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Mobile Crane Operator

Introduction

Mobile Crane Operators operate many types of hoisting equipment to move place and position items.

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 4500 hours and at least 3 years in the trade.

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

  • Level One: 8 weeks
  • Level Two: 8 weeks
  • Level Three: 2 weeks

Examination required for proficiency certificates: lattice boom crane operator; boom truck operator “A”; boom truck operator “B”.

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. Introduction to Rigging and Hoisting • Sling Configurations

Load Weight Calculations

  1. Load Weight Calculations I

Load Charts

  1. Load Charts I

Mobile Crane Operations

  1. Lifting Theory and Forces
  2. Introduction to Crane Operations
  3. Introduction to Computerized Operational Aids
  4. Job Planning
  5. Introduction to Mobile Cranes

On-line assignments

Practical Project

 

Level Two

Pre-operational Checks, Inspections and Maintenance

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

Rigging

  1. Advanced Rigging and Hoisting
  2. Reeving Operations
  3. Multi-crane Lifts

Load Weight Calculations

  1. Load Weight Calculations II

Load Charts

  1. Load Charts II

Mobile Crane Set-up

  1. Crane setup
  2. Assembly and Disassembly (Lattice Boom Crane)
  3. Assembly and Disassembly (Telescopic Boom Crane)
  4. Transportation
  5. Pre-lift Planning
  6. Worksite Preparation

Mobile Crane Operations

  1. Hydraulic Telescopic Boom Operation
  2. Hydraulic Drive Lattice Boom Operation • Friction Drive Lattice Boom Operation
  3. Specialty Crane Operations

On-line assignments

Practical Project

 

Level Three

Safety/Tools and Equipment

  1. Review of level 1 safety/tools and equipment Rigging

Rigging

  1. Review of level 1 and 2 rigging

Load Weight Calculations

  1. Review of level 1 and 2 load weight calculations

Load Charts

  1. Review of level 1 and 2 load charts

Pre-operational Checks, Inspections and Maintenance

  1. Review of level 2 pre-operational checks, inspections and maintenance

Mobile Crane Setup

  1. Review of level 2 mobile crane setup

Mobile Crane Operations

  1. Review of level 1 and 2 mobile crane operations

This training is based on the Red Seal Mobile Crane Operator Interprovincial Program Guide (IPG).