Hoist and Winch Operators

Description

Operate or tend hoists or winches to lift and pull loads using power-operated cable equipment.

Tasks

  • Move levers, pedals, and throttles in order to stop, start, and regulate speeds of hoist or winch drums in response to hand, bell, buzzer, telephone, loud-speaker, or whistle signals, or by observing dial indicators or cable marks.
  • Start engines of hoists or winches and use levers and pedals to wind or unwind cable on drums.
  • Observe equipment gauges and indicators and hand signals of other workers in order to verify load positions and/or depths.
  • Operate compressed air, diesel, electric, gasoline, or steam-driven hoists or winches in order to control movement of cableways, cages, derricks, draglines, loaders, railcars, or skips.
  • Move or reposition hoists, winches, loads and materials, manually or using equipment and machines such as trucks, cars, and hand trucks.
  • Select loads or materials according to weight and size specifications.
  • Signal and assist other workers loading or unloading materials.
  • Attach, fasten, and disconnect cables or lines to loads, materials, and equipment, using hand tools.
  • Apply hand or foot brakes and move levers to lock hoists or winches.
  • Oil winch drums so that cables will wind smoothly.
  • Climb ladders in order to position and setup vehicle-mounted derricks.
  • Repair, maintain, and adjust equipment, using hand tools.
  • Tend auxiliary equipment such as jacks, slings, cables, or stop blocks, in order to facilitate moving items or materials for further processing.

Skills

Science
Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
Installation
Installing equipment, machines, wiring, or programs to meet specifications.
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.
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.
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.
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

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.
Initiative
Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
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.
Cooperation
Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
Persistence
Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
Concern for Others
Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
Adaptability/Flexibility
Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
Stress Tolerance
Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
Self Control
Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.

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.
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.
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.
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.
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.

Lay Titles

Air Hoist Operator
Air Lift Operator
Boat Hoist Operator
Boat Loader
Boat Puller
Bridge Rigger
Building Rigger
Cable Operator
Cable Way Operator
Cage Operator
Cage Tender
Casing Puller
Cemetery Vault Installer
Chute Operator
Clean-Out Driller
Clutch Operator
Coal Handler
Coal Trimmer
Corner Bead Operator
Crane Operator
Cupola Hoist Operator
Derrick Hand
Derrick Operator
Dry Transfer Man
Dry Transfer Worker
Dump Operator
Electric Fork Operator
Electrical Traveling Overhead Crane Operator (ETOC Operator)
Foot Tender
Footman
Gin Pole Operator
Hoist Operator
Hoisting Engine Operator
Hoisting Engineer
Hoistman
Hydraulic Boom Operator
Jammer Operator
Jump Roll Operator
Lathe Spotter
Lever Operator
Lineman
Loader Engineer
Log Loader
Marine Railway Operator
Material Handler
Ore Trimmer
Pack Changer
Pack Puller
Pipe Puller
Pit Hoist Operator
Pitman
Pneumatic Hoist Operator
Rigger
Rigger Up
Rigging Man
Rigging Up Man
Rigging Up Worker
Rigging Worker
Rod Puller
Rodman
Scrap Hoist Operator
Scraper Loader Operator
Service Operator
Skip Hoist Engineer
Skip Hoist Operator
Slope Runner
Slope Tender
Sloper
Steam Hoist Operator
Stevedore
Stiff Leg Operator
Telescope Operator
Transfer Controller
Tugger Operator
Well Puller

National Wages and Employment Info

Median Wages (2008):
$19.21 hourly, $39,960 annual.
Employment (2008):
3,050 employees