ITI Partners with Capital Safety Fall Protection

Posted by Industrial Training International on Jan 27, 2017 3:35:19 PM

ITI Partners with Capital Safety Fall Protection

Capital Safety (www.capitalsafety.com) and Industrial Training International (www.iti.com) have announced a partnership beginning in 2017, where ITI will host select Capital Safety Fall Protection courses at the ITI Training Center in Woodland, Washington. Additionally, the entire ITI Technical Team went through a "train-the-trainer" program in September of 2016, and is now approved to deliver Authorized Person and Equipment Inspector fall protection training for crane and rigging professionals, and other industrial employees working at heights. 

The fall protection courses will utilize the two-story Bull Rigging Structure that currently resides inside the hands-on skills building area of the Training Center. The Bull Rigging Structure is typically utilized in rigging application training courses to give workers practical, hands-on experience moving loads with chain hoists, in tight, hard to maneuver conditions, much like the environment inside a plant or factory. ITI maintains another two-story Bull Rigging Structure at the Houston, Texas Training Center, with one-story structures in Memphis, Tennessee and Edmonton, Alberta.


Capital Safety, a 3M Company, is an industry-leader in Fall Protection products and solutions, including harnesses, lanyards, self-retracting lifelines and engineered systems. They employ a fully staffed training group that executes open enrollment courses, specialty training programs, and on-site training at customer locations all across North America. 

Industrial Training International is a world leader in training and technical services regarding cranes, rigging, lift planning, and rigging engineering.  ITI offers 30+ courses through its specialized instructor-led team at its hands-on training centers as well as at customer locations.  Additionally, its e-learning services include on-demand courses and VR crane and rigging simulation.


Capital Safety courses currently scheduled for 2017 at ITI’s Woodland, WA location include: 


About Capital Safety


Capital Safety is a manufacturer of fall protection, confined space, and rescue equipment for oil and gas, construction, utilities, wind energy, transportation, telecommunication, mining, and general industries. They are headquartered in suburban Minneapolis, Minnesota, with primary manufacturing and training facilities in Red Wing, Minnesota. Capital Safety operates manufacturing, distribution and training facilities worldwide, and has more than 20,000 sku’s and holds more than 400 active patents.

About ITI


ITI is a privately held company with headquarters in Woodland, WA. The company specializes in cranes, rigging, lift planning and rigging engineering training and technical services through all facets of delivery.

For more information, visit iti.com/solutions, or call 8000.727.6355 to speak with a Training Solutions Adviser today.

Topics: fall protection, 3M, Capital Safety

Bechtel to Host ITI Customer Advisory Open-House Focusing on Crane & Rigging Technology & Innovation

Posted by Industrial Training International on Jan 13, 2017 7:18:07 AM

Bechtel to Host ITI Customer Advisory Open-House Focusing on Crane & Rigging Technology & Innovation

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Industrial Training International (iti.comwill be hosting customers at Bechtel's Oil, Gas & Chemicals Offices in Houston, Texas on Friday, February 10th, 2017, from 8AM to 5PM for an open-house featuring an incredible lineup of innovative solutions regarding cranes, rigging, industrial training and safety.

There is very limited space at the event which will allow participants to demo four innovative products in 15-minute intervals. To request a demonstration time slot visit www.iti.com/innovation, space and availability is very limited.

Bechtel subject-matter experts have participated in the Technical Advisory Group for ITI's development of its virtual reality mobile crane simulator project along with several other organizations (www.iti.com/vr) given its strong culture of innovation and desire to leverage technology to enhance its operations. 

A preview of the four stations that will be available for demonstration are as follows:

VR Mobile Crane Simulator

  • ITI's virtual reality mobile crane simulator developed in partnership with Serious Labs contains over 400 scenarios and multiple crane types used to screen potential operators, train apprentices, and provide continuous training and qualification of existing employees or contractors.

