The first Lift & Move USA event – held 16-17 June, 2015 in Chicago – attracted more than 140 attendees including students, apprentices and veterans, all interested in learning more about careers in the crane, rigging and specialized transport industry.
Planning work is now underway on future Lift & Move events, with an announcement likely soon on the location and timing of the second event.
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Two-day careers event
Hotel: Chicago Marriott Midway
6520 South Cicero Avenue
Chicago, IL 60638
June 16-17 2015
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Registration, Coffee & Pastries
Joel Oliva & John Skelly
1:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Introduction to the Industry that “Moves the World”
Speaker: Joel Dandrea, SC&RA
1:30 pm – 1:45 pm
A to Z Jobs in the Industry
The crane, rigging and specialized transportation industries require a wide range of employees, from welders, mechanics, equipment operators to accountants and sales representatives. This session focuses on some of the unique positions available for individuals entering the industry and describes qualification requirements, typical career paths, and expected salary levels.
Speaker: Courtney Lockwood, Bengal
1:45 pm – 2:00 pm
Most Wanted: Identifying the Skills Gap
What technical and trade skills do companies in this industry seek, and how are companies, educational institutions and government bodies working together to help fill that need? This presentation will help you grasp the scope of the industry needs and where you might fit best as you look into training and certification for a career in the industry.
Speaker: Brent Kindred, Wisconsin SkillsUSA
2:00 pm – 2:15 pm
How to Outshine the Competition
A big job interview, or the first day in a new job, can be daunting and sometimes Mom and Dad just don’t have the right advice. Hear from a recent grad (we use that term loosely) on how to prepare for interviews, what employers look for in a resume and a few basic tips to get you noticed. Chad will also discuss what expectations companies may have that vary from other industries. The presentation will tell you what to expect, and just as important, what your employer or potential employer will be looking for.
Speaker: Chad Pingel, Manitowoc
2:15 pm – 2:30 pm
Industry Certification and Education Overview
In an industry closely monitored by federal regulations, certification and proper training play a large role in your hireability and career path trajectory. Graham will touch on the various types of certifications required in the crane industry, what standards exist for training and qualification and why companies hire candidates who have been certified.
Speaker: Graham Brent, National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO)
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Tradeshow Break & Refreshments
This is your opportunity to meet face-to-face with people in the industry. Ask questions about job opportunities, certifications needed, projects and more!
3:30 pm – 3:50 pm
Crane Project: Innovation on the Wind Farm
Some projects place extreme demands on companies to design and create new equipment, work within a narrow scope or accomplish the impossible. In this presentation, you will see why companies in this industry are known for their ingenuity and problem solving. The job Barnhart was hired to complete required the replacement of a damaged blade on a wind turbine – a very costly endeavor when you’re dealing with three 153 feet long blades weighing close to 300,000 pounds including the rotor assembly. Find out how they did it in a non-traditional way reducing damage to the crops, number of crew and saved the customer more than $150,000!
Speaker: Bill Tierney, Jr., Barnhart
3:50 pm – 4:05 pm
Direct From the Crane Cab
When you are operating a multi-million dollar crane you often find yourself at the heart of important and challenging projects. In this session, a young crane operator, Bob Kaleta, explains what it is like to be the lynchpin on a jobsite and how to balance the twin requirements of productivity and safety.
Speaker: Bob Kaleta, Imperial Crane Services, Inc.
4:05 pm - 4:20 pm
On Route from Point A to Point B
Two young crane company employees give a first-hand account of how their careers have progressed while working with one of the largest crane owners in North America. For Brian, it has been about graduating from the cab of a 900 ton crane to working in a sales capacity, and for Chad, it’s about how he became responsible for working with major clients managing complex industrial projects.
Speakers: Brian Meek and Chad Rados, All Erection Crane Rental
4:30 pm – 5:15 pm
Bus Transportation to Evening Reception
5:30 pm – 9:00 pm
BBQ Reception & Facility Tour (Transportation Provided)
All attendees are invited to attend the evening reception at Imperial Crane Service’s crane yard and offices. You will have the opportunity to tour the CAD department, view cranes on display and even sit in a crane cab. There will also be the speakers from the sessions on-hand to answer questions as well as hands-on demonstrations, crane and truck simulators.
Buses leave from 4:30 pm. Buses will begin returning at 8:00pm and loop until 9:15pm.
