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Job Description

Crane operators operate mobile or stationary cranes to lift, move, or reposition loads. They will pull or shift controls to lift and reposition materials and equipment around a construction, dock or industrial site. They will work and communicate with other construction or dock workers to ensure health and safety procedures are adhered to.

Entry Requirements

You’ll usually need:

  • experience of working on a construction site or using heavy plant machinery like excavators
  • a valid Construction Plant Competence Scheme (CPCS) card
  • a college qualification in plant operations - this can be done through on-the-job training
  • a category C1 or C LGV licence if driving mobile cranes on public roads

You could get into this job through an apprenticeship if you also get the plant operations college qualification and the CPCS card. You’ll usually need at least 4 GCSEs or equivalent, including maths and English, to apply.

CITB and Go Construct have more information on becoming a crane driver.

Career Path and Progression

With experience and a Level 3 or 4 NVQ Diploma in Lifting Operations, you could become a crane supervisor, directing operations.
After further training you may be able to work as a site manager, with responsibility for the day-to-day running of a construction or quarrying site.

Related careers you may be interested in:

  • Building technician
  • Forklift driver

National Government Policy states that all students should have achieved at least a Grade 4 or C Grade in English & Maths at GCSE.  Achieving this minimum grade in these subjects will increase the opportunities open to you, support your future career development and prospects.

Students who do not meet this standard will be supported to continue to study English and Maths through full-time education or an Apprenticeship.

Required Skills

You will need to have a good understanding of regulations and procedures, be health and safety conscious, have a good head for heights, be able to work as part of a team.

Starting Salary

£15,000 to £36,000

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