About This Career
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 below.
Education: A high school diploma (or equivalent) is typically required.
Employment: This occupation is found in both onshore and offshore environments and is typically employed in the oil sands and oil and gas services sectors of the oil and gas industry.
Example titles: Boom Truck Crane Operator, Bridge Crane Operator, Climbing Crane Operator, Dragline Crane Operator, Hoist Operator, Mobile Crane Operator, Tower Crane Operator, Hydraulic Mobile Crane
- Supervisory positions
As Canada prepares for the launch of a liquefied natural gas (LNG) sector, this occupation will play a key role in:
- Off-site fabrication
- LNG export facility construction
- Natural gas pipeline construction
- Oil and gas services
When the LNG industry takes off, you can be a part of the action!
Working from Heights
Some Overtime Required
Careers also exist in the following industries:
- Construction of buildings (residential and non-residential)
- Heavy and civil engineering construction
- Mining and quarrying (except oil and gas)
- Rail transportation
- Transportation equipment manufacturing
Oil and gas services
- High School Diploma (or equivalent)
- 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.
- Standard and emergency first aid
- Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS)
- Construction Safety Training System (CSTS)
- Fall protection
- H2S Alive
- Pipeline Construction Safety Training (PCST)
- Crane Safety Certification