Transportation provided courtesy of Chicagoland Crane Association
Wednesday, June 17
8:00 am – 9:00 am
9:00 am – 9:20 am
Part of a Family
The crane, rigging and specialized transport industry is home to a very diverse range of companies, from small family-owned companies to multinational players. This session highlights the opportunities offered by these different types of companies, whether you favor the ‘family’ feel of a small, entrepreneurial workplace or the corporate world with the industry’s largest companies.
Speaker: Jennifer Gabel, JK Crane
9:20 am – 9:35 am
Getting Hooked: The Industry from a Manufacturer’s Perspective
Growing up in small town Iowa, Jamie never pictured herself working with heavy equipment or traveling the world. She soon found herself hooked. Learn about Jamie’s career path and other opportunities available with a crane manufacturer.
Speaker: Jamie Harthoorn, Associate Marketing Manager, Terex Cranes
9:35 am – 9:55 am
Specialized Transportation Project: Offshore Platform Transport
How do you load two massive and extremely heavy offshore platforms onto barges for transport to a refurbishment yard? For this project, Berard Transportation, Inc. made spectacular use of hi-tech ‘self-propelled modular transporters’ (SPMTs), one stacked on top of the other. This session will take a closer look at the project’s logistics and walk you through the challenges and hurdles that are overcome everyday by his industry.
Speaker: Brett Berard, Berard Transportation, Inc.
9:55 am – 11:00 am
Tradeshow Break & Refreshments
This is another opportunity for facetime with people in the industry. Is your interest piqued by the SPMT’s or maybe you loved getting into the cab of a crane. Talk to the people that have been in the industry about a career path and what they did to get started.
11:00 am – 11:15 am
Highlights of a Career in Heavy Haul
ALE has offices all over the world and carries out remarkable projects in countries as far apart as the US, Indonesia, South Africa and Azerbaijan. Yannick Sel, one of the company’s youngest employees, will share his story on how he got into the field and why he has a passion for the specialized transportation industry.
Speaker: Yannick Sel, ALE
11:15 am – 11:30 am
The Goldilocks Affect
Danny Gomez had a couple of starts and stops before deciding that a full-time job was what he really wanted. He started as a mechanic at Lifting Gear Hire’s Bridgeview, Illinois, location in 2008 before being promoted to the position of inside sales representative in 2012, working with contractors on equipment applications. After another promotion last year, Danny works in Florida as outside sales representative, dealing with existing customers and finding new business.
Speaker: Danny Gomez, Lifting Gear Hire
11:30 am – 11:45 am
Manufacturing: Innovators, Engineers and Dreamers
Like many people fresh out of school, Blake wasn’t sure what type of career he was seeking. After being introduced to crane manufacturing, he uncovered his passion for the industry. Get a behind the scenes look at a top crane manufacturer and learn what it takes to stay at the forefront of safety, innovation and equipment fabrication. He will share what it’s like to work in an industry that fondly refers to itself as “ big boys with big toys”.
Speaker: Blake Nommensen, Kobelco Cranes
11:45 am – 12:00 pm
Closing Remarks and Video Contest Winners
Speaker: Trevor Pease, KHL Group
Feedback from attendees of the first event in Chicago, June 2015, was overwhelmingly positive. Here is a sample of what students, veterans and others told us:
“It was excellent, well presented, and thorough. I am very glad I could make it.”
“I thought it was a great event and I was able to make some good contacts out of it.”
“We would love to see this event take place along the Gulf Coast!”
“The description of the variety of career paths available in the industry was the most helpful - no one session was most impressive, it was the sum of the parts that made the whole so much the greater.”
“I was very happy that I had the day in my schedule to attend Lift and Move USA in Chicago…Thanks to the SC&RA and Lift & Move USA for this event, and oh, what a great location!”
Click below to view some of the fantastic 30 second videos made by attendees at the first event in Chicago!
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Courtney Lockwood has been working for more than seven years in recruitment for the construction industry and the crane and specialized transport industry. She started her career as a recruiter at Excel USA, a major contractor in Louisiana, and is now recruiting manager at Bengal, one of the biggest crane and transport companies in the state.
Brent Kindred is an authority on the requirements for skilled workers in the USA economy. As Wisconsin state director of SkillsUSA, and a member of the board of directors of SkillsUSA, he helps inform teachers, students and institutions about the opportunities and challenges of creating tomorrow’s workforce. SkillsUSA is the national organization that helps students prepare for careers in technical, skilled and service occupations. More than 300,000 students and teachers join the organization each year.
Pingel has worked in the crane industry since leaving full-time education in 2007. He joined Manitowoc Crane Group in May 2007 as a new product development engineer, helping design Manitowoc’s next generation of cranes. Since April 2013 he has been Manitowoc’s manager field service – lattice cranes.
