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Discussion in 'Cranes' started by crane operator, Aug 20, 2016.

  1. Tradesman

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    Looks like you hit the mark with the Liebherr. do you have someone running it or is it your baby?
     
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    I've been running it myself. Its hard to teach someone else how to run it if you haven't done it yourself. I could use another guy, but we've been getting everything done, we've just been doing a lot of hours and have cranes scattered everywhere.

    Right now I've just got me and another operator and a rigger/mechanic. I could really use another operator, if the right guy showed up, I'd probably hire him. But its hard in the constant up down cycle of rental to keep them paid.

    It seems like right now, its all bigger crane work. In a month the big ones will probably be setting and it will all be little crane work. The
     
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    I know what you mean with employees I could use a couple more carpenters right now but when I hire someone I feel I’ve made a long term commitment to keep the employed, so I won’t hire them away from someone else just to lay them off next fall. And any carpenter that’s not already working there’s not much chance I want him working for me.
     
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    Take out carpenter, put in mechanic, or driver, or shoot, just put in person...
     
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    Always gets me how people who have no idea of how to do your job are so ready to figure they can just reach in a pile of applications and pull out a name that will know how to do your job. And the problem is they will fall for the BS some people put in their resume. And ofcourse they will never admit they hired the wrong person!
     
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    Its kind of nice being a small operation. I don't have layers of people up or down, so I can keep a pretty good eye on things. I also really enjoy running crane. If I had 20 cranes in 3 different locations, I'd simply have to spend all my time managing. I really don't want to do that.

    A snow job doesn't really work if the boss/ hiring person knows what's going on. I can tell within about 10 minutes if someone really knows what they are doing running a crane.
     
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    I hate job interviews. Lots of people exaggerate their resumes which an intelligent interviewer will see right through but a lot of them don't. I figure if they are that good why aren't working? I'd much rather do a job test and show them what I can do than be a self proclaimed super hero on paper. Have seen a few people and wonder who they paid to do their welding tests for them.
     
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    When called on by Union Electric, had three face to face interviews, HR personnel mgr. then the Fleet department mgr. and finally a shop foreman. Had taken four written tests as to various skills levels for application acceptance that after renewing my app for seven years annually. Foreman had a box of old parts, had me ID to what purpose they were, I had seen enough of 99% of them to also ID the type machines they came off of. Final test two day practical at the shop I was to work in, given a tools to bring in list added a few of my own specialty pieces and went to work on a Monday. Met by a sub storeroom(Parts) man, a day shift working foreman and the line crew superintendent. Had coffee with all as was twenty minutes early, clocked in and set to the test jobs. At end of day of testing was explained I had completed BOTH days testing in one, had to come back the next day to NOT present a issue for the man I was going to be working with as took him five different tries and barely completed the tests in his two day trial, that and he had worked for UE for Twelve years prior to testing as a Mechanics Helper.

    Surprised everyone I could handle any posed issue with little grief if any, they were actually impressed. First month on crew had several line crews try to ask for ONLY myself to work on their machines but that was not allowed. Had several problematic machines got some well defined bugs worked out of then went to work just keeping busy. No one had ever expected self motivation, self direction from anyone off the street. Worked for one full year as a Temporary, No benefits full time employee agreed to by Union Contract then expected the lay off as was normal for that type employee, one week from my one year anniversary the shop super took vacation and did not return until I had passed thru a full year anniversary making me a full timer automatically.

    Hateful part was enjoyed the people I worked with in that headquarters. At 22 months the management for the department had a major rotation and retirement where the New guy coming in made the statement was not there to make our lives easy, was there to repair or fully kill that department. My day boss told me then and there to sign EVERY out bid sheet that came up and take the first one I got called on as this was looking bad he then retired. He was correct as after I took that bid in two months that shop as well three others were closed and those personnel either retired or laid off as were in the wrong locals to transfer elsewhere. I had moved from IBEW 309 into IUOE 148.
     
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    Hey C Op, your assistance may be needed at Lake Ozark!!!

    Two hours ago:
     
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    I haven't got the call yet, that's a little outside my regular area.

    Looks like a bad day for some boat hauler or marina's insurance company. I think he would have been fine - until he pulled the tandems down into the ditch. Sure unloaded it off the trailer fast though, it looked like he goosed the truck about when it went over and he just pulled the trailer right out from under it.
     
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    All I can say is wow. I’m not even sure where to start in all that’s done wrong there!!
     
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  12. DMiller

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    Brother sent me that, he lives down that way. Seems that was a Starter Boat for the Lake Race or Shootout, is almost $3mil sitting on the dirt.
     
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    Had to kind of laugh at the "In God We Trust" on the stern! Maybe they should have got someone else to trust with that project?
     
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    It’ll buff out!
     
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    It fell over slow so might not have too much damage. Picking it up might be fun.
     
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    New concrete plant. We offloaded this earlier this spring, they have some of the concrete down, and the scale/mixer house built.

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    Trusses and some steel posts for the back deck for some amish framers. Their scaffold on the back was impressive. The steel poles were made wrong, so several went back and forth from the front side to the back side. Went back after the welder came and modified some of them.

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    Back at the concrete plant to set the big tanks. One is a single tank, the bigger one has a divider wall in it.

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