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Become A Crane Operator

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Working As A Crane Operator

  • Controlling Machines and Processes
  • Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
  • Handling and Moving Objects
  • Getting Information
  • $51,650

    Average Salary

What Does A Crane Operator Do At General Electric

* As the Crane Operator, you will:
* Operator 72 and 275 ton gantry cranes
* Assist in the development of lift plans, lift fixtures and visual work instructions detailing all lifting and flipping operations
* Initiate all lift plans for routine and unusual lifting and flipping operations
* Perform duties with awareness to avoid dangerous situations, such as, overloading, excessive swing, sudden drops / lifts, obstruction of crane movement, etc
* Maintain a high standard of good housekeeping at workplace
* Carry out daily inspection of cranes and pre-use inspection of rigging equipment; noting any maintenance required and ensuring it is carried out
* Maintain operating logs on cranes and equipment

What Does A Crane Operator Do At I+Iconsoutheast

* Observes load hookup and determines safety of load.
* Manipulates or depresses crane controls such as pedals, levers, and buttons, to regulate speed and direction of crane and hoist movement.
* Uses hoisting attachments such as hook, sling, electromagnet, or bucket as load requires.
* Cleans and maintains crane and hoisting mechanism.
* Inspects crane for defective parts and notifies supervisor of defects or malfunctions.
* Uses critical lift plan checklist and signs off on completion

What Does A Crane Operator Do At Kinder Morgan

* Safely and efficiently operate cranes related gear to transfer materials
* Maintain and repair cranes as trained and instructed
* Assist in the troubleshooting and repair of equipment
* Assist as required in the transfer and storage of materails through the use of conveyors, rolling equipment and related equipment
* Participate in operational, safety and environmental training as assigned.
* Perform other duties as trained and instructed
* Position Requirements

What Does A Crane Operator Do At The Boeing Company

* Obtain work assignment from various sources or other accepted shop procedure.
* Inspect condition of crane, Overhead Material Handling Equipment and rigging to be used to perform work assignment.
* Report any malfunctioning or unsafe equipment.
* Check parts in work by previous shift to determine progress on a job, as required.
* Access on line computer systems to input work order requirements and initiate a pick list, for issuing material to shop.
* Obtain/receive raw material/vendor parts into MSA, unloading rail cars and/or truck trailers, placing into storage, as required.
* Issue raw material to various shop sites recording required information on work order and stamp appropriate block, as required.
* Measure spar or extrusion raw material, with a certified tape measure and cut to accurate length, using a floor mounted band saw.
* Issue item to chain line/mill, as required.
* Rig work piece for movement, using appropriate equipment and rigging, as required.
* Attach rigging to hooks on OMHE and to work piece at different intervals, using various devices, as required.
* Calculate safe load requirements prior to lift and then balance load at beginning of lift and during movement, as required.
* Plan and coordinate movement of material/part with other crane operators and shop personnel, to minimize interruption of production work and optimize safety of crane operation.
* Perform lift/move, using radio control or pendant control cranes, sounding warning horn and ensuring path of travel is clear and safe.
* Work with help of crew on floor (as necessary).
* Perform crystal changes on radio control box, when using multiple bridges and cranes to complete required material/part move.
* Use hand and/or audible signals, to guide movement of cranes and their loads, as required.
* Perform various operations with material/part being moved, as required.
* Deliver material/part to various shop areas, lowering item into place and unhooking, as required.
* Work with MPRF's in the Kitting area, to hook up, move and position wing spars/wing skins into specialized kitting module transportation trailers and/or shop areas, as required.
* Perform banding of raw material/parts to pallets, using 3/8"" or 1"" steel banding machine and move, using electric stacker, as required.
* Wear personal protective equipment (PPE), during handling/pushing of raw material and/or parts into final position.
* Handle and dispose of hazardous materials in an approved manner, per Material Safety Data Sheets, as required.
* Assist new employees, to become familiar with equipment and procedures.
* Contact fellow workers, supervisor or shop personnel when assistance is needed or a problem arises.
* Boeing is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
* Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, genetic factors, military/veteran status or other characteristics protected by law

What Does A Crane Operator Do At Crane Service Inc.

