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Career Details :: Hoist and Winch Operators
Operate or tend hoists or winches to lift and pull loads using power-operated cable equipment.
No previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for these occupations. For example, a person can become a general office clerk even if he/she has never worked in an office before.
These occupations may require a high school diploma or GED certificate. Some may require a formal training course to obtain a license.
Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few days to a few months of training. Usually, an experienced worker could show you how to do the job.
- Moves or repositions hoists, winches, loads, and materials, manually or using equipment and machines such as trucks, cars, and hand trucks.
- Operates equipment, such as hoist, winch, or hydraulic boom, to lift and pull loads and materials.
- Selects loads or materials according to weight and size specifications.
- Climbs ladder to facilitate positioning and setup of vehicle-mounted derrick.
- Attaches, fastens, and disconnects cables or lines to loads and materials, using hand tools.
- Repairs, maintains, and adjusts equipment, using hand tools.
- Tends auxiliary equipment, such as jacks, slings, cables, or stop blocks, to facilitate moving items or materials for further processing.
- Observes equipment gauges and indicators and hand signals to verify depth of materials, instruments, or position of load.
- Starts engine of hoist or winch to move loads or materials, using controls such as levers, pedals, and buttons.
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General Work Activities
- Handling and Moving Objects
- Performing General Physical Activities
- Controlling Machines and Processes
- Monitor Processes, Material, Surroundings
- Repairing & Maintaining Mechanical Equipment
Frequent Work Context
- Consequence of Error
- Degree of Automation
- Using Hands on Objects, Tools, Controls
- Objective or Subjective Information