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Crane, Hoist and Lift Operator

Crane, Hoist and Lift Operators operate stationary and mobile cranes, hoists, lifts and winches to lift, move and place materials, equipment and people in areas such as building sites, factories, mines, sawmills, wharves and shipyards.

Overview

Crane, Hoist and Lift Operators operate stationary and mobile cranes, hoists, lifts and winches to lift, move and place materials, equipment and people in areas such as building sites, factories, mines, sawmills, wharves and shipyards.

Day-to-day

  • testing the operation of plant before use to ensure safety
  • operating controls to rotate cranes, move cranes on fixed rails, raise and lower jibs and booms, and raise, lower and move hooks and objects
  • working in conjunction with Construction Riggers and Crane Chasers to position hooks and raise, move and place loads
  • controlling the movement of loads, and monitoring speed, acceleration and braking distances directly and by signalling to other operators
  • monitoring plant operation, instruments and gauges to detect malfunctions and problems
  • lubricating ropes and winches on cranes and replacing worn cables
  • may operate cranes fitted with attachments for purposes such as demolition and pile driving
  • may operate overhead cranes using hand controls suspended by cables from cranes.

Considerations

  • requires driving
  • working outdoors.

Occupation snapshot
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$2,500 / week
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Decline
Apprenticeships may be available

To become a Crane, Hoist and Lift Operator

  • You can work as a Crane, Hoist or Lift Operator without formal qualifications, however, a certificate III or IV in construction crane operations or mobile crane operations may be useful.

    Take a Certificate III in Civil Construction

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