New Vortex Simulator installed at Crane Institute Headquarters
Sept. 22, 2014 (Sanford, Fla.)— AIDT, the workforce development division of the Alabama Department of Commerce, is the recipient of a mobile crane simulator donated by Crane Institute of America. Crane Institute has used the simulator for crane operator training activities for nearly 15 years.
The simulator from Crane Institute of America will be used at AIDT’s newest training center, the Alabama Workforce Training Center located in Birmingham. This training center is the fruition of the collaborative efforts of the Birmingham Business Association, the Alabama Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors, the State Department of Education, and Alabama Community College System.
“AIDT offers first-class training. They are very conscientious and put on a good program for skills development,” said Jim Headley, President and CEO of Crane Institute of America. “The simulator will find a good home with AIDT.”
As Alabama’s workforce development agency, AIDT’s mission is to provide workforce training services for new and expanding industries. They operate several industry focused training centers around the state to include Maritime, Robotics and Aviation sectors. The Birmingham center will focus on construction and manufacturing.
The simulator features a full size Manitowoc 2250 crane cab and is equipped with a fully functioning load moment indicator system. According to Headley, one of the unique features of the simulator is the ability to switch between hand controls or foot brakes for stopping the load. Foot brakes are often used in applications like pile driving or dragline work.
“We’ve used simulators previously to teach other skills, such as robotics or welding,” said Rick Maroney, AIDT Manager of Robotics Technology and Safety. “This simulator will be used for introducing mobile crane operator skills and reinforcing mobile crane safety,” he said. Maroney is one of two instructors...
If you ever call our office and need to register for a program or learn more about certification testing, you have probably spoken to Barbara. Last week the students of the Mobile Crane Operator Training Program got to see another side of her, a student!
Barbara’s attendance of the program is an effort to better serve our customers. Our headquarters near Orlando, Florida serves as both a training facility and written/practical exam site for CIC nationally accredited certifications. We strive to make the Crane Institute experience as pleasant as possible to keep our students at ease when testing. Now, when you speak with Barbara, she knows first-hand how it feels to be in the shoes of the student.
Not only has the training reinforced her knowledge of mobile cranes, but to the stress and anxiety some may feel when testing. It is with these types of experiences Barbara and other office personnel have that make Crane Institute customer service unparalleled.
Last week Crane Institute of America conducted a 4-day Mobile Crane Operator training program which included hands-on instruction. The class was a full one with 19 students. That is why we encourage students to register as soon as possible to reserve their spot. It is truly a wonderful sight to see so many companies making safety a priority and we are honored to be a part of it.
Our Mobile Crane Operator training programs are an excellent preparation for those planning to take the CIC Nationally Accredited Mobile Crane Operator Written and Practical Certification Exams. We are pleased to say that most of the students in attendance last week made the plan to stay the extra day and take the certification exams. We would like to wish those students good luck on their practical and written exams!
Mobile Crane Operator Training program from the perspective of a Crane Institute employee, Eduardo Carcache.
I’ve been working at Crane Institute for over a year and felt well equipped to provide customers with the information and service they deserved but at this point there was still very little I knew about cranes, actually, I knew practically nothing, I’m a marketing major not a crane operator! Upon the insistence of our director and president, Jim Headley, I attended the three-day Mobile Crane Operator course offered at Crane Institute to further my knowledge about our business and to emulate the experience of our students. I would be lying if I said I wasn’t a bit nervous before class but those nerves were put to rest rather quickly due to the extremely comfortable atmosphere in class. Although it was obvious I was the new guy who knew nothing about cranes, the other students helped out whenever they could. Our class got to know each other a bit and before long we were talking like old pals. It was a good introduction into the “World of cranes.” In just the first day, I had learned more about cranes then I had ever known and I attribute that to our terrific instructors. Seeing one of our instructors in action and how effective they were in communicating the information was impressive. In addition, the instructor /student interaction was a welcome change from the usual co-worker interactions of the past. By the third and final day of class, I was thinking, “Hey, I can probably do this!” and after some review, we prepared to take our exams. In just three days I went from having very little crane knowledge to being a qualified mobile crane operator trainee. I consider this a testament to the training provided by...
Excellent prep for the Nationally Accredited CIC Mobile Crane Operator Exams and Certification. Operator Qualification also available at no additional charge!
3 Days – $895
Operator Qualification – Experience requirements apply.
Training Dates and Locations
July 11-13, 2011 – Orlando, FL
July 11-13, 2011 – Baltimore, MD
July 11-13, 2011 – Savannah, GA
July 25-27, 2011 – Kansas City, KS
July 25-27, 2011 – Charlotte, NC
August 1-3, 2011 – Orlando, FL
August 8-10, 2011 – Milwaukee, WI
August 22-24, 2011 – Charleston, WV
Customized, On-Site Training is available to you at your company’s facility.
Need to get certified for Overhead Cranes? This 4-day program is only $995.00 and is for operators, inspectors and other personnel who require a thorough knowledge of overhead and gantry cranes, monorail systems and hoists. This program enables companies to perform their own in-house crane inspections, which include the OSHA required monthly and periodic inspections.
Overhead Crane Safety & Inspector also available in:
Chicago, IL – August 9-12, 2011
Louisville, KY – August 23-26, 2011
Orlando, FL – August 23-26, 2011 and November 15-18, 2011
Pittsburgh, PA – September 13-16, 2011
Columbus, OH – October 18-21, 2011
Newark, NJ – November 1-4, 2011
Dallas, TX – November 8-11, 2011
Minneapolis, MN – December 13-16, 2011