(PRWEB) January 15, 2014
The last of eight regional qualifying events for the MCM and CIC Crane Operator Skills Championship concluded in November. Sixteen crane operators from around the United States and Canada will move onto the finals to be held in Las Vegas during ConExpo-Con/Agg, March 4-8, 2014.
Two additional operators will have a chance to join the 16 in a qualifying round on March 4-5. The Championship will take place March 6-7 in Booth 2975 in the Gold Lot.
Prizes include up to $2000 and a custom leather jacket. Operators attending the show are encouraged to pre-register in order to assure a spot in the qualifier competition.
The Crane Operator Skills Championship is a partnership between CIC and Maximum Capacity Media, publisher of Crane & Rigging Hot Line magazine. Other sponsors supporting the event are Liebherr, Houston International Insurance Group, Slingmax, The Crosby Group, Hirschmann, DICA Outrigger Pads, and InfoChip.
The crane operator skills competitions are designed to acknowledge the special skills it takes to be a crane operator; to introduce the profession to young people; and to educate local governments and businesses about the role training, experience, and certification plays in safe crane operation.
Mike Smith, Safety Director of Crane Rental Corp., Orlando, Fla., commented that the course challenges, which are a modification of the Practical Exams administered by CIC for certification, accurately demonstrate the skills an operator uses on the job at a construction site.
“It’s all about the control, whether or not the hook is 250 feet away from the crane, or it’s working right up close to the machine shaking out iron. It’s a very hard skill to master. It’s definitely a good thing to be able to come out here and show your skills,” Smith said of the Orlando regional event he attended.
At ConExpo, operators will compete on a 265-ton Liebherr LTM 1220-5.2 all-terrain crane, featuring a 197-foot main boom. Liebherr is the official crane sponsor of the National Operator Skills Championship.
“CIC congratulates the operators who have qualified for the Championship. Operators at this level demonstrate tremendous skill. In addition, operators prove knowledge as they assess the challenges and operate safely,” said Debbie Dickinson, Executive Director of CIC. “Certification provides employers with the information they need to qualify operators for hire.”
About Crane Institute Certification
Crane Institute Certification (CIC), Villa Rica, Ga., is an independent certifying organization providing OSHA recognized, NCCA accredited certifications for mobile crane operators according to type and capacity, as well as rigger and signalperson certifications. CIC is committed to serving construction, utility and power generation, underground construction, manufacturing, and heavy industry by providing efficient and relevant certifications to meet or exceed OSHA requirements and industry best practices.
About Maximum Capacity Media & CIC Crane Operator Rodeo
The MCM & CIC Crane Operator Rodeo, now in its third year, was developed by Maximum Capacity Media, publisher of Crane & Rigging Hot Line magazine, and Crane Institute Certification, a nationally accredited crane operator certification provider, to underscore the need for safe crane operation, which can only be achieved through training and experience. Working with Regional Qualifying Rodeo hosts in cities across North America, the MCM & CIC Crane Operator Rodeo—the only crane operator recognition program of this scale in North America—is able to introduce young people to crane operation as a profession, and educate local governments and businesses about the role training, experience, and certification plays in safe crane operation. To read more about regional hosts and other sponsors, go to http://www.craneoperatorrodeo.com.