Cranes have been used to build everything from the Statue of Liberty to the MGM Grand. Most large projects couldn’t be completed without mobile cranes. No matter what business you are in, every project needs qualified crane operators and signalpersons with training in the latest safety practices and standards.
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Energy and Utilities
Energy and utility companies rely on mobile cranes for critical operations and NCT to train their new operators and prep their experienced operators for recertification. These heavy machines are incredibly valuable to the industry. Installation, maintenance, and general heavy lifting require speed, strategy, and skill.
Energy and utility-related projects involve effective use of cranes for working on:
- Power Lines
- Wind Turbines
- Solar Power
- Gas Lines
- Water Lines
- Phone Lines
Smaller cranes with baskets are used to repair power lines and boom cranes are used to lift people and materials to heights of 180 feet or more. Although mobile digger derricks are used heavily in construction, a wide variety of different-sized derricks are used to complete telecom jobs.
From high-rise buildings and offices to casinos and custom homes – mobile cranes are the workhorse of residential and commercial projects. You can walk onto any large construction project and find a crane of some kind.
The construction industry uses more mobile cranes than any other industry by far. Millions of dollars are spent every year on crane operating courses to keep everyone on the site safe.
Cranes make it possible to handle difficult jobs like bridge construction or building freeway overpasses. They can fit in tight spaces for things like hoisting houses or working in between buildings.
Just about every type of crane is used in the construction industry and companies always need certified NCCCO operators with proper training.
The military makes use of cranes for all sorts of applications. Primarily truck-mounted and wheel-mounted cranes capable of operating attachments. Crawler cranes are used in quarries and for the construction of ports but they also use a wide range of other cranes for offshore and onshore work.
Military specific use includes heavily armored cranes for material handling to support combat missions. As with every other industry on this list, the military uses cranes to perform a variety of maintenance tasks and general construction for things like buildings and bridges.
Many of our crane operator training instructors are military veterans and understand what it’s like to adjust to civilian life. Operator and signalperson courses are just the beginning of an exciting new chapter!
Oil and Gas
The oil and gas industry has many challenges and mobile cranes are vital to daily operations. Facilities may require the use of mobile cranes 24 hours a day 7 days a week and heavy equipment needs to be lifted both on and offshore.
Hoisting takes place in different locations. Whether it’s a muddy oil field or developed land, the ability to travel and lift heavy loads is essential for installations. Telescopic crawlers are often used to break down smaller oil rigs because they don’t need the support of outriggers. They work alongside or in place of lattice boom crawlers and all terrain cranes.
Rigs make work efficient, easy to set up, and portability allows operators to move around the site quickly. Crane operator training is incredibly important for oil and gas workers for safety reasons.
Cranes are a major part of the mining process. Mobile cranes on site do most of the digging and material handling. Earthmoving demands accuracy and agility which is why digger derricks are used for backfilling and setting poles.
It’s easy to dig a 10-foot hole in soft sand but harder soil and rock are more of a challenge. All terrain crawlers are commonly used for:
Telescoping boom crawlers have tracks instead of rubber wheels so they can move slowly across uneven terrain. The telescopic arm allows drivers to manipulate the arm height and direction from the carriage.
The port industry mostly uses fixed cranes but it also needs mobile cranes to be successful, including offshore crawlers and floating cranes. Often rigs are used to move machinery and material. Cranes used at ports either have slip-resistant rubber tires or treads.
Mobile cranes move machinery and material in and out of ships. The flexibility of a mobile crane makes work more efficient because they are easier to set up and easy to move around.
They have the capacity to lift all kinds of bulk materials like palette boxes, steel slabs, and plates. Crane operators also use them to lift boats out of the water and salvage wreckage. Floating cranes used for offshore work are designed to be partially submerged.
The only difference between many mobile floating cranes and other kinds of mobile cranes is that they are temporarily set on a crane barge (vessel).
Waste Management and Recycling
Waste Management uses a variety of different heavy equipment to deal with landfills, recycling centers, and waste management plants. Mismanagement of materials at these sites can have serious environmental consequences and constant crane operator safety training is needed to avoid disasters.
Mobile cranes are used to move material around sites at landfills and yards. They take care of various operations like scrap handling and demolition. Waste-to-energy plants are increasingly using hybrid cranes that run on a combination of electricity and gas to improve onsight air quality. New models can also require additional crane operator training.
Iron and Steel Mill Manufacturing
Mobile cranes are valuable to mobile operations during the steel-making process. They need to move material outside of the workshop. Scrap metal is often transported to steel mills by train.
Transporters are on a tight schedule and crane operators need to move fast and time is money. Unloading rail cars needs to be done in a short amount of time. The faster this is done the
HVAC units can weigh tons and mobile cranes are used to install them. Accessibility is a big factor which is why mobile cranes are ideal for doing the heavy lifting. Several factors affect which kind of rig is right for the job.
You might need a truck-mounted crane or an all-terrain crane. The choice depends on the height of the building and whether it’s being installed on level pavement or if the ground is unstable. HVAC is a solid industry to get into for newbies who have just finished crane operator training.
Entertainment and Film
Mobile cranes have been used in the entertainment and film industries since the early nineteenth century in silent films. Setup and tear-down often need to happen within a few days for music festivals and sets. Cranes are critical for:
- Lighting Installation
- Rigging Cameras for Aerial Shots
- Setting Up Stunt Sequences
Sometimes crane operator training graduates end up working with cameramen and directors. The “crane shot” is used to position the camera for the classic views you see at the beginning or end of movies and TV shows. Also known as the “ride off into the sunset shot.” Cranes are also used to get the right angle for wide shots of massive crowds.
Explore NCTs Crane Operator Training
Certification and recertification are required for every operator and signalperson on the job. They must stay up to date on the latest developments to be at their best. It’s easy to enroll and sign up for you or your workforce.
Now is the time to join the club! Enroll in NCTs crane operator training course to get your NCCCO certification. We guarantee that you will pass the written test and fully prepare you to pass your practicals.