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How to Make a Career as a Crane Operator

22 Jun 2018 1:41 PM | Craneology Inc (Administrator)

“Overall employment of material moving machine operators (such as crane operator) is projected to grow 6 percent from 2016 to 2026…” Bureau of Labor Statistics

Crane Operators make “an average wage of $24.06 an hour and $50,040 a year. With annual salaries up to around $61,060 per year” according to

With a solid living wage and steady employment growth, it makes sense to explore the training involved to become a Crane Operator.

But what kind of skills are needed to become a successful crane operator?

Education Level

There is no set requirement for education level. Some companies may prefer at least a high school diploma or GED, but many may not. The most important education will be how well you know the crane.

Crane Operator Training

Your training is your key to success. Be sure to choose an accredited Crane Operator Training Program that are in accordance with OSHA and NCCCO standards.

Proper Certifications

Many states and cities require operators to be licensed. To get a license, operators typically must complete a skills test and pass a written exam that tests their knowledge of safety rules and procedures. Search for a Crane Certification Program that is either local or can travel to you (or your current employer’s site).

Prepare for the Test or Exam

Choose a training program that endorses the national certification program offered by the National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO) and will prepare you for the CCO tests.

Up to date Certification

Like any industry, standards and machinery are always changing. Frequent training is important to reduce accidents. Be sure you or your employer enrolls you in a Crane Operator Recertification Program that offers crane operator recertification.

Important Personality Traits

Once you have all the necessary crane operator training and crane operator certifications, be sure you have the following personality traits:

  • Safety Awareness: Cranes and other heavy material handling equipment can be dangerous if not operated safely. You can’t be a reckless driver or ignorant of safety protocol.
  • Judgment: You may find yourself maneuvering in some tricky situations, good judgement is key to avoid accidents.

In Conclusion

Learning and re-learning these skills will make you a successful crane operator. If you want to learn more about what it takes to operate a crane, call Craneology Inc at Call (951) 943-9977 or visit  - a Crane, Rigging, and Forklift Operator training and certification company based in Perris, Riverside, California (but able to visit Any site NATIONWIDE).
is proud to be military trained and veteran owned. Craneology Inc specializes in crane certification, recertification, telescopic boom, forklift, aerial work platforms, overhead cranse, train the trainer, mobile cranes, tss, tll, boom trucks, rigger certifaction, signal person certification, NCCCO/CCO standards, and more.

Craneology, Inc. fully endorses the national certification program offered by the National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO) and will prepare candidates for the CCO tests.

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