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Boom Truck Operator

Introduction

Boom Truck “A” Operator apprentices or tradespeople operate many types of Boom Truck cranes over 15.5 tons. Boom Truck Operator “A” proficiency certificate holders are certified to operate Boom Truck “B”. Boom Truck Operator “A” is considered a subtrade of the Mobile Crane Operator trade.

Training Requirements: To graduate from each level of the apprenticeship program, an apprentice must successfully complete the required technical training and compile enough on-the-job experience to total at least 1500 hours each year. Total trade time required is 3000 hours and at least 2 years in the trade.

There are two levels of technical training delivered by the Western Trade Training Institute in various locations around the province:

  • Level One: 8 weeks
  • Level Two: 1 week in-class or delivered online

Level One

Safety/Tools and Equipment

  1. Safety
  2. Communications for Hoisting
  3. High Voltage Electrical Fundamentals
  4. Trade Related Documents
  5. Tools and Equipment
  6. Fasteners and Retaining Devices

Rigging

  1. Wire Rope
  2. Rigging Hardware
  3. Rigging and Hoisting • Sling Configurations

Load Weight Calculations

  1. Load Weight Calculations Load Charts

Load Charts

  1. Load Charts

Boom Truck Operations

  1. Lifting Theory and Forces
  2. Introduction to Crane Operations
  3. Introduction to Computerized Operational Aids • Job Planning
  4. Introduction to Boom Trucks

On-line assignments Practical Project

 

Level Two

Pre-operational Checks, Inspections and Maintenance

  1. Engines and Drive Systems • Mechanical Systems
  2. Hydraulic Systems
  3. Continual Checks

Boom Truck Set-up

  1. Crane setup
  2. Assembly and Disassembly
  3. Transportation
  4. Pre-lift Planning
  5. Worksite Preparation

Safety/Tools and Equipment

  1. Safety
  2. Communications for Hoisting
  3. High Voltage Electrical Fundamentals
  4. Trade Related Documents
  5. Tools and Equipment
  6. Fasteners and Retaining Devices

Rigging

  1. Wire Rope
  2. Rigging Hardware
  3. Rigging and Hoisting
  4. Sling Configurations
  5. Multi-crane lifts

Load Weight Calculations

  1. Load Weight Calculations

Load Charts

  1. Load Charts

Boom Truck Operations

  1. Lifting Theory and Forces
  2. Introduction to Crane Operations
  3. Introduction to Computerized Operational Aids • Job Planning
  4. Introduction to Boom Trucks
  5. Boom truck operation
  6. Specialty Crane Operations