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Crane and Tower Operators

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Operate mechanical boom and cable or tower and cable equipment to lift and move materials, machines, or products in many directions.

    Work Activities
    • Determine load weights and check them against lifting capacities to prevent overload.
    • Move levers, depress foot pedals, or turn dials to operate cranes, cherry pickers, electromagnets, or other moving equipment for lifting, moving, or placing loads.
    • Inspect and adjust crane mechanisms or lifting accessories to prevent malfunctions or damage.
    • Inspect cables or grappling devices for wear and install or replace cables, as needed.
    • Direct helpers engaged in placing blocking or outrigging under cranes.
    • Clean, lubricate, and maintain mechanisms such as cables, pulleys, or grappling devices, making repairs as necessary.
    • Load or unload bundles from trucks or move containers to storage bins, using moving equipment.
    • Inspect bundle packaging for conformance to regulations or customer requirements and remove and batch packaging tickets.
    • Review daily work or delivery schedules to determine orders, sequences of deliveries, or special loading instructions.
    • Direct truck drivers backing vehicles into loading bays and cover, uncover, or secure loads for delivery.
    • Weigh bundles, using floor scales, and record weights for company records.
    Skills
    • Operation and Control

      Controlling operations of equipment or systems.

    • Operation Monitoring

      Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

    • Critical Thinking

      Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

    WorkKeys®
    Applied Math
    4
    Workplace Documents
    4
    Graphic Literacy
    4
    Abilities
    • Control Precision

      The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.

    • Multilimb Coordination

      The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion.

    • Depth Perception

      The ability to judge which of several objects is closer or farther away from you, or to judge the distance between you and an object.

    Knowledge
    • Mechanical

      Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

    • Mathematics

      Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

    • English Language

      Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

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    Pay
    • Ohio Annual Salary $44,030/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage $21.17/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage
    Ohio Employment Trends
    • Currently Employed 1,810
    • Yearly Projected Openings 200
    Typical Education
    Personality
    Realistic: People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They do well at jobs that need:
    • Dependability
    • Attention to Detail
    • Self Control
    • Cooperation
    • Stress Tolerance
    • Adaptability/Flexibility
    Tools
    • Tower cranes
    • Screwdrivers
    • Pile drivers
    • Lifting hooks
    • Below the hook device
    Technology
    • Spreadsheet software
    • Office suite software
    • Inventory management software
    • Industrial control software
    • Data base user interface and query software
    Tags
    • Apprenticeships are available for this occupation. These programs can help you get hands-on experience and build your skills.