Hoisting Engineer: Tower Crane Operator

TQAA, Compulsory Certified Trade


"Tower Crane" is a mechanical device or structure that is of the travelling, fixed or climbing type and has a boom, power driven drum and wire rope to raise, lower or move material, and a vertical mast or tower and jib. Duties of the operator include:

  • Understanding and practicing safety precautions to protect yourself and others
  • Conducting pre-operational inspections
  • Responsible for planning lifts, performing rigging and maintaining cranes
  • Operating hammerhead cranes and luffer cranes
  • Be able to climb cranes (internal)

Personal Qualities

  • You will be required to work outdoors, sometimes at great heights
  • You are an extremely safety conscious person who learns and applies safety rules
  • You can calculate crane capacity and weights carefully
  • You keep calm and cool if things go wrong
  • You communicate well with co-workers to ensure the safety of those on the ground working near your machinery
  • You have good eyesight and hand/eye coordination
  • Review Essential Skills profile for additional qualifies www.hrsdc.gc.ca/eng/workplaceskills/LES/index.shtml
  • Adaptable to use robotics, computerized and electronic controls instead of mechanical operations

Career Opportunities

  • Hoisting engineers work through contractors or directly for commercial building developers, building construction firms, large manufacturing companies and heavy construction firms as well as small and medium companies
  • Some mobile crane operators have their own companies
  • The majority of hoisting engineers are union members

Educational/Training Requirements

  • The minimum entry for apprenticeship is Grade 10, however, most employers and unions require Grade 12
  • Completion of a 2 year apprenticeship program at 1,500 hours per year
  • Changes have been made to the training rquirements, refer to www.oetio.com for up-to-date information on the training requirements
  • If you have completed 3,000 hours of on the job experience/training but have not completed the apprenticeship program you may be eligible to challenge the Certificate of Qualification
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