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Crane Operator job description

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Alexandra Marinaki

Alexandra is a psychologist with a MSc in Talent Development and Creativity.

Refreshed on

August 5, 2020

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Eftychia Karavelaki

Senior Recruitment Manager

What is a crane operator?

Crane operators handle cranes and other lifting equipment (e.g. hoists) and transport loads to construction sites.

What does a crane operator do?

Crane operators control lifting machinery using buttons, levers, and pedals. They attach loads to hoists and cranes and safely remove them. Occasionally, they set up and repair equipment.

Crane operator duties and responsibilities also include:

  • Conducting equipment inspections
  • Following safety protocols
  • Keeping maintenance logs

What skills do you need to be a crane operator?

No specific degree is required for this role. Crane operators gain experience on-site or by completing relevant apprenticeships. They hold a commercial driver’s license and usually a relevant certificate (e.g. NCCCO certification in the US). Accuracy and knowledge of safety regulations and protocols are essential. Crane operators must also be able to lift heavy loads, climb on lifting equipment safely and stand for long hours.

When crafting your own crane operator job description, make sure to mention these skills in the requirements section.

Job brief

We are looking for a crane operator to safely transport loads to construction sites with the use of lifting equipment, such as cranes and hoists. You will work closely with construction workers and ground operators to complete your daily duties. You will also perform equipment inspections and repairs on a regular basis.

To succeed in this role, you should have hands-on experience with cranes and building materials. Problem-solving and attention to detail are also must-have skills for you, so that you can adapt to different weather conditions and settings.


  • Operate cranes and hoists
  • Transfer loads to construction sites and discharge safely
  • Bind loads to cranes
  • Inspect equipment and machinery
  • Keep and update maintenance and activity log
  • Carry out basic repairs to machines
  • Set up machinery based on complex manuals
  • Coordinate with ground operators and interpret hand and verbal signals
  • Follow safety guidelines and protocols

Requirements and skills

  • Previous experience as a crane operator or a similar role
  • Working experience handling different types of cranes
  • Ability to lift heavy loads, work in heights and stand for long hours
  • Accuracy and attention to detail
  • Pass medical, drug and background check
  • Commercial driver’s license is a must
  • Relevant certification (e.g. NCCCO) is preferred

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