Manitowoc Offers New E-training Courses

Manitowoc Crane CARE recently added three new modules to its popular E-training program. Basic courses on mechanical systems, pneumatics, and AC/DC drives and motors are now available online. The three new offerings join the mobile hydraulic and mobile electric courses previously available.

According to John Alexander, Manitowoc Crane CARE’s director of training and technical publications for the Americas region, all five of these basic courses will provide an excellent starting point for more crane-specific training in hands-on factory courses. The basic skills taught in these courses are applicable to all types of equipment and not just cranes.

“These E-Training courses are a cost effective way of building basic knowledge,” Alexander said. “When students attend our full factory level course with this basic knowledge, our trainers can focus more on teaching with actual cranes, test benches and simulators rather than taking time to teach the basics of mechanical power transmission or pneumatics.”

The basic mechanical course will give students a broad-based view of the physics, schematics, and systems design associated with mechanical power transmission. Specific topics include: linear actuators, clutches, brakes, bearings, gears and drives.

The pneumatics course focuses on the basics associated with pneumatic and fluid power systems. Students will learn about compressors, air dryers, actuators and airline conductors. They will see how air can transfer energy through vacuum, distribution and directional controls.

The AC/DC drives and motors module will help students understand how electrical motors and drives work with each other and other systems.

The fee for each of the five E-training modules is $175. Courses are available in English and additional versions in Spanish, Portuguese, French, German, Italian and Chinese will be available soon. Prospective students may register by visiting the Crane CARE website at

The Manitowoc Co., Manitowoc, Wis., is a global provider of lifting equipment for the global construction industry, including lattice-boom cranes, tower cranes, mobile telescopic cranes and boom trucks.

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