Do you have what it takes?

JCB is putting the very best to the ultimate test. We're looking to find the best tracked excavator operator in the UK.

Taking place over a series of seven regional heats across the country, we'll be testing your machine operating skills, precision and dexterity in two timed trials, with the top three regional finalists going on to compete in the final face-off at the JCB Quarry in June.

As well as being crowned JCB's Excavator Operator of the Year 2024, the winner will also get an all-expenses paid trip for two to Las Vegas.

* Competition terms and conditions apply

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150X LCD Hydraulic Tracked Excavator X Series

Here’s a sneak peak of what you can expect as we put the JCB Demonstration Team through their paces…


The top three operators from each regional heat will be invited to the Operator Challenge final in June, where they will be treated to a VIP visit to the JCB World Headquarters, including factory tour, hospitality lunch, an evening meal and one night B&B stay at the exclusive JCB Golf and Country Club. Each regional finalist will also receive a JCB goody bag. 

Plus… every competitor who takes part will receive a JCB cap.
An all-expenses paid, three-night stay for two in Las Vegas, including flights, hotel and spending money.
Tickets for two for the Sunday of the British Grand Prix at Silverstone in the BRDC (British Racing Drivers Club).
A two-night London city break for two with spending money.
The top three competitors from the final will be treated as a VIP guest of JCB at the opening day of Hillhead on Tuesday 25th June with a helicopter flight to and from the show, a guided tour of the JCB stand, where we will be showcasing our latest product developments in our range of excavators, and lunch.

Prizes are none transferable and there are no cash alternatives.

Operator Challenge Dates


Dealer Venue Date / Time
 T C Harrison JCB Wentworth House, Rotherham, S62 7TQ

Friday 5th April, 12pm - 5pm
Saturday 6th April, 10am - 4.30pm
 Holt JCB Coram Construction Training Ltd, Langport, Somerset, TA10 9NW


Friday 12th April, 12pm - 5pm
Saturday 13th April, 10am - 4.30pm
Greenshields JCB Rochford Plant Training Centre, Southend, SS4 1EE              Friday 19th April, 9am - 5pm
Saturday 20th April, 9am - 2pm
Scot JCB ScotPlant, Stand E11, Royal Highland Centre, Edinburgh, EH28 8NB
Friday 26th April, 9am - 5pm
Saturday 27th April, 9am - 5pm
 Midlands JCB, ECI JCB and Dennison JCB JCB Kevin Quarry, Ramshorn, ST10 3BX
Friday 10th May, 12pm - 5pm
Saturday 11th May, 10am - 4.30pm
Watling JCB Pitsford Quarry, Northampton, NN6 9NL
Friday 24th May, 9am - 5pm
Saturday 25th May, 9am - 4.30pm
Gunn JCB  Ashbrooks, Warrington, WA4 4LJ              

 Friday 31st May, 12pm - 5pm
Saturday 1st June, 10am - 4.30pm

Grand Final JCB Kevin Quarry, Ramshorn, ST10 3BX Monday 24th June


The challenge is open to any excavator operator aged 16+ with a valid CPCS or NPORS 360 excavator operators’ card. Cards will be checked and verified at the event so please make sure you bring it with you. Anyone under the age of 18 taking part must be supervised by an adult. 

Current JCB staff, dealer staff and their families are excluded from the competition. 


Yes, you are able to turn up to attend and compete at any of the regional heats at any time on the event days, except for the final event.

Spectators at the event are welcome, including the friends and family of the operators taking part. Under 18s must be accompanied and supervised by an adult.

You don't need to register beforehand if you are spectating only. 
Within the regional heats, you will be operating one of our X Series excavators, ranging from 13 to 24 tonnes, but likely to be the 140X and 245XR. For more information about JCB's X Series tracked excavators, visit

In the race to win, you'll take part in two simple timed trials where you will test your precision and dexterity. Operators will have a maximum of three attempts to get the best overall time from the two trials. There will be no practice time available for competitors and the best combined challenge time from any one attempt will be taken.

Take a look at our video above for a sneak preview...

There are seven regional heats being hosted by our UK Construction dealers across the UK - see above for dates and locations to find your nearest event. As part of these events, dealers are also organising a range of other activities – contact the relevant dealer to find out more about what is taking place. Catering and toilet facilities will be available on site at the events. 

The top three winners from each of the seven regional events will go through to the final, which will be held at JCB Kevin Quarry in Staffordshire on Monday 24th June. This is a fixed date and cannot be changed.

Competitors will need to bring with them their valid CPCS or NPORS 360 excavator operators’ card, as well as the correct PPE, including steel-toe capped boots and a hi-viz vest. 

It's free to enter - all you need to do is complete the registration form and select the event that you would like to attend. By entering you are confirming you have all of the relevant and up to date operator qualifications and agree to the terms and conditions of the competition.