Crane operators must work in various environmental and hazardous conditions and occasionally in confined spaces under minimal supervision. Crane operators operate various makes and models of lattice boom, telescopic boom, and boom truck cranes. They may also be required to perform minor crane repairs and maintenance.

There are two primary types of crane operators in the industry: mobile and tower cranes. A mobile crane operator safely transports and operates a mobile crane to perform lifts and hoists, assembles and disassembles cranes, and plans lift and crane procedures, including rigging and signalling. A tower crane operator safely operates a tower crane to perform lifts and may be involved with rigging and signalling.


  • Safely perform inspections, lifts, transport, and maintain cranes
  • Determine crane and rigging capacities
  • Accurately interpret load charts and drawings
  • Understands and safely applies rigging, best hoisting practices, and procedures
  • Must understand and apply regulatory compliance procedures

What You’ll Need

Entrance Requirements

Successful completion of online Trades Assessment.

Apprenticeship Program: The IUOE Local 115 Training Association (IUOETA) is a designated training provider by the Industry Training Authority and specializes in offering training and apprenticeships in the Mobile Crane Operator, Heavy Equipment Operator and Asphalt Paving/Laydown Technician programs. The IUOETA also sponsors apprentices as Heavy Duty Mechanics, Commercial Transport Mechanics, Plant Operator, Hoist Mechanics and Welder programs.

Key Skills & Attributes

(technical training and on the job)

  • Strong communication, numeracy, reading & problem-solving skills
  • Excellent hand-eye coordination & depth perception
  • Good concentration and stamina
  • Mechanical aptitude & manual dexterity
  • A safety conscious attitude
  • Ability to work outdoors & at heights
  • Ability to work in a collaborative environment

Trade Card Info Sheets

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Hourly Pay

$28 – $60/hr

Projected Growth


10% over the decade
compared to 2020*

*BuildForce Canada

You are a team player.

You have a strong work ethic.

You are reliable and have a good attitude.

Did You Know?

The International Union of Operating Engineers Local 115 represents over 12,500 members in B.C. and the Yukon and has helped each of its members build better futures for themselves and their families.