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Hoist and Winch Operators

Operate or tend hoists or winches to lift and pull loads using power-operated cable equipment.

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    Work Activities

    Work Activities

    • Move levers, pedals, and throttles to stop, start, and regulate speeds of hoist or winch drums in response to hand, bell, buzzer, telephone, loud-speaker, or whistle signals, or by observing dial indicators or cable marks.
    • Apply hand or foot brakes and move levers to lock hoists or winches.
    • Start engines of hoists or winches and use levers and pedals to wind or unwind cable on drums.
    • Observe equipment gauges and indicators and hand signals of other workers to verify load positions or depths.
    • Operate compressed air, diesel, electric, gasoline, or steam-driven hoists or winches to control movement of cableways, cages, derricks, draglines, loaders, railcars, or skips.
    • Oil winch drums so that cables will wind smoothly.
    • Move or reposition hoists, winches, loads and materials, manually or using equipment and machines such as trucks, cars, and hand trucks.
    • Climb ladders to position and set up vehicle-mounted derricks.
    • Select loads or materials according to weight and size specifications.
    • Repair, maintain, and adjust equipment, using hand tools.
    • Signal and assist other workers loading or unloading materials.
    • Tend auxiliary equipment, such as jacks, slings, cables, or stop blocks, to facilitate moving items or materials for further processing.
    • Attach, fasten, and disconnect cables or lines to loads, materials, and equipment, using hand tools.

    Skills

    • Critical Thinking

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

    • Monitoring

      Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

    • Operations Monitoring

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

    WorkKeys®

    Applied Math
    4
    Workplace Documents
    4
    Graphic Literacy
    4

    Abilities

    • Problem Sensitivity

      The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.

    • Arm-Hand Steadiness

      The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.

    • Control Precision

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

    Knowledge

    • Mechanical

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

    • Customer and Personal Service

      Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

    • 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 40230/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage 19.34/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage

    Ohio Employment Trends

    • Currently Employed 150
    • Yearly Projected Openings 20

    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:
    • Independence
    • Initiative
    • Dependability
    • Attention to Detail
    • Cooperation
    • Persistence

    Tools

    • Hoists
    • Forklifts
    • Floor or platform scales
    • Belt conveyors
    • Adjustable wrenches

    Technology

    • Word processing software
    • Spreadsheet software
    • Data base user interface and query software

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