Heavy Equipment Colleges of America (HEC) has taken delivery of two Manitowoc MLC100-1 crawler cranes.

One of the 110-ton capacity (99.8-tonne) lattice boom crawler cranes was used in an assembly safety class for the students at HEC in Stonecrest, Georgia.

According to HEC president and ceo Bob Albano, students from the lattice, swing cab, fixed cab and signal and rigging courses participated, as well as students taking classes focused on heavy equipment.

The MLC100-1 purchase was part of a two-unit acquisition — the other crane went to HEC’s Oklahoma City location. The move is part of the school’s strategy to have students practice on modern cranes currently being used by contractors nationwide, giving them real-world experience, Manitowoc said.

“These two new Manitowoc MLC100-1 cranes will reinforce to prospective students that crane operator jobs nowadays are highly specialised and often quite different from outdated perceptions of the industry,” Albano said.