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Crane operators operate cranes or draglines to lift, move, position or place machinery, equipment and other large objects at construction or industrial sites, ports, railway yards, surface mines and other similar locations. They are employed by construction, industrial, mining, cargo handling and railway companies.
boom truck crane operator, bridge crane operator, climbing crane operator, construction crane operator, crane operator, dragline crane operator, gantry crane operator, hoist operator (except underground mining), mobile crane operator, tower crane operator, tractor crane operator.
- Operate mobile and tower cranes to lift, move, position or place equipment and materials
- Perform pre-operational inspection, and calculate crane capacities and weight to prepare for rigging and hoisting
- Operate pile driving cranes to drive pilings into earth to provide support for buildings and other structures
- Operate cranes equipped with dredging attachments to dredge waterways and other areas
- Operate gantry cranes to load and unload ship cargo at port side
- Operate locomotive cranes to move objects and materials at railway yards
- Operate bridge or overhead cranes to lift, move and place plant machinery and materials
- Operate offshore oil rig cranes to unload and reload supply vessels
- Operate cranes mounted on boats or barges to lift, move and place equipment and materials
- Operate dragline cranes to expose coal seams and ore deposits at open pit mines
- May assemble tower cranes on site
- Perform routine maintenance work such as cleaning and lubricating cranes.
Outlook & Prospects for Crane Operators in North Shore Region
The future forecast and current conditions for an occupation can vary based on location or due to changes in the economy, technology, or demand for a product or service.
Local Employment Potential Information
|Location||Employment Potential||Release Date|
|North Shore Region||2011-06-16|
Currently the chances of qualified Crane Operators finding employment are considered to be fair in the local area. The main reason why the employment potential for this occupation is considered fair is that the current demand / supply situation is in reasonable balance when compared to occupations overall. There are only a few potential employers noted for this occupational group in our local and surrounding areas. The workforce tends to be mobile in order to take advantage of opportunities. Most jobs will take place through replacement needs, as opposed to employment growth. Many workers experience periods of unemployment as demand is often related to construction activity.
Mobile Crane Operator became a designated trade in 1991 that qualifies for the Interprovincial Standards Red Seal Program which allows qualified tradespersons to practice the trade in any province or territory in Canada where the trade is designated without having to write further examinations.
In addition to employment opportunities locally, opportunities may exist in other areas of the province or in other regions of the country. People who are able to work elsewhere may want to research opportunities for this occupation in other labour markets within Nova Scotia and across the country. The future employment outlook for Crane Operators in Nova Scotia is expected to be fair over the next 5 years.
Additional information on Crane Operators (opportunities in other areas, training, who hires, current job openings, statistics and other information), is available on other parts of this web site.
Local Labour Market News
Week of May 06 – May 10, 2013
- Pictou Lodge is expected to reopen in late May 2013 under new ownership. The seasonal hotel, which had employed about 60 workers, had gone into receivership over the winter.
- Three Guysborough county community groups will receive infrastructure funding from the federal government
- The Lobster Bar, a restaurant, will open in Pictou in June 2013
Week of Apr 29 – May 03, 2013
- The province of Nova Scotia will provide a loan to Pollycello, an Amherst-based packaging manufacturer, to help maintain the 300 jobs at the plant
- Moir’s Costumes & Events will open on Provost Street in New Glasgow this month
- Giant Tiger will open its New Glasgow store in the fall of 2013 at the former Zellers location
- Scotsburn Co-operative Services will close the Farm Services retail store in Scotsburn in June 2013
Week of Apr 22 – Apr 26, 2013
- Construction is expected to begin in the spring or early summer of 2013 on a new recreational and competitive rowing centre on Lochaber Lake
- Marinus Verhagen Enterprises Ltd. will begin building an asbestos disposal facility in McLellans Brook this spring and open it later in 2013
Week of Apr 15 – Apr 19, 2013
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