Operating Engineers host CCO workshops
18 April 2008
Western States Operating Engineers Training Institute Local 370 and Operating Engineers Regional Training Program Local 302/612 provided cranes and classroom facilities for CCO overhead crane and tower crane workshops, November 7 through 11.
Western States Engineers Training Institute is 16 miles south of Spokane in Spangle, WA. Mark Wagar, Local 370's training director, provided classroom facilities and a 7-ton, top running, single girder Washington overhead crane for the workshop. Candidates came from Alaska, Arizona, and Washington State to participate in the two day event.
The 60 acre Spangle site has dormitory space for 30 students and a 7,000 square foot maintenance and training building. The Western States Engineers Training Institute is licensed as an interstate college and provides training for supervisory personnel and for equipment operators.
The tower crane Practical Examiner training was conducted on a Liebherr 132 HC with a 115 foot jib and 99 foot tower at the IUOE Local 302/612 site outside Ellensburg, WA. Workshop candidates came from Arizona, Kansas, Missouri and Washington State to participate in the three-day event.
Jim Agnew, director of training at the Ellensburg site and a member of NCCCO's Tower Crane Development Task Force, provided the tower crane, training facilities, and lunch. Completed in 2004, the 1,600 acre Ellensburg training site has new offices, classroom facilities and a 9,600 square foot maintenance and training building.
The site houses six mobile cranes, one tower crane and more than 50 pieces of earthmoving equipment. Approximately 200 journeyman and apprentices are trained each year, and the site caters for the western and central Washington areas.