7371 – Crane operators
Crane operators operate cranes or draglines to lift, move, position or place machinery, equipment and other large objects at construction or industrial sites, ports, railway yards, surface mines and other similar locations. They are employed by construction, industrial, mining, cargo handling and railway companies.
Index of titles
Apprentice mobile crane operator
Boat crane operator
Boom crane operator
Boom truck crane operator
Boom truck hoist operator
Bridge crane operator
Cantilever crane operator
Cinder crane operator
Climbing crane operator
Climbing tower crane operator
Construction crane operator
Crane and hoisting equipment operator
Crane hoist operator
Crane operator apprentice
Crawler crane operator
Demolition crane operator
Dragline crane operator
Dragline operator – crane
Drilling rig crane operator
Electric crane operator
Electric dragline operator
Electric gantry crane operator
Electric monorail crane operator
Electrical equipment operator – derrick
Floating crane operator
Gantry crane operator
Hoist operator – foundry
Hoist operator (except underground mining)
Hot metal crane operator
Jib crane operator
Ladle crane operator
Locomotive crane operator
Mechanical hoist operator
Mobile crane apprentice operator
Mobile crane operator
Monorail crane operator
Overhead crane operator
Pile driving crane operator
Power crane operator
Rail crane operator
Railway car puller – crane
Rigger (except shipbuilding and aircraft assembly)
Ship crane operator
Tower crane operator
Tractor crane operator
Truck crane operator
Walking bridge crane operator
Wrecking crane operator
This group performs some or all of the following duties:
Operate mobile and tower cranes to lift, move, position or place equipment and materials
Perform pre-operational inspection, and calculate crane capacities and weight to prepare for rigging and hoisting
Operate pile driving cranes to drive pilings into earth to provide support for buildings and other structures
Operate cranes equipped with dredging attachments to dredge waterways and other areas
Operate gantry cranes to load and unload ship cargo at port side
Operate locomotive cranes to move objects and materials at railway yards
Operate bridge or overhead cranes to lift, move and place plant machinery and materials
Operate offshore oil rig cranes to unload and reload supply vessels
Operate cranes mounted on boats or barges to lift, move and place equipment and materials
Operate dragline cranes to expose coal seams and ore deposits at open pit mines
May assemble tower cranes on site
Perform routine maintenance work such as cleaning and lubricating cranes.
Completion of secondary school is usually required.
Completion of a one- to three-year apprenticeship program or industry courses in crane operating are usually required.
Mobile crane operator trade certification, for specified types of cranes, is compulsory in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba, Alberta and British Columbia and available, but voluntary, in all other provinces and the Northwest Territories.
Tower crane operator trade certification is compulsory in Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba, Alberta and British Columbia and available, but voluntary, in Prince Edward Island.
Hoist operator trade certification, for specified types of cranes, is compulsory in Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba, Alberta and British Columbia and is available, but voluntary, in New Brunswick, Saskatchewan, the Northwest Territories and Nunavut.
Mobile crane operators may require a provincial licence to drive mobile cranes on public roads.
Internal company certification as a crane operator may be required by some employers.
Red Seal endorsement is also available to qualified mobile crane and tower crane operators upon successful completion of the interprovincial Red Seal examination.
The Red Seal endorsement allows for interprovincial mobility.
Progression to supervisory positions is possible with experience.
Heavy equipment operators (except crane) (7521)
Hoist operators – underground mining (in 8231 Underground production and development miners)
Supervisors of crane operators (in 7302 Contractors and supervisors, heavy equipment operator crews)