VR Aerial Work Platform Simulator

  • Virtual reality aerial work platform simulator developed by ITI's partners, Serious Labs and United Rentals, is the most state-of-the-art and safe way to train and qualify new AWP operators.

OJT Simulations

  • On-the-job training simulations from ITI's partners, TPC Training Solutions and Serious Labs, help automate and standardize industrial skills assessments.


  • Interactive and immersive instructor-led training powered through virtual reality from ITI's partner, Serious Labs, for instructor and student interaction that surpasses timezones and allows a live virtual audience of thousands.

ITI has hosted similar customer advisory events in the past in New York, Edmonton, Fort McMurray, and Houston. In July 2016, ITI with host Mammoet USA, filled the conference room at Mammoet's Rosharon, Texas US-headquarters for a similar event with over 30 participants. The company aims to hear and understand customer feedback which in turn drives its decision-making and service offerings.

To learn more about this event and other ITI services please contact Jonah Hobson, Director of Customer Success, at jonah@iti.com.

To learn more about ITI's capabilities in the Houston Area, please contact Justin Meade, General Manager of ITI Houston, at justin@iti.com

Topics: ITI VR, VR Mobile Crane Simulator, OneRoom, VR AWP Simulator

3 Instructor Positions Opened in 2017 Budget at North American Crane & Rigging Training Leader

Posted by Industrial Training International on Dec 22, 2016 8:43:30 AM

3 Instructor Positions Opened in 2017 Budget at North American Crane & Rigging Training Leader

Woodland Washington | Houston, Texas | December 22, 2016  

Industrial Training International (iti.com) has opened three full-time instructor positions in its 2017 operating budget to increase its full-time equivalent trainer count to 14 in North and South America.

The ITI Technical Services Team includes:

  • Jim Cox, Senior Instructor, Hoist & Inspection Chair, Woodland, Washington
  • Michael Johnson, Senior Instructor, Woodland, Washington
  • Richard Marcotte, Instructor, Rigging Chair, Banff, Alberta
  • John Bartlett, Instructor, Mobile Crane Chair, Portland, Maine
  • Efren Solis, Instructor, Houston, Texas
  • Jay Dyson, Instructor, Woodland, Washington
  • Amanda Jordan, Regional Director & Instructor, Houston, Texas
  • Fernando Ferraz, Managing Director & Instructor, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Alberto Rocha, Instructor, Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • Joe Kuzar, Assistant Technical Director, Woodland, Washington
  • Mike Parnell, Technical Director, Woodland, Washington

In 2016 this Team conducted over 1,500 training days with thousands of students in every US State and 10 countries worldwide. ITI Instructors are true industry professionals who participate in industry committees and associations including the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Association of Crane & Rigging Professionals, American Society of Safety Engineers, Electric Power Research Institute, Associated Wire Rope Fabricators, Specialized Carriers & Rigging Association, Houston Business Roundtable and many more.

Instructor candidates are evaluated with three key areas in mind: ITI Culture Fit, Role Success, and Staying Power. The role is a difficult one to fill - the company reports that about 1 in 100 applicants are hired due to the stringency of the hiring criteria and sheer difficulty of the role which matches communication and technical skills with a fast-paced road warrior work activity.

This year, the company is regretfully celebrating the retirements of two consummate training professionals, Devon Beasley (30 years) and Bob Schumacher (10 years).  Since 1986, ITI Instructors have contributed to the improvement of crane and rigging competency and safety throughout the world.

The company is preferring candidates for these three openings based near three of its training centers located in Houston, Memphis, Cleveland.

To learn more about the Instructor positions available visit www.iti.com/careers-technical-team

To learn more about all Careers at ITI, visit www.iti.com/careers


Topics: ITI, Rigging Trainer, Crane Trainer

ITI Year in Review - 2016

Posted by Industrial Training International on Dec 6, 2016 9:49:00 AM

ITI Year in Review - 2016

As 2016 comes to a close, here is a look back at some of the highlights, milestones, and a sneak-peek into 2017 and beyond!


