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Crane Operator Job Description

A crane operator is a person whose job is to operate a crane to move, lift, position, or place heavy loads such as building materials, tools or equipment. A crane operator also performs routine crane inspection and maintenance work such as cleaning and lubrication.

A crane operator should be responsible, attentive, safety-conscious and careful, and have a good head for heights. They should have good eyesight and excellent driving skills. They should be aware of the lifting limits of the cranes they work with and ensure that the limits are never exceeded.

What does a Crane Operator do?

Crane operators may do some or all of the following:

Where does a Crane operator work?

Places of work for crane operators include:

Working Conditions

Crane operators may work irregular hours or on rotating shifts including evenings, nights and weekends due to weather conditions and to fit in with their employers’ business hours. They work in construction sites, warehouses, railway yards, mines, loading ports and other similar locations. Their work environment may be noisy, dirty, dusty or moody.

What is Required to Become a Crane Operator?

There are no formal educational requirements to become a crane operator as skills are learned on the job. People who are interested in the profession should enroll in an apprenticeship program.

Knowledge, Skills and Attributes

Crane operators need to have:


Alternative Careers

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