NACB up and running in Houston

15 April 2008

The North American Crane Bureau (NACB) has opened a training facility on the campus of Lee College in Baytown, TX. The NACB will offer several new training programs at the new facility.

Responding to a shortage of trained mobile crane operators in the Gulf Coast region, the Mobile Crane Operator Fast Track course is an intensive 160 hour training program designed to prepare entry-level hydraulic mobile crane operators for industry. The course focuses on the industrial carry deck crane and the small capacity (under 30 ton) rough terrain and all terrain cranes, and includes classroom instruction, simulation training and field training. At the end of the program, students can test out (written testing and practical field evaluations) leading to a certified crane operator credential designation under the NCCER/NACB Mobile Crane Operator Certification Program.

NACB's new Advanced Rigging Practices and Principles course offers advanced training on rigging applications, performance standards, sling configurations, inspection criteria and the use of various rigging gear. The Overhead Hoist Maintenance course offers hands-on workbench training for overhead hoist system maintenance. With an assortment of hoist manufacturers represented, NACB will instruct students on how to adjust brake systems, troubleshoot electrical problems, inspection criteria, and how to conduct pneumatic system repairs.

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