John Deere will soon celebrate its most high-performing technicians from across Australia and New Zealand, who were finalists in this year’s John Deere Annual Technician Awards. The third annual awards drew more than 100 entries that were presented to exceptional parts and service techs in the agriculture, turf, construction and forestry industries. John Deere Australia and New Zealand managing director Luke Chandler said the awards highlighted the incredible contribution the company’s technicians make to help customers leverage maximum benefit from their machinery and technology, and contribute to thriving communities. “The industries we serve are constantly evolving and progressing as they strive to sustainably feed, clothe, and provide vital infrastructure to, our growing world,” he said. “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.” He said the technician’s roles required a combination of mechanical knowledge, digital technology and problem-solving skills and they were unique in that they were required to identify and repair issues using remote diagnostics. “We’re so proud to again be able to place focus on the enormous value technicians bring not just to our company but the industries and communities they serve,” Mr Chandler said. John Deere’s 2022 Australian agriculture service technician of the year, 23-year-old Jaymee Ireland, has been 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,” she said. “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.” Ms Ireland found the two days of judging at the John Deere Australia and New Zealand headquarters in Brisbane last year a little nerve-racking, but she rose to the challenge. “In the final we had to do three different tests, one about customer service, and another on tool utilisation and then a diagnostic test to fix a fault in a tractor, and it was definitely challenging having that extra pressure and three judges following us around,” she said. Mr Chandler said while the competition would be fierce among the awards finalists, all John Deere nominees have one thing in common — “a love of their job”. “These people form an integral part of businesses and communities across Australia and New Zealand,” he said. “Most say to us the most rewarding part of their role is seeing farmers, construction and forestry operators increase their profits, productivity and sustainability through the use of John Deere technical support.” Categories at the 2023 John Deere Technician Awards will include ag service technician of the year, construction and 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, August 24.