Truck crane operator positions are commonly found in the shipping and construction industries, though there are many other companies that hire individuals for this position as well. This job typically involves operating a specific piece of equipment, using it to efficiently load and unload cargo and/or other materials. There are many entry-level openings for truck crane operators, and this position usually requires a high school diploma or equivalent; some positions require a valid commercial driver’s license as well, and different states have different regulations and qualifications for these positions. As far as specific knowledge, most companies require extensive preliminary training, as those without experience will need to learn how to use the tools and equipment.
Typically, the daily duties performed by truck crane operators include operating designated equipment while following all safety regulations and company protocols. Additional tasks include reading charts, manuals, and inspecting equipment on a regular basis. Learning to use hand signals and follow lift limits is necessary for this role, and many companies also require operators complete log entries and paperwork. Some positions also have other manual labor requirements, ranging from dealing with rivets or bolts to operating drills and jackhammers.
The truck crane operator's work is typically done with a team of workers performing similar or identical roles; there is typically a manager on site, although there is some level of independence in this role. Hazards should be mitigated through safety protocols. Work is generally done outdoors, and shifts vary depending on employers' needs.
Truck Crane Operator Tasks
Operate tower crane to move building materials from ground-level to top of buildings or vice versa.
Effectively communicate with other team members to receive direction, either through microphone or hand signals.
Work with control console to operate crane safely and effectively.