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The 1st-place champ of the 2023 Global Operator Challenge brought his 25 years of experience to Caterpillar's Operator Stadium. With a career focused in bulk earthworks and civil construction, Patrick Doheny's skills first took root thanks to his family's plant-hire business. He's since worked around the world, now serving as a director for CRE Group in Melbourne, Australia.
Champion Time: 26 minutes 49 seconds
What does it take to be a champion of the Global Operator Challenge? Patrick Doheny's attention to detail and love for high-stakes work certainly helps.
"I am beyond thrilled to have earned the title of the best Caterpillar machine operator on the planet. Kudos to Caterpillar for hosting such an incredible event to highlight the importance of our profession. It is truly a dream come true to see your life’s passion be rewarded in such an amazing way."
- Patrick Doheny, 2023 Global Operator Challenge Champion
The 2023 Global Operator Challenge pitted the world's best operators against each other in a good-natured contest for the worldwide title. In addition to the top prize, three finalists went home with rewards for their performance in three individual challenges. In the race to win, they moved earth, lifted objects and maneuvered heavy equipment –– operating a Cat wheel loader, a Cat backhoe loader and a Cat excavator.
Finalists hauled two loads before testing their precision and placement skills.
Winner: Patrick Doheny from Australia
Time: 8 minutes 45 seconds
Finalists crossed a trench, opened a CVA-themed box and loaded it with filters.
Winner: John Schiedeck from the United States
Time: 5 minutes 46 seconds
Finalists dug a profile trench and placed balls into a barrel without breaking them.
Winner: Lukasz Mokrzynski from Poland
Time: 7 minutes 53 seconds
Competitors show off their skills
at a local dealer event.
Those who win move on to
the regional finals.
The top nine finalists from around the
world compete for the title.
These nine finalists competed against more the 5,000 other machine operators to earn their spot in the final round. Get to know each of these outstanding competitors a little better in these quick profiles.