Mobile Crane Operator





At a glance

Mobile Crane Operators service and operate mobile cranes that raise, lower, or move heavy materials. The crane is mounted on crawlers or a wheeled frame and has a projecting swinging arm with a hoisting apparatus. Mobile Crane Operators may drive the crane to the job site, rig the machine, and set up the machine for the lift using blocking and leveling materials.

Note: Some operators work with all three types of equipment, while others specialize in operating one type.

Work environment

Work environments for construction careers can be located outdoors or indoors or both. Work hours may vary as well. Some positions are seasonal while others are all year round, but part-time. Other positions are project-based and may require you to work full-time until the project is complete. And, of course there are careers that have full-time hours all year round.

Below is a list of workplaces where you might find opportunities to gain apprenticeship hours and/or experience. (Source: Apprenticeship Manitoba Handbook and Manitoba Prospects)

  • Construction companies
  • Railways
  • Industrial cargo-handling companies

*Manitoba Hydro is the only employer in Year 3 & beyond

Mini Skills Assessment

If you answer YES to the questions below, then Mobile Crane Operator may be the career for you!

  • Do you have strong depth perception?
  • Do you have good communication skills?
  • Can you work in high places?
  • Are you good with your hands?

Essential Skills Profiles

The Government of Canada Job Bank has identified Nine Literacy and Essential Skills (Reading, Writing, Document Use, Numeracy, Computer Use, Thinking, Oral Communication, Working with Others, and Continuous Learning).


Below you will find the annual salaries for apprentices and journeypersons for a Crane and Hoisting Operator

Minimum for Apprentices

Skills Booklet 2016, Skills Canada/Manitoba


Average for Journey Persons

Skills Booklet 2016, Skills Canada/Manitoba

$52,395 - $105,000

For more information on apprenticeship wages, visit

Every year, the Industrial, Commercial and Institutional (ICI) Construction Sector releases Minimum Wage Schedules for Manitoba. Below are the minimum wage rates for this career.

Minimum Wage Rate Effective Date
Journeypersons January 1, 2017 or after
Mobile Crane Operator - Heavy Construction May 1, 2017 or after



Note: To receive the most up-to-date information about satisfying apprenticeship level requirements, contact Apprentice Manitoba or visit

Mobile Crane Operator

Program Length (Minimum Years)


Mobile Crane Operator: 3 Years

Power Generation and Transmission (PGT): 3 Years

Mobile Crane Operator

Level Requirements

Required Hours for each level (L)

Mobile Crane Operator:

L1: 1, 700 hours L2: 1, 700 hours L3: 1, 700 hours

PGT Mobile Crane Operator:

L1: 300 hours L2: 300 hours L3: 300 hours

Technical Training/Year (weeks in class)

Mobile Crane Operator:

Y1: 7 weeks Y2: 7 weeks Y3: 0 weeks

PGT Mobile Crane Operator:

Additional Licensing


Trades Qualification Requirements (minimum experience required)

Minimum years of experience required

(within last 10 years)

Mobile Crane Operator: 4.5 years

PGT Mobile Crane Operator: Under development

Minimum hours experience required

Mobile Crane Operator: 7, 650 hours

PGT Mobile Crane Operator: Under development

Practical Exam required


Compulsory Apprenticeship/Certificate of Qualifications required to work

Mobile Crane Operator: Yes

PGT Mobile Crane Operator: No

Red Seal Trade available

Mobile Crane Operator: Yes

PGT Mobile Crane Operator: No

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