CRANE TRAINING | 5 Minute Read
Written by Jake Rudge
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Benefits of Comprehensive C6 Crane Ticket Training
Through hands-on, fundamental and basis training with a variety of cranes (including slew and non-slew), more comprehensive C6 crane ticket training benefits students with:
- Better understanding of safer mobile crane operation through experience
- Crane operator employment appeal through versatility
- Informed and practical understanding of specific crane types to conduct inspections and general maintenance
In your hands, you hold your brand new ‘shiny’ C6 crane ticket. You are now qualified to head out into the wonderful world of mobile crane-age. But are you necessarily prepared for anything that gets thrown at you?
Think of it this way, you are passed out on a 25T truck mount crane in the training environment. The next week you land a job at Bill & Teds Crane Hire. “Hey you’ve got a C6 licence, jump in the 16T city crane, we’ve got a truck to unload down the road at the Claridges Builders’ site.”
Sounds crazy right? The above is a real life scenario of what you’re licensed to do post training and successfully completing a ‘C6 Slew Mobile Crane Course‘. From my own personal experience, situations such as these are surely the most daunting of anyone’s career. Gone are the days of onsite crane & rigging apprenticeships; the industry decided it was too costly and inefficient hence the one week training course was born. You can’t replace hours/days/weeks/months/years of experience in the seat, but you can be more prepared before leaving the training yard.
C6 licence holders can operate many cranes across different classes
Let’s think about what a C6 crane ticket in Australia will allow you to operate. You can operate mobile slewing cranes up to 60 tonnes, which is exciting enough. But, when you look at the multitude of cranes in that class, there’s 3T spider cranes, to 60T truck mounted all terrain cranes and everything in between.
The C6 licence also covers (in line with WHS legislation encompassments), the ability for a licence holder to operate cranes in different classes:
The learning curve from training yard to construction site is steep
In industry, the biggest challenge a new C6 licence holder will face is jumping from what they will learn in the standard training environment (i.e how to operate a slew crane), to getting thrown in a (non-slew) franna which is a completely different kettle of fish. Not to mention the fact there’s already enough for a fresh C6 licence holder to get their head around in the first place. Such are the different nuances between city cranes, rough terrain cranes, all terrain cranes and crawler cranes – all sitting in the mobile slew crane class.
Duffy our in-house franna expert (or as we like to call him, King Duffy), has been driving a franna most his working life and talks to our director Matt about the intricacies of operating a 14T franna. Watch below:
Let’s go deeper into the benefits of in-depth C6 Crane Ticket Training:
1. Better understanding of safer mobile crane operation through experience
It’s one thing to read an operator manual or text book. Or listen to a ‘war story’ and think you have an understanding on how a crane works, all the little details and styles required to safely operate different types of cranes.
It’s another to experience them in real life from the seat, feel a crawler creep on slew as she’s on a 2 degree side slope, set up outriggers on uneven ground, swing a 40m jib around a tightly confined space and navigate a site crabbing a rough terrain crane with 5m of boom poking over the front.
2. Crane operator employment appeal through versatility
We hope that giving our candidates exposure to various crane equipment, will benefit them when it comes to employment options. Not only do we train on frannas, but most C6 candidates take us up on our ‘C6 Elite’ package and leave On the Job Training (OTJT) with both a C6 and a CN licence with formal knowledge and practical training and experience in both cranes.
Employers and candidates feel confident in being let loose on a franna without going in blind. Although entirely legal to do so with a C6 licence, a franna is a completely different beast to a mobile slew crane with a different thought process and methodology required to operate one competently, safely and efficiently.
3. Informed and practical understanding of specific crane types to conduct inspections and general maintenance
By undertaking specific machine training here at OTJT, we are now not only talking hypothetically. Candidates are actually putting their hands on the cranes, and receiving training and seat time in all of the different styles of cranes they may operate in the field. Candidates leave OTJT with experience in safe operation, inspection and how to respect all of the machines.
Hands-on practical experience with more crane types is a no brainer
With this in mind, at ‘On The Job Training’, we understand this and in an effort to give our students a leg up in the industry, we expose every C6 candidate to a sample of all our cranes. On site here at Helensvale, students “play” (for want of a better word) on the following cranes…
- 3T truck mounted slew crane
- 7T city class slew crane
- 14T franna non-slew crane
- 20T rough terrain slew crane
- 25T truck mounted slew crane
- 50T lattice boom crawler crane
We feel that it helps in many ways to strengthen the candidates and hopefully prepare them better for industry so they hit the ground running. Check out our crane line up and what some of our students had to say about their experience with our ‘C6 Elite’ training course below:
‘C6 Elite’ Mobile Crane Course is part of our ‘Construction Safety Initiative’
The ‘C6 Elite’ course is all part of our objective to build a safer industry. Our vision is that it’ll be standardised across the industry as hopefully now, you’ve understood our reasoning for its importance. You’ll be hearing more from us in the coming weeks about the ‘Construction Safety Initiative’ – stay tuned!
You cannot replace years of experience in the seat of a crane with one week in a training yard – that ‘apprentice-ship’ has now sailed. Leaving the training yard with C6 crane ticket in hand, it’s up to employers to build on their learning with further in-house development. The overwhelming majority in industry also feel that before taking the seat you learn the craft and ‘do your time’ outside the cab at the hook (check out our dogging and rigging courses here). However, before you step outside the training yard, you can be better prepared for whatever ‘real life’ situation faces you next.
Feeling inspired to experience the best mobile crane training has to offer?
Check out our course calendar here, send us a message via the enquiry form or call us on 07 5502 8331 to book. Our training facility is at Stapylton off the M1, Yatala North exit where the Gold Coast meets Brisbane. Train and get accredited with us, On the Job Training (RTO #70023).