Apprenticeship is a method of gaining the expertise needed to become a skilled tradesperson. This is done through a combination of on-the-job experience and classroom training.
The mobile crane operator apprenticeship term is 3 years (three 12-month periods), including
- a minimum of 1,500 hours of on-the-job training and 6 weeks of technical training at NAIT in the first year
- a minimum of 1,500 hours of on-the-job training in the second year
- a minimum of 1,500 hours of on-the-job training and 6 weeks of technical training at NAIT in the third year
Once training has been completed, the apprentice will then write provincial examinations set by the Government of Alberta and become certified as a journeyperson.
Period 1 is 6 weeks in length.
Apprentices are trained in
- introduction to mobile cranes
- trade calculations
- load chart reading
- introduction to operating procedures
- rigging and equipment accessories
- inspection, testing and maintenance
- hydraulics and applications to machine control
- power trains
- chassis and suspensions
- diesel engines and systems
- rules and regulations relating to the trade
Period 2 is 1,500 hours of work experience. There is no technical training associated with period 2.
Period 3 is 6 weeks in length.
Apprentices review mobile cranes and components and operating procedures, and receive training in
- principles of crane operation
- load charts
- advanced rigging procedures
- introduction to pre-lift planning and new cranes
- conventional crane draw-works
- specialized lift attachments
- multi-crane lifts