Training is the foundation of any successful maintenance company. Engineered Systems trains their own personnel as well as facility maintenance and safety personnel, anyone who is charged with oversight of their overhead crane and hoist safety and maintenance programs.Engineered Systems, Inc. specializes in crane and hoist training, various environmental, safety and health programs, and consultation services to assist with compliance with all state, federal, and local laws and regulations and industry standards. Engineered Systems, Inc. has a state-of-the-art training facility in Duncan, SC with spacious and comfortable classroom space. 




We also have an electrical training room where you can learn to troubleshoot cranes and hoist, program inverters, and read electrical diagrams. Engineered Systems, Inc. offers training at our Duncan, SC Facility as well as on-site training conducted at your facility and can be customized to fit your particular training needs. Engineered Systems, Inc. has the capability of providing training and services in the United States, Canada, and Mexico.



Brian Payne

Director of Training Services

Lenora Brooks, ASC, PSM

Environmental Health and Safety Manager
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Jon Smith

Technical Services Manager
(800)879-7438 x3734

Ray Smerdon

Corporate Trainer
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Lynn Thomas

Corporate Trainer


Brian Payne currently serves as the Director of Training for Engineered Systems, Inc. He has been employed with Engineered Systems for 16 years and brings to the classroom experience as a field maintenance technician, Branch Service Manager, and Director of Maintenance Services. During his time in the material handling industry, Brian has worked on equipment installations, equipment modernizations, technical support, crane and hoist inspections and testing, and crane and hoist operation. Brian has developed training courses for Fall Prevention and Protection, Overhead Crane and Hoist Operator Training, Overhead Crane and Hoist Maintenance and Inspection Training, and Rigging/Signalperson Training. Brian has also served as a volunteer firefighter and has certification in OSHA Firefighter, Firefighter 1 and 2, Interior Structural Firefighting, and LP Gas Firefighting.

Lenora Brooks currently serves as the safety manager for Engineered Systems, Inc. located in Duncan, SC. Lenora has worked in both construction and general industry for over 25 years. Lenora is a former safety professional from E.I. DuPont, where she underwent intensive training in safety management from one of the world leaders. She is currently authorized as an OSHA outreach trainer and finished her Process Safety Management training at Georgia Tech, in Atlanta, GA, in March 2010. Lenora is proficient in the areas of both construction and general industry safety standards. Lenora has served as disaster captain for the American Red Cross and was part of the lead team during the 9-11 crisis. Lenora has been nominated twice for the Clara Barton National Award, to recognize her achievements while serving as Disaster Captain. Lenora spent three years serving on the board of directors for the local chapter of the American Red Cross. Lenora’s affiliations include the AMA, ADA, ARC, OSHA, ASME, ANSI and NFPA.

Jon Smith currently serves as the Technical Services Manager for Engineered Systems, Inc. Jon has been employed with Engineered Systems for 21 years, having experience across a broad spectrum of roles. He has served as an In-Shop and Field Technician, Service Manager, Technical Support, Wiring Shop Technician and Manager, Controls Design and Crane Modernization Project Manager. Jon has worked on crane and hoist installations, crane modernization projects, inspection and repairs and special projects in a managerial role. Jon has led the wiring shop standardizations and cultivated vendor relationships to enhance our customer experience by offering new technology. He trains Engineered Systems technicians on electrical basics and advanced troubleshooting.

Ray Smerdon currently serves as a Corporate Trainer for Engineered Systems. Ray has been employed with Engineered Systems for twenty years and brings experience as an Overhead Crane and Hoist Technician, Inspector, and Installer. Ray has held various roles at Engineered Systems including Inspector, Technician, Installer, Site Manager, and Territory Service Manager. Prior to Engineered Systems, Ray worked for seven years in power line construction. Ray also has experience in Heavy Equipment Operation.

Lynn Thomas has almost fifty years of experience in the crane and hoist industry. He retired after forty years from Coffing (CMCO), where he built both standard and specialty hoists, served as Sales, Service and Training Manager for twenty-eight years, and spent his last six years there as Supervisor of the Assembly Department. Lynn has been with Engineered Systems for six years working as an Inside Salesman as well as a Trainer.