Questions? Please direct to info@iti.com

Topics: nccco, OSHA Construction Crane Rule, ITI Training Center, ITI VR, 2016, Entertainment Rigging

The Future of Training & Work [Infographic]

Posted by Industrial Training International on Nov 22, 2016 9:35:00 AM

The Future of Training & Work [Infographic]

Technology is a driving force of change. Plain and simple, it changes the way we do things. Take a minute to contemplate how technology has changed the following over the past 50 years:

  • Transportation
  • Communication
  • Health & Wellness
  • Entertainment
  • Education
  • Security
  • Record Keeping

The differences are astounding. Now, two emerging technologies - Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR), have the potential to completely overhaul how training and skilled work are completed. Here are the numbers:

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To learn more about VR and AR register for the next Showcase Webinar. Information is below:

Alternatives to Reality: Virtual & Augmented Reality and the Future of Industrial Work

Wednesday, December 14 | 10 AM PST/1 PM EST | Register Here

Presenters: Zack Parnell, President, ITI

Andrew Czarnietzki, Product Designer, Serious Labs, Inc.

Learning Points:

- Training & On-boarding w/VR
- VR Equipment & Task Simulation
- AR vs. VR (Working Mode vs. Training Mode)
- AR Applications (Mini Case Studies)

The live webinar will conclude with an open Q&A session.

Register for the Webinar


Topics: Training, Infographic, vr, AR

New Technology Alert - Buckner Introduces Earthloc [Webinar]

Posted by Industrial Training International on Oct 17, 2016 9:53:31 AM

New Technology Alert - Buckner Introduces Earthloc [Webinar] 

The next Showcase Webinar is set for October 27 at 10 AM Pacific Time/1 PM Eastern Time, and will feature a case study on a brand new technology that addresses the stabilization of ground for mobile crane work and permanent structures.Earthloc_Module_003.png Earthloc, developed by Buckner Heavylift Cranes, could very well be a game changer when it comes to ground stabilization issues. The webinar will feature a use case study of the technology on two recent Buckner projects with Heavylift & Rigging Planner Jim Jatho leading the discussion. The webinar details are below:

Buckner Presents Earthloc: A Revolutionary New System for Supporting Mobile Crane Operations and Permanent Foundations

  • Thursday, October 27, 10am PDT/1pm EDT
  • Presenter: Jim Jatho, Heavylift & Rigging Planner, Bucker Heavylift Cranes

Sign up for the webinar here!

Mr. Jatho has been with Buckner for more than five years, during which he has been involved in the planning and execution of hundreds of critical lifts without incident. He has planned lifts in a number of environments including oil refineries, chemical plants, fertilizer plants, wind farms, and nuclear power plants. Throughout his career in the heavylift industry, Jim has been an innovator, developing his own tools and software to aid in the lift planning process.

If you have questions about the webinar please direct them to webinars@iti.com or call 800.727.6355. 

Topics: Buckner, Showcase Webinar Series, Earthloc, Ground Stabilization

ITI to Host NCCCO Commissioners for Fall Meeting 2016

Posted by Industrial Training International on Oct 11, 2016 2:22:08 PM

ITI to Host NCCCO Commissioners for Fall Meeting 2016

Over 60 NCCCO Commissioners, committee members, and guest are expected to attend the 41st Biannual NCCCO Commissioner Meeting hosted at Industrial Training International's Woodland, Washington Headquarters and Training Center, Oct. 18-21.NCCCO_Meeting_2015.jpg

The week-long event will include the full Commissioner's meeting, which will be highlighted by updates to the rule making process for several pending OSHA regulations (including crane operator qualification and technical amendments), reports on recent action items from various NCCCO Committees, and an update from the NCCCO Board of Directors. 

