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What is the Crane Rodeo?

The MCM & CIC Crane Operator Rodeo, now in its third year, was developed by Maximum Capacity Media, publisher of Crane & Rigging Hot Line magazine, and Crane Institute Certification, a nationally accredited crane operator certification provider, to underscore the need for safe crane operation, which can only be achieved through training and experience.
Working with Regional Qualifying Rodeo hosts in cities across North America, the MCM & CIC Crane Operator Rodeo—the only crane operator recognition program of this scale in North America—is able to introduce young people to crane operation as a profession, and educate local governments and businesses about the role training, experience, and certification plays in safe crane operation. 

Crane Operator Skills Competition
Each regional event will host a skills competition.  CIC has designed the operator test course and contest standards, which includes placing the crane’s headache ball into barrels without landing the ball or hitting any barrels, maneuvering 55-gallon drums full of water through a barrel-lined obstacle course, and raising a 10-foot pipe laying on the ground to a vertical position then placing it between a set of cones. Each test will be timed and monitored by the judges for load control, depth perception, and accuracy. Operators will use a swing-cab style mobile crane with the boom extended approximately 70 feet.  Jim Headley, President and Director of Crane Institute of America, a training services provider based in Sanford, Fla., and CIC Governing Committee member, will oversee the setup and judging at each of the summer Regional Qualifying Rodeos.

The top two operators at each Regional Qualifying Rodeo will advance to the National Championship, which will take place at ConExpo 2014.  Register today to compete!

Crane Rodeo Objectives

  • Underscore the need for safe crane operation, which can only be achieved through training and experience.
  • Increase awareness of the pending OSHA requirements for crane operators to be certified by type and capacity.
  • Raise the stature and visibility of crane operation as a profession.
  • Recognize operators for achieving the skills required to be successful.
  • Provide positive publicity for the crane and rigging industry.