction Equipment is the creator of the HMEE. It was 4 years in the making and built specifically for the U.S. Military. JCB is the world’s largest privately owned construction business.

Here is a brief video about some other JCB military equipment.


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Landscape Construction Magazine Article on NAHETS Now Online!

Posted by nahets on February 4, 2008

In regards to the previous blog about the Landscape Construction Magazine Article, you can now view the article online. Please visit and read the article.

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Landscape Construction Magazine Publishes Article on NAHETS

Posted by nahets on February 1, 2008

Over the last 6 months, we have enjoyed various publicity opportunities here at NAHETS. Some of these include visits with Trimble, Inc. and Volvo, meetings with companies in Saudi Arabia and Estonia, a trip to Hawaii, NCCCO workshops, and more. Recently, we had another success that ended up being the perfect end to a great year for NAHETS . . .

It all started on Halloween–Chris Cannon, Director of Training and Curriculum Development for the National Association of Heavy Equipment Training Schools (NAHETS), received a message from Patrick White, a freelance writer for Landscape Construction Magazine, asking Chris to call him. Chris was a little surprised, as he never had any previous contact with Patrick. Chris called him back, and the rest is history . . .

Patrick found the NAHETS website through Internet searching, and decided to contact Chris for some potential writing material on heavy equipment operating. The two had a phone interview for 20 minutes or so; Chris never heard back from him until December, when he (and the rest of us at NAHETS) found out that Patrick had published an article from their previous conversation in the December 2007 issue of Landscape Magazine! The article is entitled, “Back to School: Heavy equipment training.”

Article CoverArticle Page 2

The article is basically an overall summary of what NAHETS does. Patrick asked Chris about NAHETS training and curriculum; i.e., he asked what NAHETS teaches at its campuses, what kinds of heavy equipment are used, about safety and standards issues, about the experience of being educated at NAHETS campuses, etc. Chris was a previous heavy equipment operator and foreman and was able to draw upon past experiences, in addition to his current employment with NAHETS.

Currently, the article is only in print in the December 2007 issue. There may be an online version up shortly; if that happens, we will let you know. You can visit the Landscape Construction Magazine website to learn more about the magazine. The magazine offers free subscriptions to individuals and companies related to the construction industry.

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