The National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO) was formed in January 1995, as a non-profit organization with it mission to develop effective performance standards for safe crane operation to assist all segments of general industry and construction. By providing thorough, independent assessments of knowledge and skills, NCCCO aims to enhance lifting equipment safety, reduce workplace risk, improve performance records, stimulate training, and give due recognition to the professionals who work in, with, and around cranes.

ITI participates formally on the Lift Director Committee with Joseph Kuzar, Assistant Technical Director and the company has sponsored NCCCO events in the past including a Commissioner's Meeting in 2014 in Dallas (pictured right).  ITI has invited local companies to participate in this Meeting through sponsorships including Kiewit (www.kiewit.com), West Coast Training (www.heavyequipmenttraining.com), West Coast Wire Rope (www.wcwr.com), and Samson Rope Technologies (www.samsonrope.com).

A special addition to the Fall Meeting is the ITI Virtual Reality (VR) Mobile Crane Simulator, which will be open for attendee demonstrations and feedback throughout the meeting. The VR Crane Simulator is scheduled for a March 2017 release, and will include a simulation course that serves as a preparation tool for national certification crane operator practical exams.


If you are interested in attending the Oct. 18-21 meeting, email info@iti.com or call 800.727.6355.


Topics: nccco, ITI VR, VR Mobile Crane Simulator

ITI VR Accepting Beta Program Applications for Mobile Crane Simulator

Posted by Industrial Training International on Oct 4, 2016 4:30:39 AM

ITI VR Accepting Beta Program Applications for Mobile Crane Simulator

Woodland, Washington – October 4, 2016 – Industrial Training International (iti.com), is now accepting applications for its Virtual Reality (VR) Mobile Crane Simulator Beta Program. The simulator is on target for a March 2017 release date, with the official unveiling at CONEXPO (http://conexpoconagg.com/), in Las Vegas. Beta Program applicants have the opportunity to gain immediate access to the Simulator through the development process with a hardware deposit and will be in the reservation queue when the final version is ready in early 2017.

Beta Program applicants will receive the hardware and software needed to run all available course simulations including:
  • A high-powered laptop
  • An Oculus Rift Headset
  • Xbox Controller
  • Simulation Library Package

"We've tried to answer customer requests with this initiative. This Beta Program will allow interested customers to access our simulator throughout the development process prior to receiving their final crane controls and the full library of courses," commented E-Learning Specialist and ITI VR Project Manager, Caleb Steinborn.

Although standard reservations can be placed for both the Desktop and Motion-Base Mobile Crane Simulators with a $1,000 deposit, these reservations will not be fulfilled until early 2017.  Beta Program applicants essentially purchase the available hardware and course library at-cost ($3,500) and are able to gain a 20% discount on the Desktop version and/or a 10% discount on the Motion-Base version when the final joysticks and hardware becomes available. 


Beta Program applicants may return their hardware purchase for a 75% refund after the equipment is returned to ITI, and ITI validates that it can successfully refurbish the hardware for future use.

To learn about all terms and conditions regarding the Beta Program and ITI VR Reservations, visit www.iti.com/vr#beta or click the button below to apply. 

Apply Now!

In addition to early access through the ITI VR Beta Program, ITI representatives will be hosting VR demonstrations at the following industry events, visit www.iti.com/vr#tourdates for full details.

  • Oct. 6, 2016 | Houston Area Safety Council Open House | HASC, 5213 Center Street, Pasadena, TX

  • Oct. 11, 2016 | Houston Business Roundtable (HBR) Showcase| HASC, 5213 Center Street, Pasadena, TX

  • Oct. 18-21, 2016 | NCCCO Commissioner's Meeting | ITI, 9428 Old Pacific Highway, Woodland, WA

  • Nov. 2, 2016 | Lift & Move USA | Bragg Companies, 6251 N. Paramount Blvd., Long Beach, CA

  • Nov. 6-9, 2016 | SABIC Exhibition of STC-12 | King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz Cultural Centre, End of Road 3, Jubail Industrial City, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

