Tower Crane Operator

Tower Crane Operator

Apprenticeship

AT A GLANCE

Tower Crane Operators service and operate travelling, fixed or climbing-type hoisting equipmentthat has a vertical mast or tower and a jib (protecting arm). Tower Crane Operators are often involved in assembling cranes on-site.

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

BOOM TRUCK HOIST OPERATOR
CRANE & HOISTING OPERATOR
HEAVY EQUIPMENT OPERATOR
HEAVY EQUIPMENT TECHNICIAN
MOBILE CRANE OPERATOR

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:

  • Construction companies
  • Railways
  • Industrial cargo-handling companies

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

Source: Apprenticeship Manitoba Handbook and Manitoba Prospects

MINI SKILLS ASSESSMENT

If you answer YES to the questions below, then Tower 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).

WAGES

Below you will find the annual salaries for apprentices and Journey Persons for a Crane and Hoisting Operator:

Minimum for Apprentices

Skills Booklet 2016, Skills Canada/Manitoba

$33,280

Average for Journey Persons

Skills Booklet 2016, Skills Canada/Manitoba

$52,395 – $105,000

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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
Journey Persons
January 1, 2017 or after:

$38.60
Tower Crane Operator - Heavy Construction
May 1, 2017 or after:

$25.25

TRAINING

Note: To receive the most up-to-date information about satisfying apprenticeship level requirements, contact Apprenticeship Manitoba or visit https://www.gov.mb.ca/wd/apprenticeship/

Tower Crane Operator

Program Length (Minimum Years)

2 years

Level Requirements

Required Hours for each level (L)

L1: 1, 500 hours L2: 1, 500 hours

Technical Training/Year (weeks in class)

Y1: 7 weeks Y2: 7 weeks

Additional Licensing

No

Trades Qualification Requirements (minimum experience required)

Minimum years of experience required

(within last 10 years)

3 years

 

Minimum hours experience required

4,500 hours

 

Practical Exam required

No

 

Compulsory Apprenticeship/Certificate of Qualifications required to work

Yes

 

Red Seal Trade available

Yes