Manitowoc donates crane simulator to Texas IUOE

Manitowoc has donated a crane simulator to the International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE) International Training & Education Center in Crosby, Texas, solidifying their longstanding partnership.

The machine is beneficial for both new and seasoned operators.

“We are thrilled to receive this donation from Manitowoc,” said Chris Treml, director, IUOE Training Center. “This partnership has been invaluable, and having permanent access to this simulator is a game changer for our students and instructors.”

The crane simulator, now owned by IUOE, provides a secure, controlled environment for students to gain control familiarization and basic crane operation skills. Instructors can communicate and guide students as they practice computer and Load Moment Indicator (LMI) setup and operation. The simulator is an almost replica of a crane cab, enabling students to develop muscle memory as they handle control stick functions and computer operations. 

“The simulator allows for pre-training on controls and LMIs before students transition to operating real cranes,” Treml added. “This ensures that students are well-prepared and confident when they step onto a job site.”

The donation marks a significant milestone in enhancing training opportunities for crane operators, advancing optimal industry practices and permanently enriching the educational experience for both instructors and students, the company said. In addition to developing mobile and crawler crane operation skills, the simulator offers students the opportunity to learn tower crane operation, adding a new dimension to their training experience.


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