EXAMPLES OF JOB TITLES:
- Self-propelled crane operator
- Mobile crane operator
- Dragline bucket operator – crane
- Bridge crane operator
- Crane operator
- Site crane operator
- Hoisting crane operator
- Boom truck crane operator
- Gantry crane operator
- Tower crane operator
- Winch operator (except underground mining)
Crane operators perform some or all of the following duties:
- Working cranes and tower cranes to lift, move and install equipment and materials;
- Carry out pre-work inspections and calculate crane capacity and weight in anticipation of coupling and lifting;
- Operate pile-bells to drive piles into the ground to support buildings and other structures;
- Operating cranes equipped with equipment necessary for the dredging of waterways and other places;
- Operating gantry cranes to load and unload moorings;
- Operating lifting cranes used to move objects and materials into deposits;
- Operating cranes or bridge cranes to lift, move and install machinery or materials;
- Operating cranes on drilling platforms to unload and recharge refueling vessels;
- Operating cranes mounted on boats or barges to lift, move and set up equipment and materials;
- Operating dragline cranes to expose coal seams and mineral deposits in open pit mines;
- Assemble, if necessary, self-propelled cranes on site;
- Carry out routine maintenance work such as cleaning and lubricating cranes.
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:
- A high school diploma is usually required.
- A one to three year apprenticeship program
- or specialized training for crane operators, in the school or industry, is usually required.
- The Certificate of Qualification for Lifting Device Drivers is mandatory in Quebec and is offered, although voluntary, in Saskatchewan.
- The certificate of qualification is mandatory for horizontal boom crane operators in Alberta and Manitoba and is offered, although voluntary, in Saskatchewan, British Columbia, Nunavut and the Northwest Territories.
- The certificate of qualification is mandatory for operators of self-propelled cranes (8-15 tonnes) in Ontario and is offered, although voluntary, in New Brunswick.
- The certificate of qualification is mandatory for tower crane operators in Ontario, Alberta and Manitoba and is offered, although voluntary, in Newfoundland and Labrador, Saskatchewan and British Columbia.
- The Certificate of Qualification for Hydraulic Crane Operators is offered, though voluntary, in Saskatchewan and British Columbia.
- The certificate of qualification is mandatory for crane operators in Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba and Alberta and is offered, although voluntary, in the other provinces, Nunavut and the Northwest Territories.
- A provincial driver’s license may be required to allow crane operators to operate on public roads.
- The success of an internal crane review may be required by the employer.
- Trained crane operators can obtain the Red Seal.
- The experience provides access to supervisory positions.
- The Red Seal allows for interprovincial mobility.