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CITC purchase new Tadano truck crane

The Construction Industry Training Centre Incorporated (CITC) recently took delivery of a Tadano GT-300EL truck crane. The purchase is designed to provide CITC staff and students access to the latest crane technology and to save on crane hire costs. The CITC is also able to employ a full-time crane operator for the crane. Simon Last, the CITC’s CEO, explains more.
CITC has purchased a brand new Tadano truck crane.

The CITC was established in 1994 as a Not-for-Profit Registered Training Organisation (RTO) to fill an educational void that then existed by providing upskilling and licencing to both traditional and non-trades employees and those wishing to be engaged in the industry, Simon said. 

“Our vision is to contribute to the positive cultural change in society through appropriate training of workers. Our intent is to maintain high quality training programs which are cost effective and tailored to meet the specific needs of our clients as well as regulatory requirements”. 

“This is particularly the case with our Licence to Operate a Slewing Mobile Crane (up to 60 tonnes) TLILIC0023, C6 course. The course content has been designed to meet the requirements of the Unit of Competency for Mobile Cranes up to 60 tonnes. This is a requirement to be completed before an assessment can be conducted for the High-Risk Work Licence – which, in this case, is the C6 class,” said Simon.

“We are training people who have been involved in the industry and worked alongside the crane such as Dogmen and Riggers who wish to upgrade and upskill their abilities and we are also attracting people who wish to gain employment within the industry”.

“The course allows an individual to operate a mobile slewing crane up to 60-tonne capacity without direct supervision. This is then followed up within the individual’s workplace with plant-specific training as required by the legislation to ensure competence,” said Simon.

Buying the Tadano GT-300EL Truck Crane was an important move for the CITC, Simon said.

“We purchased the Tadano to enable our staff and students to have access to the latest crane technology. The purchase also saves on hire costs, and we are able to employ a full-time crane driver at the CITC. Prior to purchasing the Tadano we would hire a crane and driver to undertake the training. 

“Tadano is a well-known and respected brand within the crane industry. Fortunately for the CITC, we had the opportunity to work with the same model crane that we had hired previously for training purposes. Tadano is one of the best and most reliable brands on the market and we wanted the best for our staff and students,” said Simon.

CITC has purchased a brand new Tadano truck crane.
The Tadano GT-300EL Truck Crane is a high-quality truck crane with outstanding mobility with a dependable Japanese design you can trust. Image: CITC

The Tadano GT-300EL Truck Crane is built for mobility – created for worksites and jobs requiring long-distance travel, with simple operator functions for easy use. 

The GT-300EL features both Eco Mode and Positive Control systems, a high tensile four-stage boom and a two-stage underslung jib that makes installation in narrow spaces possible. From the very beginning, Simon said that CITC’s experience with Tadano was a positive one.

“The service from the Tadano team, from start to finish was first class. Steve Lazenby and his team were great to deal with and we cannot speak more highly of them. Being a Not-for-Profit industry training organisation, it is important that we minimise the costs on plant and equipment and Steve worked hard to get us the best deal possible.”

“It is a significant investment for the CITC, but it’s an investment which will benefit all involved including our staff and our students. Now, we are able to manage the usage of the crane at the CITC and the fact that the Tadano brand holds their resale value extremely well, we will be well positioned for potential upgrades in the future,” said Simon.

Simon explained more about the C6 course.

“The C6 certification course is nationally recognised and, on successful completion, a student obtains a Statement of Attainment and then is assessed separately for a High Risk Work Licence from SafeWork SA, which is a part of the course itself. The course runs for 40 hours/5 days,” he said.

The CITC currently has five trainers who are SafeWork SA Accredited Assessors for this class. 

“All of our trainers are very experienced having spent many years working predominately within the construction industry with all existing registered assessors holding a higher crane licence such as C1 (up to 100-tonne) or C0 (open crane). 

“They are regularly exposed to current industry changes and regulatory requirements which have them at the forefront of training and work practices for our industry,” said Simon.

Subjects in the course include:

   Plan for the work/task

   Prepare for the work/task

   Perform the work/task

   Pack up and secure 

“Most of our participants are from the Adelaide metropolitan area and regional South Australia.

“ A number of larger companies use our services exclusively and we also have a number of students from interstate and occasionally we have international students attend the course due to the reputation of our trainers and the content of the course we deliver,” said Simon. 

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