Have you ever thought what it feels like to work with gigantic cranes?  It may look like a simple job but operating a crane takes proper training, certifications and experience to legally operate these types of machine.

A crane operator works with cranes to lift, transport, move and position machines, products, equipment or other large objects at sites such as construction sites and industrial facilities

Most operators learn their skills through an apprenticeship as well as on-the-job training. Some states require operators to acquire and maintain a specific license. State certification can be obtained by taking the examination proctored by the National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators. Procedure for obtaining a license vary according to state, but normally this includes taking a physical exam, passing a written test and demonstrating crane operation. Operators need to update licensure every few years.

A crane operator needs:

  • excellent concentration level
  • ability to follow instructions
  • comfortable working at heights
  • good hand-eye coordination
  • good eyesight with the ability to judge distances
  • be safety conscious
  • ability to work as part of a team
  • good stamina to deal with long hours of work

A crane operator is responsible for:

  • an operator needs to know how the crane functions, limitations and its operating characteristics
  • inspecting and maintaining the crane regularly
  • checking that the site is properly prepared for the crane
  • being aware of any conditions that can affect the crane operation
  • a crane operator must know the standard hand signal and maintain good communication with the signal person
  • following the manufacturer’s operating manual in accordance with the load chart
  • shutting down and securing that the machine is properly set when it is unattended
  • being aware of how much material can be safely hoisted in each load according to the crane’s manual

There are other areas where a crane operator needs to be knowledgeable. Operators must have self-control and be able to maintain a cool head during critical situations. One should have mechanical ability and should also understand the technicalities of the machine since it is a must to perform maintenance and repair work on it. You also have to get along with people to be able to work with other staff harmoniously. To be a successful crane operator, you must be very responsible, alert and hardworking.


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