CareerShip Home
About CareerShip
Contact Us
Mapping Your Future
Visit the Featured Career Match My Career Interests
Review Careers by Clusters Career Search

Details for 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.


  • Determine load weights and check them against lifting capacities in order to prevent overload.
  • Move levers, depress foot pedals, and turn dials to operate cranes, cherry pickers, electromagnets, or other moving equipment for lifting, moving, and placing loads.
  • Inspect cables and grappling devices for wear, and install or replace cables as needed.
  • Clean, lubricate, and maintain mechanisms such as cables, pulleys, and grappling devices, making repairs as necessary.
  • Inspect and adjust crane mechanisms and lifting accessories in order to prevent malfunctions and damage.
  • Direct helpers engaged in placing blocking and outrigging under cranes.
  • Load and unload bundles from trucks, and move containers to storage bins, using moving equipment.
  • Weigh bundles, using floor scales, and record weights for company records.
  • Review daily work and delivery schedules to determine orders, sequences of deliveries, and special loading instructions.
  • Direct truck drivers backing vehicles into loading bays, and cover, uncover, and secure loads for delivery.
  • Inspect bundle packaging for conformance to regulations and customer requirements, and remove and batch packaging tickets.


  • Realistic - Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
  • Conventional - Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.

Education, Training, Experience

  • Education - Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.
  • Training - Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.
  • Experience - Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.


  • Public Safety and Security - Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
  • Transportation - Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.
  • Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.


  • Operation and Control - Controlling operations of equipment or systems.

Related Careers

  • Dredge Operators
  • Excavating and Loading Machine and Dragline Operators
  • Hoist and Winch Operators
  • Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators
  • Paving, Surfacing, and Tamping Equipment Operators
  • Railroad Brake, Signal, and Switch Operators
Wages for this career
America's Career InfoNet