- Oil and Gas Services
- Oil sands
- High school diploma
About This Career
You do the heavy lifting, not pumping iron but lifting thousands of kilograms of it at a time – pipe spools, heat exchangers, vessels, fare stacks…if it’s large and needed for construction or operations, then the oil and gas industry needs you. You use different types of cranes or draglines to lift, move, position or place machinery, equipment and other large objects. Could you hang out in this job? If so, read on.
Crane Operators operate cranes or draglines to lift, move, position or place machinery, equipment and other large objects at construction or industrial sites.
In the cab of a crane, these operators must manipulate a number of levers and pedals to rotate and raise this giant piece of heavy equipment to lift heavy loads and accurately and safely place these into the right spot. Sometimes, they may pick up a piece of equipment and hang on to it for hours as a crew adds additional pieces to the load.
Crane Operators follow hand signals from crew members to place loads into tricky, sometimes out-of-sight target destinations. As the one at the controls, Crane Operators are also responsible for the safety of the site during lift operations. This means taking control and communicating directions to the crew.
In this occupation activities may include:
- Ensuring awareness of all site conditions that could affect crane operation (e.g., overhead power lines, workers, mobile equipment, pedestrians etc.)
- Inspecting and adjusting crane mechanisms or lifting accessories to prevent malfunctions or damage
- Inspecting cables or grappling devices for wear and installing or replacing cables
- Calculating crane capacities and weight to prepare for rigging and hoisting
- Reading and understanding load charts
- Moving levers, depressing foot pedals or turning dials to operate cranes, cherry pickers, electromagnets or other equipment for lifting, moving or placing loads
- A high school diploma (or equivalent) is typically required.
- Standard and emergency first aid
- Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS)
- Construction Safety Training System (CSTS)
- Pipeline Construction Safety Training (PCST)
- Crane Safety Certification
- Fall protection
- Completion of a one- to two-year apprenticeship program is typically required to complete Level 1 and then the Certificate of Qualification for a specific type of crane. A certified tradesperson may qualify themselves to operate more than one type of crane. Another route into apprenticeship training is a pre-apprenticeship foundation program. In most provinces, both of these routes can begin in high school
- The Red Seal endorsement is the interprovincial standard of excellence, and is available to tradespersons upon successful completion of the Red Seal examination
You use your strong leadership, hand-foot-eye coordination, depth perception, math skills, mechanical aptitude and troubleshooting abilities to get the job done. You can tolerate different paces of work and a high degree of stress as you’re responsible for a high-risk function of construction operations.
- Public safety and security
- Active listening
- Working with others
- Monitoring operations
- Attention to detail
- Critical thinking
- Maintaining equipment
- Controlling operations
- Building and construction
- Transportation and warehousing
- Mining and quarrying
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- Boom Truck Crane Operator
- Bridge Crane Operator
- Climbing Crane Operator
- Dragline Crane Operator
- Hoist Operator
- Mobile Crane Operator
- Tower Crane Operator
- Hydraulic Mobile Crane
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