A mobile crane operator is primarily responsible for operating a traveling crane, which lifts, moves, positions, and repositions loads. This person may travel to various job sites or to various departments within the same job site. Depending on the job, this position may involve work in a warehouse or outdoors, and the shifts may also vary depending on the employer's needs.
A mobile crane is mounted on rubber-tired carriers, requires minimal set-up and assembly, and is capable of lifting a variety of loads. The mobile crane operator ensures that each load is safe and secure, then moves the control levers, foot pedals, and dials to operate the heavy equipment and transfer the load. They are responsible for keeping all of the equipment safe, clean, maintained, and lubricated. The crane should be regularly inspected, and the operator must ensure that lifting capacities are not exceeded. Paperwork may regarding job tickets and service quality may need to be handled by the operator. Additional duties may include driving and unloading trucks at various work sites, extending and modifying sections for high lifting, and moving levers and pedals to rotate the crane.
As far as formal education is concerned, a high school diploma or equivalent is generally sufficient for this job. However, a crane operator must be certified. It is necessary for a mobile crane operator to be a self-starter, precise in all measurements and movements, and listen closely to all directions.
Mobile Crane Operator Tasks
Operate boom and cable equipment to move loads between vehicles and work site areas.
Direct spotters and other support personnel.
Inspect loads for proper handling and maintain equipment as needed.