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John Deere Technician Awards set for August 2023

John Deere is set to celebrate its most high-performing technicians from across Australia and NZ at the third annual John Deere Technician Awards

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John Deere director of aftermarket and customer support, Emma Ford, with 2022 Australian Agriculture Service Technician of the Year, Jaymee Ireland 

John Deere is set to celebrate its most high-performing technicians from across Australia and New Zealand, as the third annual John Deere Technician Awards roll around at the end of August.  The Awards have attracted more than 100 entries this year and are presented to exceptional parts and service techs in the agriculture, turf, construction, and forestry industries.

“The industries we serve are constantly evolving and progressing as they strive to sustainably feed, clothe, and provide vital infrastructure to our growing world,” John Deere Australia and New Zealand managing director, Luke Chandler. 

“John Deere technicians are at the forefront of delivering and supporting our customers in adoption and use of our equipment and latest innovation, and these Awards are the ideal forum in which to recognise and celebrate their work.

“Their roles require a combination of knowledge of mechanics, digital technology, and problem-solving skills and are unique in that they often identify and repair issues using remote diagnostics.” John Deere’s 2022 Australian Agriculture Service Technician of the Year, 23-year-old Jaymee Ireland, is carving out a stellar career amongst the broadacre cropping and viticulture industries of Roseworthy, in South Australia. 

“I love my job because every day we’re working on something new in the wine or grain or horticulture industries, either in the field, on farm or in the workshop,” Jaymee says. 

“I’m learning heaps, especially about John Deere diagnostic support and precision agriculture which is always advancing. 

“Fixing a tractor or header that’s broken down during harvest can have a million-dollar impact, and knowing that I’ve ensured a farmer’s machinery is operating at peak performance during this critical time is really rewarding.” 

Luke says while the competition will be fierce among the awards finalists, all John Deere nominees have one thing in common — a love of their job. 

Categories at the 2023 John Deere Technician Awards will include Ag Service Technician of the Year, Construction & Forestry Service Technician of the Year, Parts Technician of the Year, Service Apprentice of the Year, and Parts Apprentice of the Year. Regional finalists will be revealed in early August and winners will be announced at the John Deere Technician Awards gala event in Brisbane on Thursday, 24 August 2023. 

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