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Kim McPhee Jul 16, 2020 10:06:37 AM 2 min read

SMART Local 137 Joins the Growing List of Unions Leveraging the ITI VR Crane Simulator and ITI Online

Long Island based Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transport (SMART) Local 137 has joined the growing ranks of unions utilizing the latest in learning and recruiting technology with the addition of the ITI VR Boom Truck Simulator and robust Crane & Rigging Library of ITI Online. This new asset and learning system will allow for increased seat time and preparation training for Operators preparing for their NCCCO certification and re-certification exams with the added benefits of available usage on demand and throughout the Northeasts often unforgiving winters and availability of use without relying on equipment availability or classroom space. The Boom Truck Simulator will be powered by the flexibility of the ITI VR Essentials subscription which allows SMART Local 137 to access only the crane type they need for an unlimited number of operators. The ITI Online Library will be backed by the per-launch option which allows SMART Local 137 to use the launched purchased on demand for any of the ITI Crane & Rigging Library courses. 

About SMART Local 137

SMART Local 137 was established over a century ago and has served the New York City metropolitan area and beyond in installing signs, awnings, banners, billboards, road signs, skyscrapers, and buildings. Their extensive apprenticeship program moves from basic sign making through advanced skills for fabrication and installation. Successful candidates graduate from the program as journeymen with about 19 licences and certifications. Safety, education, empowerment and employment remain the top statutes of SMART Local 137.

About ITI VR Crane Simulations

ITI VR Crane Simulations encompasses the most widely-used VR crane operator training and assessment platform in the world. ITI VR harnesses the technology of virtual reality, powered by development partner Serious Labs, and is infused with the technical industry knowledge and instructional design of Industrial Training International subject-matter experts to provide fully immersive, hands-on, practical operator training.

At ITI VR Crane Simulations, we believe in:

  • 1-to-1 Authenticity - In partnership with leading crane manufacturers like Broderson, Liebherr, Link-Belt, Tadano, and Terex, we strive to create a virtual experience indistinguishable from the real world.
  • Robust, Unmatched & Growing Offering - With 9 crane models, 500+ scenarios (and more on the way), our community of subscribers benefit from a growing and unmatched breadth and depth of simulation content, without having to pay more for new features.
  • Continuous Improvement with our Customers - We never settle and don't expect our customers to either. That is why so many of the world's best-run organizations are a part of the ITI VR community including Bechtel, ExxonMobil, Nucor Steel, General Electric, United Rentals and the US Navy utilize ITI VR Crane Simulations. The pioneering subscription model allows our community members unlimited content updates including, new crane types, training scenarios, and environments as they become available.

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ITI is a global leader in training and technical services for users of load handling equipment and has been a pioneering force in the load handling industry since 1986.

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