In-Plant Cranes, Hoists and Lifting Devices - Types, Components, Inspection, Operation and Safety

Online /
Feb 17 - 18, 2022 /
Course Code: 12-0210-ONL22

  • Overview
  • Syllabus
  • Instructor


Please note, This instructor-led course has specific dates and times:
This course is held online over 2 days on the following schedule (All times in Eastern Time Zone):

9:30 am to 5:30 pm Eastern (Will include the usual breaks)

After attending the course, you will be able to:

  • Have an overall understanding of the various types of in-plant cranes
  • Become familiar with the different types of crane lifting attachments
  • Have a fundamental understanding of the structural, mechanical and electrical components of a crane
  • Appreciate the safety requirements associated with the use of cranes and lifting devices

Most industrial facilities employ cranes and lifting devices as part of their normal operations. An understanding of the various equipment types, along with their usage and operation, are essential from a safety and maintenance point of view as well as for overall plant efficiency.

This course describes the various types and uses of cranes, hoists, and lifting devices available to industrial, commercial and institutional facilities. The inspection and testing of cranes will be addressed and the structural, mechanical and electrical components of a crane will be presented. Inspection, repair, and operational safety aspects will also be discussed.

Course Outline

  • Types of cranes and hoists
  • Crane structural components
  • Crane mechanical components
  • Crane electrical components
  • Overhead crane runways
  • Lifting attachments and equipment
  • Ropes
  • Crane inspection, repair and testing
  • Crane safety aspects

Who Should Attend
Mechanical Engineers • Technicians • Plant and Facility Managers • Supervisors • Operations and Maintenance personnel • Stationary Engineers • Consultants and Contractors

More Information

Time: 9:30 AM - 5:30 PM Eastern Time

Please note: You can check other time zones here.


Day - 1

Welcome, Introduction, Course Preview, Learning Outcomes and the Assessment Method

Types of Cranes and Hoists

  • Terms and definitions
  • Bridge cranes
  • Gantry cranes
  • Mobile frames
  • Jib cranes
  • Monorails
  • Hoists
  • Explosion proof cranes and hoists
  • Cranes in harsh environments
  • Crane duty classifications
  • Selecting and specifying a crane

Crane Structural Components

  • Strength of materials
  • Design considerations
  • Welding

Crane Mechanical Components

  • Shafts and couplings
  • Gearing
  • Bearings
  • Brakes
  • Hook blocks
  • Rope drums

Crane Electrical Components

  • Enclosures
  • Motors
  • Variable frequency drives
  • Controls
  • Limit switches
  • Conductors

Day - 2

Overhead Crane Runways

  • Stops and bumpers
  • Alignment requirements
  • Inspection plots

Lifting Attachments and Equipment

  • Spreader bars
  • Tag lines
  • Slings
  • Miscellaneous lifting devices: hooks, shackles, eye bolts
  • Magnets
  • Vacuum lifters


  • Reeving
  • Terms and definitions
  • Patterns
  • Lay
  • End fittings
  • Inspection

Crane Inspection, Repair and Testing

  • Crane inspector and maintainer qualifications for overhead and gantry cranes
  • Daily or shift operator checks
  • Operational inspection requirements
  • Periodic inspection requirements
  • Inspection of overhead and gantry crane components: structural, mechanical and electrical
  • Inspection of hoists, mobile frames and jib cranes
  • Crane repair and testing
  • Documentation and log books

Crane Safety Aspects

  • Hand signals
  • Supervisors responsibilities
  • Operators’ and Riggers’ responsibilities
  • Lifting practices
  • Maintainers and other plant workers responsibilities
  • General
  • Consequences of code violations
  • Example of crane incidents

Summary and Final Adjournment


Mike Ivanovic, Ph.D.

Dr. Mike Ivanovic is President of UBAMIP Consulting, and also a former Adjunct Associate Professor at U of Toronto.

After working in the consulting group of ANSYS Canada Ltd., he now runs the private consulting company UBAMIP Consulting in Waterloo.

Mike has been very active in providing training courses of various levels of complexity for professionals in industry in Canada, USA and overseas.

His area of professional expertise has been the analysis and problem solving in operation of pressure systems, specifically of stationary components such as pressure vessels, storage tanks and piping systems, together with rotating machinery, such as pumps, compressors and turbines, in the process and petrochemical industry.

Technical consulting projects also included design, operation and maintenance of various thermal engineering components, such as heat exchangers and industrial heaters.

The focus in most of the projects has been on the equipment optimization, combined with the risk assessment and failure prevention technologies based on fitness for service studies and remaining life analysis.

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Fee & Credits

$1295 + taxes

  • 1.4 Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
  • 14 Professional Development Hours (PDHs)
  • ECAA Annual Professional Development Points

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