Deere teaches students about construction industry
To help educate students considering careers
in the construction industry, John Deere Construction & Forestry
sponsored a team from the Bartlett, Illinois High School Academy
of Science and Engineering in this year’s Association of Equipment
Manufacturers (AEM) Construction Challenge. The event, now in
its fifth year, was held recently in Las Vegas at ConExpo, the
construction industry’s largest trade event.
The AEM Construction Challenge is a career-education initiative
designed to help develop the construction workforce of the future
by providing real-world experiences that inspire students to
explore and pursue careers in the construction industry.
This is the third year John Deere Construction & Forestry
has sponsored a team through its C&F Tech Program. The program
is a partnership between Deere, its dealers and select community
colleges around the country where students can earn a degree
and work in a dealership to use the skills they’ve learned. It
includes a curriculum that focuses on the specific skill sets
and knowledge involved in being a Deere technician.
Before the showdown in Las Vegas, teams of five to seven students,
along with an adult team manager, competed at nine regional rallies
across the United States. The top 24 teams advanced to the championship
finals in Las Vegas.
A main component of this year’s challenge was the “Road Rumble.”
The goal of this challenge was to design, build and test a piece
of transportation equipment to move supplies, employing basic
resource management principles. For competitors, the challenge
also highlighted the importance of infrastructure.
While competing head to head with another team, the students
built a radio-controlled piece of transportation to move building
supplies from a supply site to a build site using highway and
access roads on the course. They then had to construct a new
headquarters building with the building supplies as quickly and
efficiently as possible while meeting specifications in the provided