Crane Operators (Mobile & Tower)

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Certificate of Qualification 339A (Mobile), 339B (Tower)
❝ My job is challenging, but hugely rewarding. It is important to be alert and to constantly monitor the environment around the crane.❞
Crane Operators control cranes or draglines to lift, move, position or place machinery, equipment and other large objects at construction or industrial sites, ports, railway yards, surface mines and other similar locations. You can choose a path as a Mobile Crane Operator or a Tower Crane Operator.

Key Skills & Attributes

  • Excellent communication skills, often with hand signals

  • Strong depth perception and hand-eye coordination

  • Ability to estimate distances and load weights

  • Working outdoors

Entrance Requirements

  • Grade 12 Diploma

  • Driver’s licence

Apprenticeship Program

Mobile and Tower Crane Operators are a compulsory certified trade Ontario. This means you must be registered as an apprentice prior to taking any training and you must pass the Certificate of Qualification to work as a crane operator. OETIO offers apprenticeship training for both Mobile and Tower Crane Operators.


  • Performs pre‐operational inspections

  • Prepares, transports, assembles and dismantles mobile cranes

  • Plans crane ‘lifts’ including calculating crane capacity and determining load weight

  • Performs rigging

  • Participates in setting up, dismantling and jacking tower cranes

  • Performs regular inspections, minor repairs and maintenance

Journeyperson Wage Rate:

Mobile Crane: $64.60/hr | Tower Crane: $63.88/hr

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Did you know?

Modern cranes often have sophisticated computers in the cab to assist the operator. Keep up with new technology developments is an important part of the job.


International Union of Operating Engineers