Kris
Hay Receives CEM Designation

Kris Hay, Director of Fleet, Certified Equipment Manager for Brubacher Excavating

Brubacher is pleased to announce that its Director of Fleet, Kris Hay, received Certified Equipment Manager (CEM) designation from the Association of Equipment Manager Professionals (AEMP) in January 2015. The CEM designation is a recognized standard for judging the qualifications of an off-road heavy equipment manager or municipal/government fleet manager. The AEMP indicates that for managers “to achieve this goal, it takes personal motivation and experience.”

 The final four-hour test was intense and test security was tight—equal to that of the SAT tests administered for college acceptance. It included 100 multiple choice questions and seven essay questions. Kris Hay noted, “Any test that takes four hours is a long test to take; the questions were challenging."

Kris was tested on five areas of expertise: finance, information, policies, controls and customer service. The finance area incorporated acquisition of company assets to meet needs while minimizing cost. A large part of the information area concerned the processing of fleet management information to aid with outlining equipment life cycle analysis and costs. The policies area discussed specialized safety requirements, environmental regulations and human resources material. The controls area discussed preventative maintenance and how the cost of repairs will be decreased and reliability increased with proactive maintenance.  Customer service, interestingly, discussed how company employees should work together to make sure each piece of equipment is dependable, available and in good working order.

Kris noted, “I am the third Director of Fleet to complete the educational process of becoming a CEM. This means that Brubacher has been implementing the ideas and processes recommended by AEMP for over fifteen years.” He explained that Brubacher has historically done a great job at managing the life expectancies and planning replacement schedules for the equipment. This fact made the test easier, since most of the things it covered were already being implemented by Brubacher. One of the things Kris will work for in the future will be Brubacher’s adoption of telematics. “We should be able to improve reporting of equipment hours to allow for more timely services, be able to utilize owned equipment more efficiently and reduce rental costs,” Kris explained. “And we should be able to reduce idle time to conserve fuel and use the equipment to do work.”