Mobile and Tower Crane Operators are needed on commercial and industrial construction projects to lift, move, and lower heavy loads. Some of the cranes that these operators control are capable of moving hundreds of thousands of pounds or more, so it is extremely important that every operator has good spatial judgement, a keen eye for hazards, and is an effective communicator.Clic para leer en espanol
Crane Operators are also known as Tower Operators, Tower Crane Operators, and Mobile Crane Operators
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A longer-term solution is increased focus on certification and apprenticeship programs. At the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 450 office in Dayton, apprentices aged 18 to 52 receive three years of hands-on and classroom training for operating cranes and other heavy machinery. The program, free to applicants, is an earn-as-you-learn deal with some participants making $85,000 a year as part of their training, union spokesman Brandon Willis said.
From the window of my home, I can see two cranes against the skyline. I live in Houston and over the past few years, cranes have become a pretty common site. With binoculars, I can see the sole operator in his solitary perch. All day he swings the long lateral arm. Sometimes it is a bucket of cement, other times long steel rods and other assorted materials. Any other method of moving so varied payloads would take a great deal more time and human power.
Lift & Move USA is a program promoting careers in the industry to high school and college students and veterans. It was launched in 2015 by the Specialized Carriers & Rigging Association (SC&RA), the National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO), and industry publisher KHL Group, owners of American Cranes & Transport magazine.
The Construction Industry needs to attract new workers annually to keep up with the current employment demand. Because of this demand, Construction Industry leaders saw a need to continue making plans to host the annual Exposition. A primary goal of the event was for these Career and Technical Education (CTE) students to have an opportunity to explore the many facets of the Industry as they participated in some of the 21 different hands-on activity stations and learned about career/educational opportunities as they spoke with Construction Industry/College professionals. A secondary goal was to give the CTE teachers new connections to current endeavors in the Industry, provide them with an opportunity to meet Industry leaders, and make the teachers aware of the numerous job opportunities for their students.
The simulators feature a three-screen, motion platform setup plus an instructor’s station. Powered by the Vortex Simulation Software engine, the device simulates multi-body dynamics and captures real equipment behaviors. Just as in real life, the simulated tower crane mast and jib bend and torque according to the weight of the load, while the simulated excavator demonstrates bucket forces, trenching, loading and soil behavior.
For as high as these salaries are, the reality is that what skilled craft professionals earn is typically far greater. The salaries listed in NCCER’s survey are average base salaries, not including overtime, per diem, bonuses or other incentives. Construction is known for having plenty of overtime and travel opportunities as well as bonuses. Not to mention, many contractors also have incentives in which they pay for employee training, vacation time, retirement plans, cell phones, vehicle allowances and/or per diem or housing depending on the length of a project.