Becoming a Crane, Hoist or Lift Operator
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Becoming a Crane, Hoist or Lift Operator

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Operates 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. Registration or licensing is required.
Training time - No data available -
Avg. weekly wage $1,748
Employment prospects Poor
Employment size 2,000

What does a Crane, Hoist or Lift Operator do?

  • 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

Specialisations

  • Braceperson
  • Chairlift Operator
  • Cherry Picker Operator
  • Elevated Work Platform Operator
  • Pile Driver
  • Portainer Operator
  • Tower Crane Operator
  • Winch Operator
  • Winding Engine Driver

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