Mike’s seen many changes in his 45-year career
MIKE Hanchard thinks not enough is being done to teach people entering the crane industry the necessary skills and capabilities to operate advanced machinery.
Mr Hanchard, who owns Hanchard Cranes in Rocklea, Queensland and is retiring after 45 years in the industry, said crane operator tickets were able to be completed in a one-day course.
“It’s so important people have the necessary skills and capabilities and I don’t think the day’s training course delivers this – I think this is a major issue in the industry that needs to be looked at,” he said.
Mr Hanchard came into the industry as a 20-year-old working for Edi Hire, which was a division of Evans Deakin, and his interest and involvement in the industry progressed from there.
“I’ve seen so many changes in the industry over the past 47 years and it is still changing rapidly,” he said.
“I couldn’t possibly predict where it will end up in the next 10 years but we will certainly be keeping an eye from the sidelines.”
He said he would fondly remember the challenges he’d faced during his career and the relationships formed, with the mates he’d made in his 40-plus year career being one of the things he said he’d miss the most going into retirement.
Mr Hanchard said it had been an interesting time watching the industry grow, with one of the main changes being the advancement of technology and how the industry responded to that.
His first business, TAC Hire Services, ran from 1978 to 1990 and Hanchard Cranes, his second business, opened in 1997 with a 45t Kato Truck Crane and two dry hire 12t Frannas.
Mr Hanchard’s wife worked as the company secretary, his eldest daughter the office manager and his other daughter worked in administration with her sister.
As the business is closing due to Mr Hanchard’s retirement, Pickles auctioned off a number of well-maintained cranes and vehicles, including City, Franna, All Terrain, Mini and Hydraulic Truck cranes with capacities from 2.5 tonnes to 220 tonnes.
Mr Hanchard said the auction surpassed his expectations.
“It was great to catch up with a lot of old acquaintances,” he said.
Mr Hanchard said he was looking forward to travelling, relaxing and “enjoying having time to do the things I want” in his retirement.
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Pickles auctioned off a number of cranes and trucks as Mike Hanchard goes into retirement.