Crane operators

Crane operators

NOC
7371

Operate hoist and swing equipment used to move machinery, materials and other large objects at locations, such as construction or industrial sites, ports, railway yards and surface mines.

Quick facts

3 Year Outlook

Limited
Limited

3 Year Job Openings

37
 

Median Hourly Wage

$28.85
$16.50
Low
$38.78
High

Median Salary

$63,430
 

Typically Required

College or apprenticeship

Employed

294
 

% Working Full Time

100%
 

% Working Full Year

56%
 
Job details

Full NOC Description

Crane operators operate 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. They are employed by construction, industrial, mining, cargo handling and railway companies.Y

Main Duties

Crane operators perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Operate mobile and tower cranes to lift, move, position or place equipment and materials
  • Perform pre-operational inspection, and calculate crane capacities and weight to prepare for rigging and hoisting
  • Operate pile driving cranes to drive pilings into earth to provide support for buildings and other structures
  • Operate cranes equipped with dredging attachments to dredge waterways and other areas
  • Operate gantry cranes to load and unload ship cargo at port side
  • Operate locomotive cranes to move objects and materials at railway yards
  • Operate bridge or overhead cranes to lift, move and place plant machinery and materials
  • Operate offshore oil rig cranes to unload and reload supply vessels
  • Operate cranes mounted on boats or barges to lift, move and place equipment and materials
  • Operate dragline cranes to expose coal seams and ore deposits at open pit mines
  • May assemble tower cranes on site
  • Perform routine maintenance work such as cleaning and lubricating cranes.

Also Known As

  • boom truck crane operator
  • bridge crane operator
  • climbing crane operator
  • construction crane operator
  • crane operator
  • dragline crane operator
  • gantry crane operator
  • hoist operator (except underground mining)
  • mobile crane operator
  • tower crane operator
  • tractor crane operator
Requirements

Employment Requirements

  • Completion of secondary school is usually required.
  • Completion of a one- to three-year apprenticeship program or Industry courses in crane operating are usually required.
  • Mobile crane operator trade certification, for specified types of cranes, is compulsory in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba, Alberta and British Columbia and available, but voluntary, in all other provinces and the Northwest Territories.
  • Tower crane operator trade certification is compulsory in Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba, Alberta and British Columbia and available, but voluntary, in Prince Edward Island.
  • Hoist operator trade certification, for specified types of cranes, is compulsory in Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba, Alberta and British Columbia and is available, but voluntary, in New Brunswick, Saskatchewan, the Northwest Territories and Nunavut.
  • Mobile crane operators may require a provincial licence to drive mobile cranes on public roads.
  • Internal company certification as a crane operator may be required by some employers.
  • Red Seal endorsement is also available to qualified mobile crane, tower crane and mobile crane (hydraulic) operators upon successful completion of the interprovincial Red Seal examination.

Provincial Regulation

  • Provincially Regulated: Yes
  • Compulsory: Yes
  • Red Seal: Yes
Employment by Sex

The following graph shows the percentage of men and women working in this occupation in New Brunswick.

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0.0%
Female
100.0%
Male
Employment by age

The following graph shows the breakdown of all persons working in this occupation in New Brunswick by age group.

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0.0%
15-24
13.5%
25-34
25.0%
35-44
30.8%
45-54
30.8%
55-64
0.0%
65+
Employment by highest level of education

The following graph shows the breakdown of all persons working in this occupation in New Brunswick by highest level of education achieved.

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4.2%
No Certificate, Diploma or Degree
16.7%
High School, Diploma or Equivalent
64.6%
Apprenticeship or Trades Certificate or Diploma
14.6%
College or University Below Bachelor Level
0.0%
University - Bachelor Level or Above
Employment by Industry

The following graph shows the industry groups in which the largest shares of persons working in this occupation in New Brunswick are employed. Small percentages for all top three industry groups may suggest employment for this occupation is widely distributed amongst many industry groups.

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57.1%
Construction
14.3%
Manufacturing
8.2%
Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction
20.4%
All Other Industries
Employment by Economic Regions

The following graph shows the breakdown of all persons employed in this occupation in New Brunswick by which economic region they reside in.

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29.40%
Northeast
13.70%
Southeast
37.30%
Southwest
13.70%
Central
5.90%
Northwest
Province of New Brunswick Economic Regions

Economic Regions

The following map displays New Brunswick’s five economic regions. An economic region (ER) is a grouping of counties, created as a standard unit for analysis of regional economic activity across Canada.

Annual Median Salary by Economic Regions

The following graph shows the median salary of all persons employed in this occupation in each of New Brunswick’s five economic regions.

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$72,460
Northeast
$46,846
Southeast
$81,864
Southwest
$118,026
Central
N/A
Northwest
Province of New Brunswick Economic Regions

Economic Regions

The following map displays New Brunswick’s five economic regions. An economic region (ER) is a grouping of counties, created as a standard unit for analysis of regional economic activity across Canada.

Hourly Median Wages by Economic Regions

The following represents the median hourly wage of all persons employed in this occupation in each of New Brunswick’s five economic regions.

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Salary

This following represents the median salary of all persons employed in this occupation compared to the median salary of workers employed in this occupation that work full-time year-round.

All Workers Employed in this Occupation

$63,430

Workers Employed Full-time, Full-year

$72,694

This following represents the median salary of persons employed in this occupation across each of the Atlantic Provinces and nationally.

New Brunswick

$63,430

Newfoundland

$108,784

Prince Edward Island

$50,682

Nova Scotia

$62,074

Canada

$71,426
Employment Outlook

The following represents the number of job openings that are expected to occur in this occupation over the next three and ten years respectively, broken down by openings expected to result from growth (“new jobs”) and openings expected to result from attrition (death and retirements).

Three Year Outlook

Total Openings: 3 Year

37
 

New Jobs: 3 Year

-5
 

Retirements/Deaths: 3 Year

42
 

Ten Year Outlook

Total Openings: 10 Year

134
 

New Jobs: 10 Year

1
 

Retirements/Deaths: 10 Year

133