ITI to Host Pacific Northwest Regional Crane Operator & Rigger Skills Competition
Industrial Training International (iti.com) is proud to host the Pacific Northwest Regional Crane Operator & Rigger Skills Competition September 5, 2014 at ITI Headquarters in Woodland, Wash. The September 5th competition is the first of eight CIC regional events, with the top two participants from each region moving on to the national championship in Las Vegas in the spring of 2015.
The skills competition will serve as the centerpiece of a day filled with activities including, an open house, vendor showcase, and customer/community appreciation.
The September 5th event marks the second time that ITI has hosted a CIC sponsored regional skills competition.
Eight crane operators from the Pacific Northwest competed on October 5, 2013 at ITI's Woodland Training Center for two berths in the National Crane Operator Rodeo Finals. The regional qualifying event was one of nine rodeos leading up to the National Finals that will take place in March of 2014 at the CONEXPO-CON/AGG Trade Show in Las Vegas.
The eight contestants competed in three events that were judged and scored by certified CIC examiners, ITI's Jay Dyson and Alex Faris.
The first event, Place Ball in Drum, called for the contestants to place the ball of a 35-ton-capacity RT Grove 635C into two open drums as quickly as possible.
In the second event, Slalom, the crane operators had to direct a load (a weighted 55 gallon metal drum) through a slalom course of staggered drums as quickly as possible, while keeping a 3-foot chain fastened to the bottom of the drum in contact with the ground at all times.
The final event, Stand & Move Pipe, required contestants to lift a 10-foot PVC pipe, filled with concrete to a standing position, keep the pipe within a corridor, and finally lay it down again.
While speed was king in these events, accuracy and control played a vital role as well, as operators were penalized for violations in each event, and points were added to their overall score. The operator with the lowest total score after the three events is the champion.