Crane Operators

7371 Crane Operators

What do they do?

Crane operators operate cranes or draglines to lift, move, position or place machinery, equipment and other large objects at construction or industrial sites, ports, railway yards, surface mines and other similar locations.

They are employed by construction, industrial, mining, cargo handling and railway companies.

Example Titles: boom truck crane operator, bridge crane operator, climbing crane operator, construction crane operator, crane operator, dragline crane, gantry crane operator, hoist operator (except underground mining), mobile crane operator, tower crane operator, tractor crane operator.

Job Description

  • Operate mobile and tower cranes to lift, move, position or place equipment and materials.
  • Perform pre-operational inspection, and calculate crane capacities and weight to prepare for rigging and hoisting.
  • Operate pile driving cranes to drive pilings into earth to provide support for buildings and other structures.
  • Operate cranes equipped with dredging attachments to dredge waterways and other areas.
  • Operate gantry cranes to load and unload ship cargo at port side.
  • Operate locomotive cranes to move objects and materials at railway yards.
  • Operate bridge or overhead cranes to lift, move and place plant machinery and materials.
  • Operate offshore oil rig cranes to unload and reload supply vessels.
  • Operate cranes mounted on boats or barges to lift, move and place equipment and materials.
  • Operate dragline cranes to expose coal seams and ore deposits at open pit mines.
  • May assemble tower cranes on site.
  • Perform routine maintenance work such as cleaning and lubricating cranes.
  • Average Salary: $64,100

Employment Requirements

  • Completion of high school is usually required.
  • Completion of a 1 - 3-year apprenticeship program or high school, college or industry courses in crane operating are usually required.
  • Internal comapny certification as a crane operator may be required by some emlpoyers.

Training

  • Trade certification for crane operators is compulsory in Quebec, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Manitoba and Alberta.

  • Trade certification is available, but voluntary, in all other provinces and territories.

  • Trade certification for Tower Crane Operators is compulsory in Nova Scotia, Quebec, Ontario and Manitoba.

  • Trade certification for Tower Crane Operators is available, but voluntary, in Prince Edward Island.

  • Trade certification for Mobile Crane Operators (Hydraulic) is compulsory in Quebec.

  • Trade certification for Mobile Crane Operators (Hydraulic) is available, but voluntary, in Prince Edward Island.

  • Mobile Crane Operators may require a provincial license to drive mobile cranes on public roads.

  • Trade certification for Hoist Operators, for specified types of cranes, is compulsory in Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba, and Alberta.

  • Trade certification for Hoist Operators, for specified types of cranes, is available, but voluntary, in New Brunswick, Saskatchewan, British Columbia, the Northwest Territories, and Nunavut.

Crane and Hoist Operators operate many types of hoisting equipment to move, place and position items. Please check with SATCC or the Western Trade Training Institute for training details.