Crane operators work on cranes or draglines to lift, move, position or place machinery, equipment and other large objects. They can work at construction or industrial sites, ports, railway yards, surface mines or other similar locations. There are three main types of cranes (boom trucks, mobile cranes and tower cranes) and various other types one can specialize in.
Usually high school, college or industry courses in crane operating to be eligible for certification.
Apprenticeship Program: 1 to 3 years, includes technical training, on-the-job training and exam. Journeyperson certificate awarded after successful completion. As an apprentice, you also earn while you learn. Note: Trade certification is compulsory in Manitoba to be a Mobile Crane Operator, Tower Crane Operator or Hoist Operator for specified types of cranes.
(technical training and on the job)
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You have a keen awareness of safety and surrounding areas.
You have good attention to detail and coordination.
You have strong communication skills and are a team player.
There are opportunities to learn and operate a variety of crane types or to specialize in one. Almost all operators work within a team.
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