Cranes 101 and Wood’s CRW Corp. will kick off the MCM & CIC Crane Operator Rodeo regional qualifying events in North Oxford, Mass. The organizations have planned a variety of activities, special guests, and vendors during the event while crane operators from the area compete for the top score during the skills competition.
The MCM & CIC Crane Operator Rodeo, now in its third year, was
developed by publisher Maximum Capacity Media and Crane Institute
Certification, a nationally accredited crane operator certification
provider, to underscore the need for safe crane operation, which can
only be achieved through training and experience.
Operation is no longer a job. It’s a profession. The complexity of
cranes requires a broad spectrum of higher mental and physical abilities
of a specifically trained professional,” said Jay Sturm, President of
Cranes 101, a division of the Sturm Corporation. “I’m concerned that the
general public may not understand the level of professionalism that is
required by the workers in this industry. To that end, I hope that
events like these will educate the public about what it takes to safely
For the Massachusetts regional event, IUOE Local 4 will supply a
crane simulator for operators to prepare for the competition, as well as
allow attendees to sit in a crane cab and operate a virtual crane.
Additionally, Cranes 101 and Wood’s CRW plan to hire a deejay for the
Rodeo, hand out crane industry gear, and raffle off prizes. While the
focus of the event is the crane operator competition, area technical
students and the local community are invited to come watch.
Sturm, operations manager for Cranes 101, said the top two winners will
receive an all-expenses paid trip to ConExpo to compete in the National
Championship, and the third-place winner will receive crane models
donated from industry manufacturers. The top two winners will also
receive prizes from Crane Institute Certification.
Vendors at the Regional Qualifying Rodeo will include representatives from National Crane, Link-Belt, and I&I Sling.
To compete, the operator registration fee is $30. A portion of the
proceeds collected will be donated to the Loki Clan Wolf Refuge charity.