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A Crane Operator operates stationary and mobile cranes, hoists, lifts and winches to lift, move and place materials, equipment and people in areas such as building sites, factories, mines, sawmills, wharves and shipyards.

Registration or licensing may be required.

What will I be doing?

  • Operate cranes, hoists or other moving or lifting equipment
  • Load shipments, belongings, or materials
  • Weigh materials to ensure compliance with specifications
  • Review work orders or schedules to determine operations or procedures
  • Verify information or specifications
  • Inspect material-moving equipment to detect problems
  • Maintain material moving equipment in good working condition
  • Apply fatigue management strategies.
  • Calculate weight of loads
  • Install parts, assemblies or attachments in transportation or material-handling equipment
  • Secure cargo
  • Signal others to coordinate vehicle movement
  • Record operational or production data
  • Clean machinery or equipment

Transferable skills on the job:

  • Material transportation 22%
  • Construction 20%
  • Quality control and inspections 14%
  • Work activities preparation 10%
  • Operating procedures and processes 9%
  • Production processes and machinery 9%
  • Safety and hazard management 3%
  • Science and mathematics 3%
  • Vehicle operation 3%
  • Records, documentation, reports and research 3%

Core competency level  (out of 10)

  • Numeracy 4 Intermediate
  • Digital engagement 4 Intermediate
  • Teamwork 6 Intermediate
  • Writing 4 Intermediate
  • Reading 5 Intermediate
  • Learning 4 Intermediate
  • Problem solving 4 Intermediate.
  • Oral communication 5 Intermediate
  • Planning & organizing 6 Intermediate
  • Initiative & innovation 6 Intermediate

How to become a Crane Operator:


Certificate II Civil construction pathways RII20720

Certificate III Plant operations RII30820

Cert II courses are credit towards Cert III

Full Apprenticeships are available.

Further training is available through RTO’s, with funding via Keystone Tasmania.

What to find out more?

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View Crane Operator Fact Sheet (PDF)