  • Feb. 14, 2017 | Lift & Move USA | All Erection & Crane Rental, 6429 Harney Road, Tampa, FL

  • March 6-9, 2017 | Oregon Governor's Occupational Safety & Health Conference | Oregon Convention Center, 777 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, Portland, OR

  • March 7-11, 2017 | Con Expo | Las Vegas Convention Center, 3150 Paradise Road, Las Vegas, NV

  • May 1, 2017 | Lift & Move USA | Lifting Gear Hire, 9925 Industrial Drive, Chicago, IL

To learn more about ITI VR visit www.iti.com/vr today, or call 800.727.6355. 

Topics: ConExpo, ITI VR, VR Mobile Crane Simulator, VR Training, Beta Program

TPC Training Systems to Distribute ITI Courses through Partnership

Posted by Industrial Training International on Sep 27, 2016 6:07:28 AM

TPC Training Systems (www.tpctraining.com) and Industrial Training International (www.iti.com) have announced a course distribution partnership in which TPC will distribute ITI's e-learning course libraries and training center courses, and ITI will distribute TPC's e-learning course libraries.

TPC Training Systems offers a complete portfolio of industrial skills with over 1,000 course hours of maintenance and industrial safety topics. Training titles range from fundamentals skills to job-specific titles like welding, robotics, maintenance management, and now rigging. Additionally, TPC Trainco delivers intensive, high-impact classroom training on 30+ electrical, HVAC, plant management, and mechanical topics through 2-4 day local seminars or customized on-site training.

Industrial Training International is a world leader in training and technical services regarding cranes, rigging, lift planning, and rigging engineering.  ITI offers 30+ courses through its specialized instructor-led team at its hands-on training centers as well as at customer locations.  Additionally, its e-learning services include on-demand courses and VR crane and rigging simulation.

TPC Training Systems has begun distribution of the ITI Crane & Rigging and the Rigging Engineering e-learning libraries to its 8,000+ administrators of TPC Online, a learning management system that powers and delivers training for over 100,000 customer employees each year.  Additionally, later this year, TPC Trainco (www.tpctrainco.com) will begin distribution of several of ITI's leading training center courses including Master Rigger, Rigging Gear Inspector, and Mobile Crane Operator.

“Andrew Kauser and his team in Chicago and Denver have an incredible history, having basically pioneered the industrial training space since the 1960s. We actually had begun looking for an LMS partner and found much more with TPC and Trainco including a strategic relationship that will foster growth in both companies and bring a great amount of new content to each other's customers," commented Zack Parnell, President of ITI.

CEO of TPC Training Systems, Andrew Kauser mentioned that, “Crane and rigging activities, as well as lift planning, are critical processes for many of our clients.  Providing the training necessary to accurately and safely manage lifting procedures is part of our commitment to being to the total training solution for our customers.”

About TPC Training Systems: TPC Training Systems is a privately held company with headquarters in Buffalo Grove, IL. As part of Telemedia, LLC, the company offers a complete portfolio of training methods, including online, classroom, and on-the-job. The company has helped more than 40,000 client sites globally to train over 3.5 million skilled workers. 

About ITI: ITI is a privately held company with headquarters in Woodland, WA. The company specializes in cranes, rigging, lift planning and rigging engineering training and technical services through all facets of delivery.

For more information, visit iti.com/online, or call 800.727.6355 to speak with a Training Solutions Expert today.

Topics: e-learning, TPC Training Systems, ITI Online

Do you have what it takes to be a lift planner? [Quiz]

Posted by Industrial Training International on Sep 22, 2016 2:35:09 PM

Do you have what it takes to be a lift planner? [Quiz]

Fundamentals of Rigging Engineering is one of the best training opportunities for lift planners available. Test yourself with actual assessment questions from the program and see where you stack up with your peers. Good luck!


Topics: Fundamentals of Rigging Engineering, lift planning, Quiz