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Crane Operators operate a variety of machines to lift and move materials, equipment or products, safely and efficiently.
Average salaries are in the region of £20,000.00 to £36,000.00. Salaries will vary depending on location / employer
Crane Operators work in a variety of environments. From removing earth and rock to clear space for buildings or for surface mining to transporting materials for high-rise construction projects, there are numerous industry opportunities for Crane Operators.
Crane Operators operate a variety of machines to lift and move materials, equipment or products, safely and efficiently. This could involve using tower, overhead or mobile cranes, and to drive and maintain these machines you'll need training, experience and regular testing.
Much of the working day is spent in the crane cab, which can be noisy so you need to use ear protection. Crane Operators are in constant communication with colleagues throughout the day and operate using radios or hand signals from the crew.
Salaries typically range depending on location and level of responsibility.
In a full-time position, Crane Operators usually work between 35 and 40 hours per week. Working hours can vary and you may have to do some overtime in order to meet project deadlines.
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Although no formal entry qualifications are required to become a Crane Operator, it is generally recommended to achieve four GCSEs, including maths and English, at grade C or above, or their equivalents, such as the Welsh Baccalaureate or Scottish Nationals.
While experience as a Crane Operator may not always be necessary, many employers will value construction site work experience in prospective employees.
On-the-job training, including working under the supervision of an experienced Crane Operator, is a common route to becoming a proficient Crane Operator. This allows for the development of the specific skills and qualifications required for the role. Some machines are more complex than others and the time spent training will vary according to the type of machine.
Similarly, applying for a Crane Operation apprenticeship offers an alternative entry route into the profession. A combination of classroom-based theory and practical training will result in the attainment of a relevant NVQ/SVQ Diploma in Plant Operations and the Construction Plant Competence Scheme (CPCS) Operator card.
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