Crane operators are needed all over the world to fulfill a very difficult and extremely critical job.
Companies requiring heavy material usage hire crane operators to move their material around in a timely and practical manner. Some such companies would include construction companies, railways, crane rental companies and mining/shipbuilding companies.
Many crane operators work in unpleasant conditions. There can be dust, noise, and pollution all around their particular work setting. This job can involve risk to one’s life and it becomes inevitable that the utmost care is taken when operating a crane. Crane operating professionals are offered special on-the-site training to execute safety at work. They need to be aware of the danger involved and are always prepared to take the relevant safety measures to avoid injury.
Generally, crane operators are required to work for 40 hours a week or 5 days a week, 8 hours a day and they may be required to work for a shorter period in winter. Crane operators can be required to travel extensively to meet work requirements. Their lodging and food is typically taken care of by their parent company.
What Attributes Make For a Good Crane Operator?
The basic criteria to needed qualify as a crane operator are good mathematical and analytical skills, problem-solving and the ability to work with a team. Crane operating professionals need the mental aptitude to be alert and cautious all the times.
Other basic skills include:
- Crane operators should be physically fit to perform the labor intensive tasks on site.
- These professionals should possess an aptitude for machinery.
- They are required to produce a valid driving license, in case they are working for a mobile crane.
Although a formal qualification is not the prerequisite to work as a crane operator, GCSE grades or the equivalent with English, mathematics or a technical subject is preferable.
Along with apprenticeship programs, there are other short-term programs that offer training in specialized plant and crane operations, and crane operators with the relevant experience can rise to the designation of site inspectors or site managers. The sky’s the limit in this field of work and with the right mindset and training, it can be a very rewarding career.