• Forty students took part in a field day on May 19 and watched the crawler crane being assembled and tested.

  • The students learned about assembly safety protocols and said the crane had “incredible control systems,” said Bob Albano, President and CEO of HEC.

  • The college has acquired two new Manitowoc MLC100-1 crawler cranes to add to its fleet of approximately 15 Manitowoc and Grove cranes.

Students at Heavy Equipment College of America (HEC) in Stonecrest, Georgia, took an assembly safety course on May 19 using a new Manitowoc MLC100-1. Students spent the day watching the unit assemble and test at the school’s field test site shortly after HEC took delivery of the new crane. Sixteen HEC instructors and staff conducted the operation, which focused on safety measures to ensure the proper assembly of the 110 USt lattice boom crawler crane.

According to HEC President and CEO Bob Albano, there were students taking Lattice, Swing Cab, Fixed Cab, and Signal & Rigging courses, as well as students taking heavy equipment courses.

“We had a great day outside on our grounds demonstrating assembly procedures and safety protocols to the students,” said Albano. ‘The comments we heard about the MLC100-1 were of’ great machine ‘and that it has’ incredible control systems’. We are very excited to be able to train students 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 use 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 to have students practice on modern cranes currently in use by contractors across the country to give them hands-on experience.

“These two new Manitowoc MLC100-1 cranes will show prospective students that crane operator jobs are highly specialized these days and are often very different from the outdated notions of the industry,” added Albano.

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

Further information on HEC can be found here.

Chris Brathauar
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