* handling equipment, performing moves, collaborating with other workers, using remote consoles, lifting heavy objects, settling loads and more.
* At the core of this position, should be an operator who loves the equipment they run.
* Because the equipment needs to operate at peak performance, an operator should be familiar with the nuts and bolts of the machine - the better you know your machines the easier it is to prevent breakdowns.
* Must have NCCO endorsement.
* Must have a clean driving record.
* Criminal background okay on a case-by-case basis

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How To Become A Crane Operator

Education and training requirements vary by the occupation. Crane operators and excavating machine operators usually have several years of experience in related occupations, such as construction equipment operators or hoist or winch operators.


Although no formal education is usually required, some companies prefer material moving machine operators to have a high school diploma. For crane operators, excavating machine operators, and dredge operators, however, a high school diploma or equivalent is typically required.


Most material moving machine operators are trained on the job in less than a month. Some machines are more complex than others, such as cranes as compared with industrial trucks such as forklifts. Therefore, the amount of time spent in training will vary with the type of machine the operator is using. Learning to operate a forklift or an industrial truck in warehouses, for example, may take only a few days. Training to operate a crane for port operations may take several months. Most workers are trained by a supervisor or another experienced employee.

The International Union of Operating Engineers offers apprenticeship programs for heavy equipment operators, such as excavating machine operators or crane operators. Apprenticeships combine paid on-the-job training with technical instruction.

During their training, material moving machine operators learn a number of safety rules, many of which are standardized through the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) and the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA). Employers must certify that each operator has received the proper training. Operators who work with hazardous materials receive further specialized training.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

A number of states and several cities require crane operators to be licensed. To get a license, operators typically must complete a skills test in which they show that they can control a crane. They also must pass a written exam that tests their knowledge of safety rules and procedures. Some crane operators and industrial truck and tractor operators may obtain certification, which includes passing a written exam.

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

Crane operators and excavating machine operators usually have several years of experience working as construction equipment operators or hoist and winch operators. 

Important Qualities

Alertness. Material moving machine operators must be aware of their surroundings while operating machinery.

Hand–eye–foot coordination. Material moving machine operators should have steady hands and feet to guide and control heavy machinery precisely. They use hand controls to maneuver their machines through tight spaces, around large objects, and on uneven surfaces.

Mechanical skills. Material moving machine operators make minor adjustments to their machines and perform basic maintenance.

Visual ability. Material moving machine operators must be able to clearly see where they are driving or what they are moving. They must also watch for nearby workers, who may unknowingly be in their path.

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  • Dakota

  • Portuguese

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  • Cherokee

  • Japanese

  • Cheyenne

  • Russian

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Real Crane Operator Salaries

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Crane Operator Rubino Brothers Inc. Stamford, CT Oct 03, 2007 $39,403
Crane Operator Commercial Resins Co CO May 29, 2008 $25,044
Crane Operator Commercial Resins Co CO May 15, 2008 $25,044
Crane Operator Commercial Resins Co CO Jun 03, 2008 $25,044
Crane Operator Commercial Resins Co CO May 14, 2008 $25,044
Crane Operator Commercial Resins Co CO Feb 15, 2008 $25,044

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Top Skills for A Crane Operator


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Top Crane Operator Skills

  1. TON Cranes
  2. Safety Meetings
  3. Rough Terrain Cranes
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • wind turbines using up to 130 ton cranes
  • Participate in daily safety meetings.
  • Operated from 50 ton Rough terrain cranes to 120 Ton Rough terrain cranes.
  • Operate 80 & 100 Ton link belt crawler cranes Rig up and down oil rigs Travel to any location Worked Floors
  • Operated 65 ton Link-Belt RT, Hoist Re-Bar, and erecting steel on new construction

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