Golf Course Management

JAN 2019

Golf Course Management magazine is dedicated to advancing the golf course superintendent profession and helping GCSAA members achieve career success.

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84 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 01.19 Wednesday and Friday, right? Well, then it is a good idea not only to inspect the reels and traction units after they've been used, but also to give that equipment a walk-around before active mornings. Know your fleet and the upcoming schedule so you can be the factor that ensures confidence in the equip- ment operation. In 2015, GCSAA took on what the Inter - national Golf Course Equipment Managers Association (IGCEMA) had put a lot of effort into starting and created a membership clas - sification specifically for equipment managers. e association also assumed management of a series of exams created by IGCEMA that allowed equipment managers to prove them - selves and validate their skills. After assuming administration of the IGCEMA exams, GCSAA began the pro - cess of reviewing, revising and, ultimately, ex- panding this program. What is now known as the Turf Equipment Technician Certifica - tion Program (TETCP) Level One consists because my experience was now at an acceler - ated pace thanks to the interactions I had with eight other courses and their equipment man - agers every day. Membership has its privileges I completed the eight TETCP Level One exams in the spring of 2017. Soon after I fin - ished, I thought about how the majority of people in this position had not taken a written test since high school and how that might fac - tor into an equipment manager's decision to tackle these exams. at part of the process never bothered me, but I do sympathize with those who feel that way, because I have dealt with a speech impediment for most of my life. Public speaking is not my favorite thing to do, but, frankly, there are worse things in life. I applied to be a TETCP proctor with GCSAA in hopes of creating a comfortable atmosphere for applicants to take their exams with the support of a colleague who has been through the process himself. After registering as an independent proctor, I began working with the team at GCSAA more and more, reviewing existing study materials and revising guides so read - ers can properly prepare for the new exams. is motivated me to apply and be accepted for a term on the Equipment Managers Task Group. Going to GCSAA headquarters this past spring and working with this group was a fulfilling experience. Without a doubt, any problem could have been placed in that room, and we would've solved it together. I'd like every reader to understand GCSAA has the best interests of every member in mind, some - thing that was clearly illustrated to me during my visit. e main task put in front of that group was to focus on the TETCP Level Two exam and the potential development of an equip - ment manager certification. We had to dis- cern what testing objectives and abilities separated a technician from an actual man - ager. at included the "why" and not just the "how" behind equipment failure, imple - menting BMPs and safety standards in the workplace, and using diagnostic skills to prevent a problem from recurring. Rafael Barajas, CGCS, the chairman of this task group, and Kevin Sunderman, the vice chair - man, along with GCSAA staff, were a huge help. ey provided the group with impartial views and, at times, encouragement to get us through the process. Working with a psychometrician — some - With assistant Walter Miles (right), Lewis maintains the shop at Chevy Chase (Md.) Club. of eight exams that cover core competencies key for all successful equipment managers. When completed, the program helps set a benchmark that shows that you are qualified to make the right diagnostic decisions and be efficient at your job. A hidden benefit of these exams is seeing what areas you can build on. e opportunity for continued improvement through reading the study guides and working through the exams is a great way to build your career. I began taking these exams via a local Toro vendor who is a registered proctor. Midway through the process of working on these exams, I stepped into the role of equip - ment program director for MCRA. Under the direction of Jon Lobenstine, the MCRA's di - rector of agronomy, I was responsible for as- sisting eight other equipment managers with troubleshooting, streamlining productivity via aggressive preventive maintenance plans, and overseeing vendor relations pertaining to equipment and our shops. At 26, I found this a welcome challenge,

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