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Do You Have the Skills to be a Crane Operator?

by Carolyn Jordan

Cranes are huge, impressive-looking machines, so it's hardly a surprise if you've ever looked at one and thought about how much you'd like to drive it. If you're serious about becoming a crane operator, you'll be pleased to know it isn't an impossible dream. In fact, it's very much achievable if you have the dedication to go after the career you want. But would you be suited to it?

As a potentially dangerous piece of equipment, a crane needs a certain type of person to be in charge of them. If you have these skills, you might just be the right one for the job.

Concentration

This is arguably the most important skill needed to operate a crane, as it's the one that could really prevent accidents and save lives. When you're in the driving seat of a huge machine, there's a lot to think about and take in, not to mention the changing hazards around you. If you're not able to give it your full concentration, you could end up making mistakes with serious consequences. But if you're someone who has a lot of focus, you could be perfect for this job.

Multitasking

A crane is, of course, a complicated piece of kit. There are a lot more controls and readings than you'll see in other vehicle types, so you need to be able to take care of several things at once and keep an eye on all the dials. If you're good at spinning several plates at once, it's a skill that would be put to good use in a crane.

Listening and following instructions

Before starting a day's work in charge of a crane, you might have to learn and follow a detailed plan. Any deviation from this plan could put you and your colleagues in danger, so it's important that you're someone who can listen properly to others and stick to the plan.

Understanding complex information

If you're technically minded, there's a good chance you have what it takes to pick up crane operation. You don't need to be able to strip one down and rebuild it from scratch, but you will need to pick up a thorough idea of how a crane works, plus a lot of other information on construction.

Learning quickly

You won't be expected to learn everything overnight, but with a lot to take in, it's important that you can progress through training smoothly. Being a fast learner really helps with this, and puts you in a good position to succeed.

For more information, check with your local recruitment office. 

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