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Crane Operator Training Offshore

Crane operator training offshore is basically on the job. While the first pick is of course going to go to experienced operators, senior riggers can gain experience in the actual operation of a crane by working closely with the crane operator as well as his assistant. This is truly the best way to learn - working with experienced pros, who can show you the in's and outs of the job.

The basics of crane operations are similar whether onshore or offshore, but there are a lot of variables in working a crane offshore that require specialized training and experience. While there are some great classroom training operations, the really good ones have setup a program that includes a lot of hands on experience. However, nothing can prepare you for lifting a load off of a supply boat in twenty foot seas except by actually doing it.

One of the best way to train as a crane operator is by going through an apprenticeship program; these will take longer than the paid training programs that are available, but you will learn a lot more as well - plus, begin earning money right away. Your typical apprenticeship will run for 3 years, and include 144 hours or more of classroom training as well every year.  

What Crane Operator Training Programs Include

  • Communications with riggers and ground workers using hand signals and two-way radios
  • Safety, for crane operation follows guidelines established by the industry and the government.
  • The different kinds of Cranes and their uses
  • Physical operation of the crane
  • Load bearing, cables, rigging, weights and load calculations
  • Learning proper procedures and distances.
  • Safety, especially when working near power lines
  • Industry and government guidelines

Choosing a Great Crane Operator Training Program

First, decide whether you want to go the apprenticeship route, vocational, trade or technical school, or some of the intense, shorter programs that are available. A big factor in this decision should be whether you have already gained some on the job experience by working as a rigger

If you have a good deal of rigging experience under your belt, or even some crane operations experience, the best route might be through one of the shorter programs. If, however, your experience is limited, you should consider a trade school or apprenticeship program so you can gain some real experience working a crane.

Whereever things are built, crane operators offshore are needed - in good times and bad. It's a great and exciting job, and a little bit dangerous as well. If you are into building things, heavy equipment, and making good money, becoming a crane operator could be a real good choice for you. 



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