Dave began his career November 7, 1978 at Columbus McKinnon in Abingdon, Virginia at the hoist manufacturing plant. His tenure included 20 years of hoist manufacturing before moving to the Damascus, Virginia Facility and served as a Product Design Engineer Technician and Product Engineering for another 10 years. He finished out his career at CM as Global Entertainment Product Trainer. Dave has traveled well over a million miles teaching tens of thousands of students on six of the seven continents and has earned the respect of the ET Market.
Dave is an ETCP Recognized Trainer and the company has been approved as an ETCP Recognized Training Program. Attendees who are ETCP Certified will receive 1 credit per hour of training.
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After 41+ years in the industry, it was time to have a company that we call our own. Now, we choose where we go and how we spread our passion for safety by helping others on a more personal basis.
No company knows the chain hoist market better. Implementing safe practices with all aspects of hoist management is what we do. Period.
I wanted to share my appreciation for the extremely informative and useful motor training course. The details were put into as close to laymen's terms as possible, which made it much more accessible to the uninformed beginner. The challenge of doing it via Zoom must have been pretty big, but you've done a fantastic job. Thanks again.
Geoff Pender, School Attendee
With his years of manufacturing and training experience Dave has an unparalleled background in the entertainment hoist industry. His down to earth attitude and engaging teaching methods make Dave's classes both enlightening and entertaining
Jon Lenard Electronics Division Manager Applied Electronics
Dave Carmack has provided training for our students at UNC School of the Arts on several occasions over the years. Each experience was rewarding for our students. Dave is a true master of his field of expertise, and gets his message across personably and effectively.
Professor at UNC School of the Arts
I have had the opportunity to teach alongside Dave on several occasions and it has always been a pleasure. His students enjoy the class, and more importantly, they get an invaluable learning experience. Dave trained our certified motor technicians at XSF and I would recommend him to anyone seeking expert training.
There is no one that understands both the mechanical and electrical components of chain hoists as well as David Carmack. His workshops are both incredibly informative (detailed PowerPoints and descriptions) and entertaining at the same time. He is also one of the friendliest and most patient people you will ever meet.
We have hosted multiple training sessions with Dave Carmack as the instructor.
His knowledge of the components, functionality, and proper applications of electric chain hoists is mind boggling.
When teaching, Dave is understandable, approachable, and truly concerned with students’ ability to understand the material.
An absolute pleasure to work with, we look forward to hosting Dave at our warehouse again soon.
Account Manager, Fantasee Lighting
Dave’s teaching style is second to none. He presents his classes in a unique way that makes it fun and interesting. From electrical theory and the mechanical design all the way through to preventative maintenance and full rebuilds, Nobody does it better. Put your trust in Dave’s ability to train your staff.
When it comes to chain hoist training there is only one option for me. Dave Carmack has forgotten more about chain hoists than most will ever know. However, it is not just about understanding the hoists. Dave also understands how the hoists work within the Entertainment Industry and more importantly how the Entertainment Industry works with and affects the hoists. Whether you’re an industry vet or just starting out, Dave can provide you education that you will not find anywhere else.
V.P. of Sales
Applied Truss and Electronics
I have had the pleasure of working with Dave Carmack on more occasions than I can remember. He is such a talented instructor, and you can see that he truly loves teaching people. He is able to connect with people in a way that actually helps them learn very complicated concepts that deal with hoists. Dave has decades of experience in the industry and it shows in his teaching.
--Eric Rouse, ETCP Recognized Trainer & Director of Training and Rigging - Entertainment Technical Training Center
The man, the myth, the legend: This man is the BEST electric chain hoist instructor.
--Siobhan Gee, ETCP Certified Rigger
I am excited to what Dave is offering next, I feel blessed to have a class with him".
--Brook Nichols, ETCP Certified Rigger and Technical Director - Denver Center of the Arts
Well done David !!! You have bags and bags of experience, and so much to teach about chain hoists and motors. Congratulations on your new adventure.
--ManKaran Signh, Technical Director at MEN AT WORK , Chennai, India
"Dave's work with us was magic, complete magic."
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Countries I’ve taught in.
Belgium South Africa
Belize South Korea
Trinidad and Tobago