Crane Operators operate a variety of machines to lift and move materials, equipment or products, safely and efficiently.
The Role
  • Controlling equipment with levers, wheels or foot pedals
  • Moving material according to a plan or schedule
  • Setting up and repairing equipment
  • Making minor repairs to machinery
  • Conducting  daily maintenance checks and reporting any issues to supervisor
  • Keeping records of material movement
  • Overhead crane operator ensuring that travel routes are clear, avoid lifting over other people, will often sling the loads themselves
  • In a full-time position, Crane Operators usually work between 35 and 40 hours per week
  • Working hours can vary and you may have to do some overtime in order to meet project deadlines
  • rainee and newly trained Crane Operators can earn in the region of £17,000 to £20,000
  • Trained with experience Crane Operators can earn in the region of £20,000 to £35,000
  • More experienced Crane Operators may earn in excess of £35,000
Salaries typically range depending on location and level of responsibility.
Qualifications & Training
Although no formal entry qualifications are required to become a Crane Operator, it is generally recommended to achieve four GCSEs, including maths and English, at grade 4 (C) or above, or their equivalents, such as the Welsh Baccalaureate or Scottish Nationals. While experience as a Crane Operator may not always be necessary, many employers will value construction site work experience in prospective employees. On-the-job training, including working under the supervision of an experienced Crane Operator, is a common route to becoming a proficient Crane Operator. This allows for the development of the specific skills and qualifications required for the role. Similarly, applying for a Crane Operation apprenticeship offers an alternative entry route into the profession. A combination of classroom-based theory and practical training will result in the attainment of a relevant NVQ/SVQ Diploma in Plant Operations and the Construction Plant Competence Scheme (CPCS) Operator card.