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Career Details :: Crane and Tower Operators
Operate mechanical boom and cable or tower and cable equipment to lift and move materials, machines, or products in many directions.
Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience may be helpful in these occupations, but usually is not needed. For example, a drywall installer might benefit from experience installing drywall, but an inexperienced person could still learn to be an installer with little difficulty.
These occupations usually require a high school diploma and may require some vocational training or job-related course work. In some cases, an associate's or bachelor's degree could be needed.
Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees.
- Weighs bundles, using floor scale, and records weight for company records.
- Directs helpers engaged in placing blocking and outrigging under crane when lifting loads.
- Directs truck drivers backing vehicles into loading bays and covers, uncovers, and secures loads for delivery.
- Reviews daily truck-delivery schedule to ascertain orders, sequence of deliveries, and special loading instructions.
- Inspects bundle packaging for conformance to customer requirements and removes and batches packaging tickets.
- Inspects and compares load weights with lifting capacity to ensure against overload.
- Loads and unloads bundles from trucks and moves containers to storage bins, using moving equipment.
- Cleans, lubricates, and maintains mechanisms, such as cables, pulleys, and grappling devices.
- Inspects cables and grappling devices for wear, and installs or replaces cables.
- Operates cranes, cherry pickers, or other moving equipment to lift and move loads, such as machinery or bulk materials.
- Inspects and adjusts crane mechanisms and accessory equipment to prevent malfunctions and wear.
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General Work Activities
- Controlling Machines and Processes
- Handling and Moving Objects
- Performing General Physical Activities
- Getting Information Needed to Do the Job
- Inspecting Equipment, Structures, Material
Frequent Work Context
- Consequence of Error
- Degree of Automation
- Importance of Being Sure All Is Done
- Importance of Being Exact or Accurate