Crane Operator

WHAT YOU DO

Soar above construction sites and cityscapes to perform delicate procedures from the driver’s seat of a tower crane.

You’ll make heavy lifting look easy as you hoist up to 80 tonnes of materials to and from building sites with confidence.

As a Crane Operator, you’ll manage everything to do with crane work including planning the lift, setting up the crane, and taking the crane down again when you’re done. You’re the hired Hulk of a job, but with the calm composure of an expert operator.


WHAT YOU LEARN

  • How to use rigging hardware and tools in the workplace
  • How to interpret load charts and drawings
  • How to assemble, operate, and disassemble a crane
  • How to conduct a site assessment and safely position a crane and boom truck

WHO YOU WORK FOR

As a Crane Operator, you can work for construction, industrial, mining, cargo handling, and even railway companies and contractors. Though the crane is typically outdoors, you’ll be working inside a covered control cab.

Types of Workplaces

  • Construction sites
  • Railway and shipping yards
  • Resource industry locations

WHO YOU’LL WORK WITH

You’ll be paired with a Red Seal Crane Operator who can help you communicate clearly with the ground crew, interpret hand and radio signals, properly calculate loads, and operate the crane while keeping safety top of mind.

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Operators are

CALM, CAREFUL, CONFIDENT, COORDINATED, DECISIVE

Critical Skills

  • Workplace Safety
  • Excellent Driving Skills
  • Hand-eye Coordination
  • Radio and Hand Communication Skills

Earn

$65K annually
$22.00 - $50.00 hourly

Work

  • 40
  • hours per week
    weekdays and overtime

A day in the life of a trade apprentice

An Operator's Story

Jordan Smith

Mobile Crane Operator

Nanaimo, BC

How to get started

ITA Youth Trade Programs let you get started in a trade while you’re still in high school. That means you could be working in your field, learning from experts and earning a paycheque — all before you graduate.