Crane Common Core


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Course Length

3 Weeks

Job Description

This three week core program is the first level of in-school technical training required for those interested in a career as a crane operator.

Course Outline

The course is divided into approximately two weeks of theory instruction followed by one week of practical training. Technical training content covers elements that are common to the three major crane classifications: Mobile Crane, Boom Truck and Tower Crane.

The curriculum includes the following units:

  • Safety knowledge and practical
  • Communications knowledge and practical
  • Cranes knowledge
  • Rigging knowledge and practical
  • Load charts knowledge and practical
  • Crane operations knowledge and practical
  • Maintenance and service knowledge and practical

Students entering this program are registered as apprentices with the Industry Training Authority and must successfully complete a final written theory exam at the end of the course.

Pre-Requisites

Program admission requirements are as follows:

  • Minimum 70% on the IUOETA Trades Assessment Exam
  • Valid Class 3 driver’s license with Air Brake Endorsement (Class 1 recommended)
  • Minimum Grade 10 recommended

Course Fees

Tuition:  $5500

Registration:  $250

Text books:  $250

Total:  $6000

Application & Examination Process

Students entering this program are registered as apprentices with the Industry Training Authority and must successfully complete a final written theory exam at the end of the course.

Students will write theory examinations and will also be assessed on job performance standards. Punctuality, attendance and attitude will also be considered in determining the final course grade.

Successful completion (70%) of the OETA Trade Assessment Examination is required for this course. Examinations are scheduled by the OETP at any Operating Engineer’s offices.

Examination subject areas are:

  • Math Foundations (possible score—15/60)
  • Industry Related Problems (possible score—21/60)
  • Problem Sets (possible score—24/60)

If you are interested in this program, contact the Training Association office and obtain an Application for Training package. Complete the package and submit it to the nearest Operating Engineers Office to be forwarded to the Operating Engineers Training Association. Applications will be submitted to the IUOE 115 Training Coordinator for review.

Include with your application a resume, appropriate reference materials, a copy of your Driver’s abstract and/or license, and any other supporting or reference material.

Qualified applicant files will go before a selection committee. Successful applicants will be assigned to the class upon confirmation of their ability to attend.