Two Belgians qualify for European round of the world best machine operator competition

Brussels, 15th May 2022 - The Belgian Caterpillar Operator Challenge took place this weekend in Overijse. Two candidates stood out and won the Belgian final. The next stop is Malaga, where all European winners will compete to advance to the finals in Las Vegas.

On Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 May, machine operators participated in the Belgian Caterpillar Global Operator Challenge. Organised by Cat® dealer Bergerat Monnoyeur in Overijse, the competition saw Belgian machine operators take on a variety of challenges to test their skills in digging, loading, transporting and manoeuvring the machines around various obstacles. The two winners of the Belgian competition Milan Monnier from Roeselare (Maeyaert Aannemingen BV) and Dylan De Lobelle from Ghent will take part in the European competition in October 2022. 

Honouring machine operators 

Caterpillar Inc. invited machine operators worldwide to participate in the 2022/2023 Global Operator Challenge. The challenge, known in the industry as the "toughest competition in the world", tests the skills and precision of machine operators. They are tested on their handling of Cat machines and must prove that they can control any heavy implement safely and efficiently. Competitors from nearly 40 countries compete in the 2022/2023 Global Operator Challenge. 

During each round of the Global Operator Challenge, participants perform a series of challenges, such as digging a trench, loading a specific amount of soil and manoeuvring the equipment through a series of obstacles. They are judged on their skills, efficiency and their ability to use the integrated technology to improve the performance of the machine. ​ ​ 

Through this competition, Caterpillar wants to honour these professionals. With more than 107,700 employees worldwide, Caterpillar continues to grow and is looking for qualified and passionate technicians to join its dealer teams. All career opportunities in our 150 locations can be found on the career page. Also at the Cat dealer in Belgium and Luxembourg, we have several vacancies, view them here

Goal: Las Vegas 

The winners of the European competition will travel to Las Vegas in 2023, where the world final will take place at the CONEXPO-CON/AGG construction fair. Nine finalists will emerge from the regional semi-finals to compete in the global final in the US in March 2023. The winner of the competition will win an all-expenses-paid trip for two to a Caterpillar factory. ​ ​ ​ 

2022 Belgian Winner, Milan Monnier (Maeyaert Aannemingen BVBA), said, "I am a final year student and have been training to be a Cat machine operator since I was 12 years old. I can confirm how challenging this competition is. It is a must-attend event of the construction industry, and I am proud that my skills could be honoured and recognised with this win! " 

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About Caterpillar ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​

With 2021 sales and revenues of $51.0 billion, Caterpillar Inc. is the world’s leading manufacturer of construction and mining equipment, off-highway diesel and natural gas engines, industrial gas turbines and diesel-electric locomotives. For nearly 100 years, we’ve been helping customers build a better, more sustainable world and are committed and contributing to a reduced-carbon future. Our innovative products and services, backed by our global dealer network, provide exceptional value that helps customers succeed. Caterpillar does business on every continent, principally operating through three primary segments – Construction Industries, Resource Industries and Energy & Transportation – and providing financing and related services through our Financial Products segment. ​ Visit us at or join the conversation on our social media channels at


About Bergerat Monnoyeur 

As Cat dealer, Bergerat Monnoyeur has an unequalled network for the sale and rental of equipment and services in Belgium and Luxembourg.

Both for the rental and the sale of new and used equipment, Bergerat Monnoyeur offers a wide range of machines and services to companies active in the sectors of earthmoving, agriculture and horticulture, industry, construction and road maintenance, mines, sand pits and quarries.

Eneria (division of Bergerat Monnoyeur) delivers, installs and maintains generator sets, power plants and engines for industrial and marine applications.

WORK TOOLS & SERVICE (a division of Bergerat Monnoyeur) specialises in equipment, quick couplings and wear parts for excavators and wheel loaders.


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