National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO)
Graham Brent has almost 20 years’ experience in personnel certification program management. As the CEO of the National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO), he has helped grow the Commission into a $6 million organization providing certifications for over 20 construction-related activities. Graham is a founding member of ANSI’s Personnel Certification Accreditation Committee, and has assisted in the preparation of US and international training and technical standards.
Bill Tierney, Jr.,
Bill Tierney has been involved in the rigging industry since graduating from Loras College (Dubuque, IA) in 1999. Since that time, Bill has worked for a rigging hardware manufacturer (Chicago Hardware & Fixture Co), a rigging supply house (John Sakash Co), and now one of the USA’s largest engineered heavy lift rigging and transport companies (Barnhart Crane & Rigging). Currently with Barnhart Crane & Rigging and with his two past employers, Bill has worked in many different markets relating to rigging and transport: Nuclear, Chemical & Refining, Fossil Power, Accelerated Bridge Construction, Steel, and Wind. Born and raised in the Chicagoland area, Bill currently lives in the western suburbs of Chicago with his wife of 12 years, Jill, and their three children Grace, Billy, & Lucy.
Imperial Crane Services, Inc.
Bob Kaleta has worked with Chicago-based Imperial Crane Services for more than 25 years and is one of the company’s senior crane operators, responsible for operating some of the company’s largest cranes on important projects.
Brian Meek and Chad Rados,
All Erection Crane Rental
Chad Rados is industrial project coordinator at Central Rent-A-Crane, part of the ALL Family of companies. Based in Hammond, Indiana, he is responsible for some of Central’s major projects with industrial clients. Chad celebrates 20 years with the company later this year. His co-speaker is Brian Meek, a sales representative with ALL Erection and Crane Rental, another ALL Family company. Brian started his career in cranes working on dredging operations for MCM Marine, before joining ALL Erection in 2004 as a crane operator, where he worked on cranes of up to 900 ton capacity. In August last year he shifted to a sales role, as sales representative, based in Independence, Ohio.
Jennifer Gabel is the manager and owner of JK Crane, a crane rental company based in New Jersey, servicing the NYC Metro area. Jennifer began her career in the beauty industry, where she learned managerial, leadership and nail painting skills. In 2005, she purchased a crane company with her family and gradually bought out their interests to form JK Crane.
Associate Marketing Manager, Terex Cranes
Jamie Harthoorn received a bachelor of arts in marketing from the University of Northern Iowa in 2012. While attending the university, she started a marketing internship at Terex Cranes and found a passion for the crane industry. After graduating in 2012, she started full time at Terex Cranes as a Marketing Specialist and quickly began traveling. Now Associate Marketing Manager, Jamie focuses on brand communication and product marketing for cranes worldwide with a focus on strategy in North America.
Berard Transportation, Inc.
Based in New Iberia, Louisiana, Brett Berard is vice president of operations at Berard Transportation. He joined the family firm in January 2007 and since then has been involved in a wide range of specialized transportation projects, working with heavy lift cranes, specialist transport equipment and jacking systems.
Yannick Sel, who is based in Antwerp, Belgium, is senior sales manager – global projects division at ALE. ALE is one of the biggest specialized transport companies in the world. After a number of internships, Yannick began his working life with Aviapartners, supervising the loading and unloading of aircraft at Brussels Airport, before moving to Omron Electronics as a field sales engineer. He then spent four years working as an area sales manager with crane and transport company Sarens, before joining ALE in July last year. He has masters degrees in engineering and general management.
Lifting Gear Hire
After high school, Danny Gomez began studying for a degree in business administration, then switched to criminal justice, before deciding to find a full-time job instead. In 2008, he was accepted into the local Carpenters apprentice program, but unfortunately, the job market was declining and his timing was off. Shortly after, he found Lifting Gear Hire and took a position as a mechanic and technician, inspecting and repairing hoists, winches and other related equipment. In 2012, he was offered an opportunity to become an Inside Sales Representative, working with contractors on equipment needs and applications. He was promoted again last year, and now works as an outside Rental Representative with Lifting Gear Hire, servicing the central Florida region. He uses his knowledge and skills every day to assist contractors.
Kobelco Cranes North America
Blake Nommensen was born and raised in Houston, Texas but currently lives in Atlanta, Georgia. Blake attended the University of Alabama and graduated with a business degree in 2011. Blake is the Eastern Region Sales Representative for Kobelco Cranes North America, where he has worked for 3 years.