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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.
Toronto, Brampton, Mississauga, Oshawa, Vaughan, Ajax, Aurora, Beaverton, Bowmanville, Caledon, Cannington, East Gwillimbury, Halton Hills, King City, Markham, Milton, Newmarket, Oakville, Pickering, Port Perry, Richmond Hill, Whitby, Whitchurch-Stouffville, Acton, Algonquin Island, Bolton, Briars Park, Brooklin, Caledon East, Centre Island, Delrex, Dorset Park, Franklin Beach, Gaud Corners, Georgetown, Glen Williams, Jacksons Point, Marywood Meadows, Mono Road, Mossington Park, Newcastle, Nobleton, Norval, Orono, Port Darlington, Stouffville, Sutton, Toronto Islands, Uxbridge, Ward's Island, Wildwood, Wilmot Creek
Outlook & Prospects for Crane Operators in Toronto 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
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Employment prospects for crane operators are expected to be good in the Toronto economic region over the period 2012-2013. About one-quarter of Ontario crane operators are found in the region. It is a small trade in the local labour market, with a labour force of about 1,300 at the time of the 2006 census. Prospects depend heavily on conditions in construction as about 40% of workers are employed in the sector. Current condominium and high rise construction activity along with other non-residential projects should support fairly strong demand for these tradespersons. Skilled operators from outside the region normally supplement the local workforce during periods of high demand.
In Ontario, employment prospects for crane operators are expected to be average over the period 2012-2013. This is a smaller skilled trade in Ontario; it had a labour force of about 5,400 at the time of the 2006 Census. Prospects in this trade depend largely on economic conditions in the two main industries in which employment is concentrated - manufacturing and construction. Manufacturing-based opportunities have strengthened over the last year, with some employment recovery in this sector. Demand in the construction sector has been fairly strong over the last few years with greater opportunities in non-residential construction.
Many crane operators are members of the International Union of Operating Engineers and find work opportunities through their membership.
Local Labour Market News
Week of Apr 22 – Apr 26, 2013
- The Canadian Jewish News will stop publishing in June affecting 50 employees in Toronto and Montreal
Week of Apr 15 – Apr 19, 2013
- Hudson's Bay Company will open an outlet store at the Premium Outlet mall in Halton Hills this summer
- The Scarborough Hospital eliminated 98 positions as part of a cost-savings plan. The Hospital expects to cut additional positions to help meet budget targets.
Week of Apr 08 – Apr 12, 2013
- Nordstrom Inc. announced that it will open a second location in Toronto in the fall of 2016 at the Yorkdale Shopping Centre. The Centre will also undergo a $331M expansion starting in January 2014.
- Construction will start on the Eglinton Crosstown Light Rail Transit tunnel in Toronto in May. The transit line will be 19km long and is expected to be in service by 2020.
- Colibri Technologies Inc. will receive up to $900,000 through the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario for product development. The company expects to create as many as 17 full-time jobs in Toronto with an additional 130 jobs by 2016.
- ThoughtWire, a Toronto-based software company, will receive up to $955,000 through the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario for product development. The company is expected to create 29 new jobs.
- Sentient Magnetics Inc. received funding through the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario for product development, creating up to 19 full-time positions in Schomberg, with an additional six jobs by 2017
- Canadian National Railways will convert an existing warehouse in Brampton to an office building. The project is expected to cost $8.3M and the new facility will accommodate up to 300 staff.
- The Retail Council of Canada, in partnership with the City of Toronto, will host the Retail Job Fair on April 30, 2013 at the Toronto Reference Library
Week of Apr 01 – Apr 05, 2013
- Maple Reinders Engineering and Construction Ltd. of Mississauga will start construction on a new wastewater treatment plant in Clarington in early spring. The project is expected to cost $28.8M and will take approximately two years to complete.
- The Coca-Cola Company opened its new Canadian headquarters in downtown Toronto. The facility will be able to accommodate 400 employees.
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