Heavy Equipment Training

Mobile Crane Operations Level 1

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Orientation to the Trade

Provides an overview of the entire course and highlights the duties and responsibilities of a mobile crane operator.  ANSI B30.5 and OSHA 550 are discussed as well as career opportunities and operator requirements.

Basic Principles of Cranes

Offers trainees an introduction to mobile crane equipment with an in-depth discussion of terminology and nomenclature.  The basic scientific principles associated with mobile crane operation are also explained.

Rigging Practices

Offers a basic understanding of the fundamentals of rigging.  The module discusses a variety of rigging gear, components, and configurations and their applications within the mobile crane industry.

Crane Safety

Introduces various safety aspects of mobile crane operation including equipment inspection, site hazard identification, and required personal protection equipment.  This module also discusses how to work with site plans and specifications.

Operating a Crane

Describes the basic functions of a crane, as well as standard procedures for starting up and shutting down a crane.  This module provides the trainee with the opportunity to become familiar with the actual operation of a crane and the functions of its controls.


Covers the fundamentals of the communication process, addressing abstractions, fear, lack of experience, and environmental factors.  Both verbal and nonverbal methods of communications are covered.  This module also takes an in-depth look at the ASME B30.5 hand signals, including the appropriate operator action when the signal is given and the expected machine movement.

Machine Power Flow

Discusses the various power systems that enable different cranes to perform their work.  Diesel and gasoline/propane engines and electrical/motor-generator, as well as mechanical, electrical, pneumatic, and hydraulic power systems are discussed.

Preventive Maintenance

Covers preventive maintenance and compliance inspections on a crane.  The trainee will gain an understanding of the safety considerations, procedures, and equipment/materials required for these inspections.

Wire Rope

This module covers the components of wire rope and inspection requirements and procedures for wire rope, load blocks, and sheaves.  Proper installation of wire rope, maintenance guidelines, and end terminations and preparations are also explained.

Computer Aids/Operator Aids

Provides information on load moment indicators, anti-two-block devices, load indicators, and other operator aids that are installed in cranes.  An in-depth look at the input devices associated with these operator aids and the information they provide is also included.

Load Dynamics

Covers leverage and stability, operational quadrants, submerged lifts, non-centered lifts, and other factors that affect stability.

On-Site Equipment Movement

Covers site hazards and restrictions that could hinder on-site crane movement; safety considerations involved in crane movement over unleveled ground; pick-and-carry operations; and power line contact.  Flotation capacity is also addressed.

Load Charts

Discusses the importance of load charts and charts that apply to different configurations..  Includes on-rubber, on-outrigger, jib, and deduction charts, as well as range diagrams and operational notes.  In addition, parts of line and capacity calculations are covered.

Telescopic Boom Assembly and Disassembly

Covers the stowing and erection of the swing-away extension, A-frame jib, and auxiliary single-sheave boom head, as well as the assembly and removal of intermediate boom sections.

Advanced Operational Techniques

Covers multi-crane lifts, critical lifts, blind lifts, and demolition.  It also includes sections on how to use magnet and vacuum lifting devices, and how to operate a mobile crane in cold weather.

Emergency Procedures

Includes information on accident prevention and investigation, the hazards of power line contact, and various failures that may occur during lifting operations.

Lift Planning

Gives an in-depth discussion of lift plan implementation.  The topics covered include reference information, calculations, single- and multiple-crane lifting, critical lifts, and engineering considerations.

Hoisting Personnel

Discusses ASME B30.23 and 29 CFR 1029.550(g) requirements while presenting advanced operation techniques for hoisting personnel.

Lattice Boom Assembly and Disassembly

Provides a step-by-step look at short- and long-lattice boom assembly and disassembly.

Transporting Requirements

Discusses the proper handling, loading and unloading, and securing procedures for mobile cranes and their components.  Information on driver requirements and requirements for securing the mobile crane for transporting is also presented.

These classes may not reflect that of all member schools. Please refer to your school's catalogue for a full class schedule.

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