Job description Crane Operator near Vancouver (BC)

Find out what work is like for a crane operator in Canada. This work description is applicable to all Crane operators (NOC 7371).

Crane operators

Description

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.

Job duties

  • 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.

Job titles

  • tractor crane operator
  • dragline crane operator
  • crane operator
  • construction crane operator
  • bridge crane operator
  • tower crane operator
  • hoist operator (except underground mining)
  • boom truck crane operator
  • climbing crane operator
  • mobile crane operator
  • gantry crane operator
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