Crane and Tower Operators

Description

Operate mechanical boom and cable or tower and cable equipment to lift and move materials, machines, or products in many directions.

Tasks

  • 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 cables or grappling devices for wear and install or replace cables, as needed.
  • Clean, lubricate, and maintain mechanisms such as cables, pulleys, or grappling devices, making repairs as necessary.
  • Inspect and adjust crane mechanisms or lifting accessories to prevent malfunctions or damage.
  • Direct helpers engaged in placing blocking or outrigging under cranes.
  • Load or unload bundles from trucks or move containers to storage bins, using moving equipment.
  • Weigh bundles, using floor scales, and record weights for company records.
  • Review daily work or delivery schedules to determine orders, sequences of deliveries, or special loading instructions.
  • Direct truck drivers backing vehicles into loading bays and cover, uncover, or secure loads for delivery.
  • Inspect bundle packaging for conformance to regulations or customer requirements and remove and batch packaging tickets.

Skills

Systems Analysis
Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
Technology Design
Generating or adapting equipment and technology to serve user needs.
Programming
Writing computer programs for various purposes.

Abilities

Explosive Strength
The ability to use short bursts of muscle force to propel oneself (as in jumping or sprinting), or to throw an object.
Dynamic Flexibility
The ability to quickly and repeatedly bend, stretch, twist, or reach out with your body, arms, and/or legs.

Interests

Realistic
Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
Conventional
Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.
Investigative
Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.
Enterprising
Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.
Artistic
Artistic occupations frequently involve working with forms, designs and patterns. They often require self-expression and the work can be done without following a clear set of rules.
Social
Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.

Work Style

Dependability
Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
Attention to Detail
Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
Self Control
Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
Stress Tolerance
Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
Achievement/Effort
Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
Cooperation
Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
Integrity
Job requires being honest and ethical.
Independence
Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.
Social Orientation
Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job.
Adaptability/Flexibility
Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.

Work Values

Support
Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical.
Independence
Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.
Working Conditions
Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions. Corresponding needs are Activity, Compensation, Independence, Security, Variety and Working Conditions.
Relationships
Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service.
Recognition
Occupations that satisfy this work value offer advancement, potential for leadership, and are often considered prestigious. Corresponding needs are Advancement, Authority, Recognition and Social Status.
Achievement
Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment. Corresponding needs are Ability Utilization and Achievement.

Lay Titles

Acid Crane Operator
Boom Cat Operator
Boom Crane Operator
Boomswing Operator
Bottom Crane Operator
Bridge Crane Operator
Burial Vault Deliverer and Installer
Cantilever Crane Operator
Cathead Operator
Charging Crane Operator
Cherry Picker Operator
Cinder Dump Crane Operator
Cinder Pit Crane Operator
Clamshell Operator
Coal Tower Operator
Coke Crane Operator
Crane Ladle Person
Crane Man
Crane Operator
Demolition Crane Operator
Derrick Boat Lever Operator
Derrick Boat Leverman
Derrick Boat Operator
Derrick Operator
Derrickman
Diesel Crane Operator
Dross Skimmer
Electric Crane Operator
Erecting Crane Operator
Gantry Crane Operator
Heavy Equipment Operator
Hot Metal Crane Operator
Hydrocrane Operator
Ingot Stripper
Ladle Crane Operator
Locomotive Crane Operator
Machine Operator
Material Handler
Mill Crane Operator
Mixer Crane Operator
Mobile Crane Operator
Mold Shaker
Mold Shifter
Mold Washer
Mold Yard Crane Operator
Monorail Charger Operator
Monorail Crane Operator
Monorail Operator
Operating Technician
Ore Bridge Operator
Overhead Crane Operator
Overhead Crane Truck Loader
Pig Machine Crane Operator
Pit Crane Operator
Port Crane Operator
Pouring Crane Operator
Power Crane Operator
Radio Control Crane Operator
Scrap Crane Operator
Scrap Drop Crane Operator
Scrap Drop Operator
Sorting Grapple Operator
Steam Crane Operator
Steel Crane Operator
Stripper
Tower Crane Operator
Tower Loader Operator
Tractor Crane Operator
Truck-Crane Operator
Whirley Operator
Woodyard Crane Operator
Wrecking Crane Engine Operator
Yard Crane Operator

National Wages and Employment Info

Median Wages (2008):
$22.73 hourly, $47,290 annual.
Employment (2008):
43,040 employees