Crane operators perform some or all of the following duties:
A. Operate cranes mounted on boats or barges to lift, move and place equipment and materials
B. Operate dragline cranes to expose coal seams and ore deposits at open pit mines
C. May assemble tower cranes on site
D. Perform routine maintenance work such as cleaning and lubricating cranes.
E. Operate mobile and tower cranes to lift, move, position or place equipment and materials
F. Perform pre-operational inspection, and calculate crane capacities and weight to prepare for rigging and hoisting
G. Operate pile driving cranes to drive pilings into earth to provide support for buildings and other structures
1. Construction - 30.0%
2. Primary metal manufacturing - 25.0%
3. Wholesale trade - 8.0%
4. Transportation and warehousing - 6.0%
5. Fabricated metal product manufacturing - 6.0%
1. Completion of secondary school is usually required.
2. Completion of a one- to three-year apprenticeship program or High school, college or industry courses in crane operating are usually required.
3. Trade certification as a hoist operator is compulsory in Quebec and available, but voluntary, in Saskatchewan.
4. Boom truck crane operator trade certification is compulsory in Manitoba and Alberta and available, but voluntary, in Saskatchewan, British Columbia and the Northwest Territories.
5. Mobile crane operator (8-15 tons) trade certification is compulsory in Ontario and available, but voluntary, in New Brunswick.
6. Tower crane operator trade certification is compulsory in Ontario, Manitoba and Alberta, and is available, but voluntary, in Newfoundland, Saskatchewan and British Columbia.
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The average hourly wages for Crane Operators is $21.59/HR, which is close to the average for occupations in the trades, transport and equipment operators sector and close to the average for all technical, professional, and skilled occupations. These wages grew at an average rate from 2002 to 2004.