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Career and Education Opportunities for Crane Operators

In general, crane operators operate mechanical crane or tower equipment to lift and move materials, machines, or products in many directions.

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Crane Operator video from the State of New Jersey Dept. of Labor and Workforce Development

Crane operators move levers, depress foot pedals, and turn dials to use cranes or other moving equipment for lifting and placing loads. They also examine and adjust crane mechanisms and lifting accessories to inhibit malfunctions and damage. Finally, crane operators examine cables and grappling devices for wear, and install or remove cables as needed.

Every day, crane operators are expected to be able to maintain precise control of objects and devices through a range of movements. It is also important that they coordinate both hands in a single activity.