June 8, 2021

Heavy Equipment College of America (HEC) students and instructors assembled and tested a 110-tonne lattice boom crawler crane on the school campus in Stonecrest, Georgia.

The school’s newly acquired Manitowoc MLC100-1 crane arrived at its field test site, where 16 instructors and staff conducted the operation, which focused on safety measures to ensure the crawler crane was properly assembled.

According to HEC President / CEO Bob Albano, students from the Lattice, Swing Cab, Fixed Cab, and Signal & Rigging courses attended, as well as students who took heavy equipment courses.

“We had a great day outside on our premises demonstrating assembly procedures and safety protocols to the students,” Albano said in a prepared statement. “The comments we heard about the MLC100-1 were of ‘great machine’ and that it had ‘incredible control systems’. We are definitely excited that students can train on such an innovative crane with some of the latest technology in the industry. “

The instructors were also satisfied with the Manitowoc crawler crane. They described the machine as “easy to operate and learn,” says Albano.

The purchase of the MLC100-1 was part of a two-unit acquisition: the other crane went to HEC’s Oklahoma City facility. The move is part of the school’s strategy of training students on modern cranes currently in use by contractors across the country and giving them hands-on experience.

“These two new Manitowoc MLC100-1 cranes will show prospective students that crane operator professions are highly specialized these days and are often very different from what the industry thought out of date,” said Albano.

HEC is the only crane operation school accredited by the Ministry of Education. The school purchased the two MLC100-1 cranes from long-time Manitowoc dealer H&E Equipment Services, based in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Source: Manitowoc