Crane Industry Services Expands Training Center, Adds Staff

CIS Training Center
Fred Robinson
Shawn Galloway

Crane Industry Services LLC (CIS) moved to a larger facility in Georgia to accommodate its growing skills assessment and training programs, as well as added two new staff members.

The new Centered on Safety Training Center is located at 2692 Hwy. 27 N, Carrollton, Georgia. The 8,892-sq.-ft. facility is situated on about 3.5 acres, convenient to the Atlanta airport, West Georgia, and Birmingham, Alabama. 

The new facility features multiple training rooms, an NCCER testing center, a simulation room, land for crane training, and two warehouses for hands-on training. Previously the Centered on Safety Training Center was located on the West Georgia Technical College campus.

“Our partnership with West Georgia Technical College continues, but this new facility allows us the space to now offer skills training in welding, electrical, millwright, and carpentry, as well as rigging and crane operation,” said Debbie Dickinson, CEO of CIS. “While CIS’s expertise is skills training for workers in construction, energy, and heavy industrial markets, our sister company Instructional Dimensions, and corporate partnership with ELA Consulting Group, also provides executive leadership training and boot camps.”

With the opening of the new facility, CIS can now offer assessment and training after hours and weekends to meet the needs of its customers.

Along with the expansion, two new staff members have joined the team—Fred Robinson, business relationship manager, and Shawn Galloway, crane and rigging trainer.

Robinson brings decades of experience in business development and leadership managing complex government service projects. His primary responsibilities include helping CIS customers receive optimal value from their CIS training. 

“Fred has a servant’s heart and is passionate about helping people do their job safely,” said Dickinson.

Galloway has more than 25 years of experience in the construction, military, and industrial sectors, and he is cleared for work in safety sensitive areas. In addition, using his previous experience writing training protocols for unmanned aerial vehicle operations in the military, including drone tactical standards for the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marines.
Galloway is applying this experience to the development of a skills measurement record for simulators in crane training.

“First, we identify the most common skills needed, and the most critical skills,” he said. “We build scenarios for the simulator based on that and write curriculum, evaluations, and metrics to measure performance specific to the utility company’s training needs.”

While the protocol would be customized to each employer and the skill level of employees, it provides a foundation for establishing how much simulator training is needed to achieve a certain skill level