Crane Operator



There are various type of Crane Operators; Tower Cane, Mini-Tower Crane or mobile Crane. Crane Operators maintains and operates cranes that are capable of raising, lowering, or moving materials of significant weight. Tower Cranes are often used when building tall structures. Mobile Cranes are more commonly used on various job sites to lower materials into trenches.

Duties:

  • Understanding and practicing safety precautions to protect yourself and others
  • Conducting pre-operational inspections
  • Responsible for planning lifts, performing rigging and maintaining cranes

Essential Skills:

  • Reading Text
  • Document Use
  • Oral Communication
  • Measurements & Calculations
  • Critical Thinking
  • Decision Making

Skills:

  • Coordination and manual dexterity
  • The ability to work at heights
  • The strength, stamina, and ability to use proper lifting techniques to lift items weighing in excess of 25 kilograms
  • Good vision
  • The ability to work as part of a team and communicate with ground crews, usually using hand signals and voice communication

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Education:

    A high school diploma is required

Education Requirements :

  • The minimum entry for apprenticeship is grade 10, however most employers require grade 12
  • Apprenticeship: 6000 hours-5,520 hours of on-the-job and 480 hours of in-school
  • Completions of a written exam (70% pass)
  • Registration with the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities is required
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Available Programs:

  • OYAP

Program Description:

Students gain theoretical and practical skills needed to work in the construction industry, particularly in the field of hoisting. Crane Operation Rigging and Construction Techniques offers practical classes designed to prepare job-ready graduates while emphasizing job safety. The curriculum is divided into five specific areas, with two semesters spent on each area: introduction to cranes; rigging; job safety; maintenance; and tools.

Schools:

  • DURHAM COLLEGE-CRANE OPERATOR RIGGING & CONSTRUCTION TECHNIQUES

Program Description:

This program provides the fundamentals of safety, equipment characteristics, and operational practices that apply to mobile cranes. Hands-on practice to develop the skills of mobile crane operation and maintenance.   The Branch 1 (339A; 8 ton – up to unlimited tonnage) apprenticeship requires common core and an additional 3 levels of in-school advanced training. The Branch 2 (339C; 8 ton – up to and including 15 ton) apprenticeship requires only common core.

Schools:

  • OPERATING ENGINEERS INSTITUTE OF ONTARIO-MOBILE CRANE APPRENTICESHIP


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Did you know

Crane operators are essential to many different jobsites. Due to the growing complexity of modern construction and the increasing height of many contemporary buildings, these professionals are in high demand.

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The crane got its name because it resembles, in structure and shape, the long-necked, long-legged bird of the same name.

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Greeks invented cranes sometime around 500 B.C. They used them to lift heavy objects while constructing buildings and homes.

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In the first century, human or animal force was mainly used for powering the crane in order to lift heavy materials or loads

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What to Expect
Crystal Powell

Crane Operator

My father was a truck driver and I always liked being with him when he did his deliveries around our area.  He taught me to drive his truck and I liked it a lot.  He never actually told me a girl shouldn’t be driving trucks for a living but I…
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Essentials Skills
Crane Operator


  • Reading Text
  • Document Use
  • Oral Communication
  • Measurements & Calculations
  • Critical Thinking
  • Decision Making
Financial Expectation

Crane Operator

Education Roadmap

Crane Operator

Career ETA: 5 years

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