Crane License Program
Before receiving a license to operate a crane,
crane operators are required to attend 40 hours of
formal classroom instruction on crane operating
safety, as outlined in the NAVFAC P-306. The
Naval Construction Training Centers (NCTC), Port
Hueneme, California, and Gulfport, Mississippi,
offer a crane school that covers the requirements of
the NAVFAC P-306. Additionally, operators who
need to renew their license and have completed the
40 hours of crane safety must attend a minimum
8-hour refresher training course on crane operator
The testing of crane operators is the direct
responsibility of the crane certifying officer and
cannot be delegated. The crane certifying officer may
be assisted in administering a performance test by the
crane test director. Performance tests are conducted,
as outlined in the NAVFAC P-306.
manufacturers manual is used to test the operator on
the operators maintenance responsibility.
The equipment officer is normally responsible for
the duties of the battalion crane certifying officer. As
outlined in the NAVFAC P-307, the crane certifying
officer must be designated in writing by the
commanding officer of the activity.
certifying officer designates in writing the crane test
A crane license is issued on the Construction
Equipment Operator License, NAVFAC 11260/2, and
will indicate the make, model, capacity, and the
attachments the operator is qualified to operate.
Operators requiring more on-the-job training with
cranes can be issued a training license for a periof of
30 days. The trainee must be under the supervision of
a qualified crane operator. The training license must
denote the make, model, capacity, and the attachment
on which the operator is to be trained.
Before you deploy, ensure that the crane crew has
several licensed crane operators.
operators will be needed to support the Battalion
Equipment Evaluation Program (BEEP) of the cranes.
The crane certifying officer designates in writing the
crane test operator and the crane test mechanic.
These positions are required for the crane certification
The crane certifying officers may also
designate an alternate crane test director, test
operator, and test maintenance backups.
Cranes are normally condition inspected, load
tested, and certified annually, as prescribed in the
NAVFAC P-307; however, in the NCF, lest
procedures for cranes are performed during the
BEEP as a joint battalion effort. Time management
is important when performing the BEEP of the
crane area of responsibility. You must remember
that the weight testing of cranes is a time-
consuming event and should be completed before
(he end of the BEEP.
The BEEP Equipment and Attachment Evaluation
Inspection Guides for cranes are issued by the
The inspections of the cranes are
performed jointly by the EOs assigned to the crane
crews. Once the EOs have completed the Equipment
and Attachment Evaluation Inspection and the paper
work is taken to the dispatcher, the crane mechanics
will jointly inspect the crane, using the inspection
The crane mechanics also have the
responsibility of performing the Crane Condition
Inspection which is documented on the Crane
Condition Inspection Record (figs. 3-1A and 3-1B).
This inspection, commonly known as the before,
during, and after inspection, is part of the crane
weight-testing procedure and can be performed at the
same time the mechanics are performing the
equipment and attachment inspection. The crane test
director is also responsible for inspecting and
reviewing the items on the Crane Condition
After the crane is released from the shop, the
crane crew supervisors have the responsibility to
prepare the crane for the weight-testing procedure.
Accomplishing the weight test for certification of the
crane is important, because the ERO for the crane
cannot be closed out until the crane is certified.
The weight testing of cranes requires the use of
big, heavy weights, a stable foundation, and an area
clear of obstructions. Some deployment sites have an
area in Alfa company with weights for the weight
testing of cranes; however, Public Works Centers
overseas normally has an area allocated for the weight
testing of cranes. They normally allow the battalions
to schedule time periods for use of this area.
When a crane has to be transported to the
weight-testing-area, the crane crew supervisors must
receive the planned travel route to determine if low
wires, low overpasses, narrow bridges, or unsafe
obstacles exist. The absolute limit of approach for