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Crane & Tower Operators

Also called: Crane Operator, Material Handler, Mobile Crane Operator, Overhead Crane Operator

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What they do:
Operate mechanical boom and cable or tower and cable equipment to lift and move materials, machines, or products in many directions.
On the job, you would:
  • Determine load weights and check them against lifting capacities to prevent overload.
  • Move levers, depress foot pedals, or turn dials to operate cranes, cherry pickers, electromagnets, or other moving equipment for lifting, moving, or placing loads.
  • Inspect and adjust crane mechanisms or lifting accessories to prevent malfunctions or damage.


Engineering and Technology
  • mechanical
Math and Science
  • arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics


Basic Skills
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem
  • keeping track of how well people and/or groups are doing in order to make improvements
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it


Controlled Movement
  • quickly change the controls of a machine, car, truck or boat
  • use your arms and/or legs together while sitting, standing, or lying down
Hand and Finger Use
  • keep your arm or hand steady
  • hold or move items with your hands
  • pay attention to something without being distracted
  • do two or more things at the same time
  • decide which thing is closer or farther away from you or decide how far away it is from you


People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Dependability
  • Attention to Detail
  • Self Control
  • Cooperation
  • Stress Tolerance
  • Adaptability/Flexibility


You might use software like this on the job:

Data base user interface and query software
  • Data entry software
Inventory management software
  • Inventory tracking software
Industrial control software
  • Crane operation control software


Education: (rated 3 of 5)
certificate after high school or
high school diploma/GED
usually needed

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