Crane and Tower Operators

Architecture & Construction > Construction

Projected Growth: Average

Projected Job Openings

Medium Preparation Needed

Job Description

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

Common job titles of Crane and Tower Operators include:

Experience and Education

Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.

  • 60.63% said they needed a Post-Secondary Certificate.

  • 31.53% said they needed a High School Diploma.


    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.

    Determine load weights and check them against lifting capacities to prevent overload.

    Inspect and adjust crane mechanisms or lifting accessories to prevent malfunctions or damage.

    Load or unload bundles from trucks or move containers to storage bins, using moving equipment.

    Clean, lubricate, and maintain mechanisms such as cables, pulleys, or grappling devices, making repairs as necessary.

    Direct helpers engaged in placing blocking or outrigging under cranes.

    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.

    Weigh bundles, using floor scales, and record weights for company records.

    Inspect bundle packaging for conformance to regulations or customer requirements and remove and batch packaging tickets.


Wireless touch screen monitors

Wire rope cutters

Wire brushes

Welding masks

Wedge sockets

Wear gauges

Vernier calipers

All Tools

Two way radios


Tower attachments

Tire pressure gauges

Timber tongs

Survival suits

Straight screwdrivers

Steam cleaning equipment

Spud wrenches

Spreader beams


Slip joint pliers



Safety goggles

Safety glasses

Rough-terrain cranes

Robertson screwdrivers

Ringer cranes


Rated load indicators

Ratchet sets


Pry bars

Protective ear plugs

Protective ear muffs

Propane torches

Power washers

Power drills

Pneumatic impact wrenches

Pile drivers

Phillips head screwdrivers

Pallet forks

Paint application sprayers

Oxyacetylene torches

Overhaul balls

Orange peel buckets

Open end wrenches


Needlenose pliers

Monorail cranes

Measuring tapes

Luffing jib cranes

Load monitoring indicators

Load hooks

Lifting slings

Lifting magnets

Lifting clamps

Jib cranes

Iron balls

Hydraulic truck-mounted cranes

Hydraulic jacks

Hook blocks

Grease guns

Gantry cranes

Friction cranes


Floor scales

Fall arrest harnesses


Electric impact wrenches

Drop hammers

Drift pins

Dragline buckets

Demolition hammers

Crawler cranes


Closed-end wrenches


Claw hammers

Clamshell buckets

Chain falls

Cab cranes

Bridge cranes

Boom length indicators

Boom angle indicators

Bench vises

Barrel clamps

Ball peen hammers

Anti-two block devices

Angle grinders


All-terrain cranes

Adjustable wrenches


Crane operation control software

Inventory tracking software


Operation and Control

Controlling operations of equipment or systems.

Operation Monitoring

Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

Critical Thinking

Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Active Listening

Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.


Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

Reading Comprehension

Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.


Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Judgment and Decision Making

Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

Time Management

Managing one's own time and the time of others.


Quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.

Control Movement Abilities › Psychomotor Abilities › Control Precision

Coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion.

Control Movement Abilities › Psychomotor Abilities › Multilimb Coordination

See details at a distance.

Sensory Abilities › Visual Abilities › Far Vision

Judge which of several objects is closer or farther away from you, or to judge the distance between you and an object.

Sensory Abilities › Visual Abilities › Depth Perception

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