Underground Equipment Manufacturers Committee (UEMC)

Product Focus

Trenching, trenchless, underground tracking and locating and vacuum excavation equipment and related attachments, accessories and tools which are typically used to place, replace, repair, locate or expose underground utilities.


To promote and further the interests of the members of the Underground Equipment Manufacturers Committee on issues related to safety, standards and regulations, education, public policy and enhancement of the industry’s stature.


Established in 2005 as a consolidation of four existing AEM product groups: the Trencher Equipment Council, Trenchless Equipment Council, Underground Electronics Committee, and Vacuum Excavation Equipment Manufacturers Council. The new group was established to provide a single venue for comprehensive discussion of common issues, and to reduce the time and resources members invest in participating in multiple meetings. The previously existing groups became standing committees of the Council.

Group Resources



Group Leadership


Jim Hurst

Vermeer Corp

Vice Chair

Brett Cohen

Alamo Corp

AEM Staff Contact

Ed Lopez

AEM Technical Manager, Safety & Product Leadership