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Preparing students for heavy equipment operating certifications for more than 17 years.

The Crane School

About Us

The Crane School has been preparing students for heavy equipment operating certifications for more than 17 years. We’ve never had a dissatisfied student! The key to our longtime success is our communication and teaching style. Learning how to operate a crane is not something that can be done just by reading a book. Instructor Bud Wilson has been a crane operator for many years and can communicate to his students using terminology that they can understand in ways that make learning much easier. Bud Wilson talks to students as a crane operator because our students are just that; crane operators.

Highlights of Qualification

35+ years as a crane operator with an accident-free work history. Trained and certified (hands-on and classroom) Operators for companies such as Duke Power, Mobile Oil, Martin Marietta and Alyeska Pipeline Service Company, Halliburton, SDGVE, Sempra Utilities, Boeing, Hawaiian Electric, Amron International. Possess extensive knowledge of OSHA & ANSI/ASME regulations governing lift equipment. Established reputation for the ability to communicate with operators. Talent for creating a stimulating, challenging, learning environment.

Certification

Qualified under ASME B30.5 as a qualified person who, by extensive knowledge, training, and experience, has successfully demonstrated the ability to solve or resolve problems relating to the subject matter and work.

National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators

Certified as a Practical Examiner

Certified by the NCCCO as a Crane Operator holding all Mobile Crane Certification Designations

Professional Experience

2002 to Present, The Crane School, DeLand, FL President

Prepare Operators to take the National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO) – Written exam, including testing Operators with the practical operating exam.

Safety Classes on correct rigging procedures, job site considerations, power line awareness, the importance of proper record keeping, and other crane safety-related programs

1991-1993, The Crane School, Orlando, FL

1989-1990, Brasfield & Gorrie, Orlando, FL

Operator – 4000 Tower Set pre-cast and architectural stones, poured concrete, construction crane operations

1988-1989, David Jones Builders, Inc., Delray, FL

Operator – 50 Ton P&H R.T., 70 Ton Crawler

Placement of forms, steel, concrete, etc.

1987-1988, Reynolds Electrical & Engineering Co., Inc., Las Vegas, NV

Operations Superintendent & Operator – Test Site Facility Heavy Lifts with Manitowoc 4600 Series Two-Five, Ringers, 4600 Series Five Truck Crane, 3900 W.T. Truck Crane, 300 Ton Lima Truck Crane, 4600 Series Five Lampson front end attachment.

1981-1987, Adams Cranes (Crane Rental Service), Orlando, FL

Senior Operating Engineer – Manitowoc 4100 Series Two Tower Attachment (483-foot boom and tower), 4000 Manitowoc Tower, hook work. Hydro Cranes (Grove 18-125 Ton).

1980-1981, Peter Kiewit and Son’s Construction, St. Lucie Nuclear Power Plant, Ft. Pierce, FL

Operating Engineer – Manitowoc 4600 Series Two, 4500, 4000, 90 Ton Lorain, Offshore pipe layer. Operated 86-ton hydraulic pipe trailer, pile driving.

1976-1980, Wilhoit Construction, Greenville, SC

Operator Superintendent – Heavy lifts with a variety of cranes. Traveled to various job sites.

1970-1976, Corbett Cranes (Crane Rental Company), Daytona Beach, FL

Operating Engineer – Pontaine stationary Tower Crane 160 feet of boom, 290-foot tower. Crawler cranes from 300 tons-40 tons, Hydro cranes from 75 tons-15 tons, Friction Riggs from 300 tons-30 tons. Hook work, concrete, and steel.

1968-1970, B. B. McCormick, Jacksonville, FL

Second Shift Superintendent – Six large draglines for the cooling canal at Turkey Point Nuclear plant. Sewer system pipe laying foreman, operator for draglines and pile driving.

Military

U.S. Air Force – 1955-1959 – Aircraft Engine Mechanic – Honorable Discharge

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Services Provided by The Crane School

All services are in compliance with current OSHA regulations.

Mobile Crane Operator Certification Prep Program

Includes NCCCO written and practical exams.

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Initial Mobile Crane Operator Training Program

For persons with little or no operating experience.

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Crane
Inspections

Annual, post assembly and load testing.

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Articulating Crane Operator Certification Prep Program

Includes NCCCO written and practical exams.

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Rigger Qualification / Certification Program

Includes written and practical exams.

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Signalperson Qualification / Certification Program

Includes written and practical exams.

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Managing Crane Safety Class

How to comply with OSHA regulations on your job site.

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Telehandler Operator Program

Includes written and practical exams.

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Amazing experience the instructors couldn’t have been more knowledgeable, and plenty of seat time! Highly recommend anyone coming in green or refreshing a cert to give these guys a call.

Chris Alfano3 weeks ago

Bud Wilson probably is the best instructor in the nation. We were really impressed with him.

John MoteSenna Tree Company

Had it not been for The Crane School’s preparation training, we would have never made it.

Greg PetersHuddleston Crane

As always, it was an honor and pleasure to be in Bud Wilson’s class. Thank you for your patience, knowledge, and insight. Please know that I appreciate your work and everything you do for us.

Carlos BernalSouthern California Gas