Crane Operator Driver

Crane Operator Drivers transport heavy equipment or materials from one location to another.

They control mobile or stationary cranes to lift, move and place objects at locations such as construction sites, wharves and shipyards. A Crane Operator Driver must be able to communicate effectively and clearly with other workers such as spotters and those on the ground. At all times, the Crane Operator Driver must be able to make clear and precise judgments and maneuver the many gears of the crane in order to effectively use the crane.

Responsibilities may include:

  • Ensuring the ground is safe before setting up the crane
  • Placing timber or steel plates under the outrigger pads of the crane
  • Checking that the crane is level on the outriggers
  • Checking controls, instruments and gauges are working
  • Maintaining cranes by inspecting them for defects or wear, lubricating ropes and winches, and replacing worn cables

Industry facts

  • Crane Operator Drivers may operate a range of cranes such as overhead and gantry cranes used in factories, portal cranes used to move shipping containers, tower cranes used on large building sites and mobile cranes that may be truck mounted.
  • Crane Operator Drivers may work on building and construction sites, in all types of weather conditions.
  • Crane Operator Drivers must be at least 18 years of age to operate a crane.

Entry Qualifications

Training qualification:

  • Certificate IV in Mobile Crane Operations

Estimated Salary

$51,160 – $108,787 (Median $70,658)*
*Wages will vary according to your level of skill, experience, employer and geographical location.

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