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.
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.
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.
£15,000 to £36,000