How Gary J. Ober built Equipment Training Resources
Gary J. Ober, the President of Equipment Training
Resources, was born in Erie, Pennsylvania in 1957, not with a silver spoon
in his mouth, but a loader-backhoe in the back yard. At the age of
8, Gary was given the chance to try operating and he never looked back.
Until the age of 16, he worked with his father during the summer
gaining experience operating a loader-backhoe, bulldozer, and driving
a dump truck. At 16, Gary was handed the keys to the truck and backhoe
and the address of the job for that day.
Gary's greatest influence came from his father,
Harold J. Ober, who had a reputation for working hard and working
smart. When Harold Ober looked at a job, he looked at it from the beginning--
to the end, and then back to the beginning. By visualizing the job
from the "end to the beginning" he would plan and execute his
work to make the following steps easier-- or eliminate them all together.
- No double work
- No wasted motion
- No, "Never time to do it right, but always time to do it over."
Thinking and planning was the hallmark of his work
habits. These principles were impressed on Gary and were enforced on the
jobsite at all times.
At 23, Gary began writing the book that would become
the most in depth book ever written on operating heavy equipment and
eventually the STANDARD of the INDUSTRY.
Three years later in 1983, Gary completed and published
the book Operating Techniques for the Tractor-Loader-Backhoe.
The book soon became standard issue for Loader-Backhoe training classes
throughout The Unite States and Canada.
In 1996, the book was formally adopted for training
by THE INTERNATIONAL UNION OF OPERATING ENGINEERS.
In 1990, LOADER-BACKHOE SAFETY
VIDEOS were released. The two-part set of videos covers OPERATOR
SAFETY and WORKER SAFETY.
In 1992, LOADER SAFETY AND
TRAINING VIDEOS was completed. A four-part set of videos on rubber
tire and track loaders that covers maintenance, safety and operating techniques.
All of these products have been enthusiastically
received by those seeking quality safety and training materials.
Today, at the age of 52, Gary still operates loaders,
dozers, excavators, and loader-backhoes on a regular basis. These sessions
are used to stimulate new ideas that help him to further define the craftsmanship
of operating heavy equipment.