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Overview of Electric Overhead Traveling (EOT) Cranes

COURSE NO: D06-003
Overview of Electric Overhead Traveling (EOT) Cranes
Course Highlights

This online engineering PDH course presents an overview of electric overhead traveling cranes, discusses the mechanical aspects of the appropriate selection, and includes civil, structural and electric design parameters.


A crane is a machine that lifts, lowers and moves load horizontally. By construction, cranes are divided into the overhead and gantry cranes. An overhead crane, also known as a bridge crane, is a type of crane where the hook and line mechanism run along a horizontal beam that travels on two widely separated rails. Often, it is in a factory building and runs along rails mounted on two long walls. A gantry crane is similar to an overhead crane, except that the bridge carrying the trolley is rigidly supported on two or more legs moving on fixed rails embedded in the floor.


Overhead traveling cranes are also available in various configurations. The two main categorizations are top-running versus under-running bridge cranes and single-girder versus double-girder bridge cranes. A crane travel is directed by an operator, either manually or with a wired pendant station or wireless controls that guide their electric- or pneumatic-powered travel. Typical uses include multi-directional movement of materials through the production process, support manufacturing, transporting heavy items to and from storage areas, and loading or unloading activities inside a warehouse or onto open trailers or railcars.


This 6 PDH online course is applicable to mechanical engineers, electrical engineers, structural engineers, construction engineers, factory and workshop operators, supervisors, O&M professionals, facility managers, estimators and general audience seeking to gain a better understanding of electric overhead traveling cranes. No specific prerequisite training or experience is required.

Learning Objectives

This PE continuing education course is intended to provide you with the following specific knowledge and skills:

  • Learning about various types of overhead cranes
  • Describing the components and terminology of overhead cranes
  • Understanding crane duty groups and service classifications such as CMAA, HMI/ASME, FEM and ISO
  • Learning about the various types of hoists, their application and safety features
  • Learning about the various types of loads (forces) on the crane runway girder and the building structure
  • Understanding the methods of crane electrification including festoon systems
  • Learning about the types of motors and enclosures based on NEMA standards
  • Understanding the electrical grounding requirements per NEC and the control systems
  • Understanding the standard specifications covering mechanical, structural, and electrical requirements
  • Understanding the key crane inspection and testing requirements as specified by OSHA
Course Document

In this professional engineering CEU course, you need to review the course document titled, "Overview of Electric Overhead Traveling (EOT) Cranes".

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Overview of Electric Overhead (EOT) Cranes (3 MB)
Course Quiz
Once you complete your course review, you need to take a multiple-choice quiz consisting of thirty (30) questions to earn 6 PDH credits. The quiz will be based on the entire course document.
The minimum passing score is 70%. There is no time limit on the quiz, and you can take it multiple times until you pass at no additional cost.
Certificate of Completion

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