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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
|Location||Employment Potential||Release Date|
|Toronto Region||(3 of 3 stars)||2012-07-27|
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 NewsWeek of Nov 25 - Nov 29, 2013
- Forest Laboratories Canada Incorporated opened its new pharmaceutical headquarters in Vaughan and may be adding 100 employees over the next 12 to 18 months
- Costco Wholesale opened a third warehouse in Mississauga
- McDonald's Canada opened its largest Ontario location in downtown Toronto
- The new Forensic Services and Coroner's Complex has officially opened in Toronto
- The Future Shop in Newmarket has closed permanently
- More than a dozen new restaurants will open at Toronto Pearson International Airport, in partnership with HMSHost, beginning in summer 2014
- The Peel Regional Police 11 Division in Mississauga will undergo a $9.6M expansion, with construction starting by the end of 2013
- Toronto Western Hospital¿s $174M Krembil Discovery Tower has officially opened
- Bowmanville¿s Gamma-Dynacare Medical Laboratories and newly-added Impact Genetics Incorporated expect to hire more staff in 2014
- The Toronto Star will lay off between 75 and 100 people in its editorial, and finance and administration departments
- The Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences in Whitby will cut 47 positions
- The World¿s Biggest Bookstore, located in Toronto, will close in February 2014, impacting approximately 43 employees
- The Hire Canada Job Fair and Training Expo will be held at the Pearson Convention Centre in Brampton on December 11
- SKF Canada Limited opened its Solution Factory in Toronto, employing 100 people
- Groundbreaking has taken place for Phase II of Brampton's $285M Z¿m transit project and completion is expected by the end of 2017
- Aecon Dragados Joint Venture has been awarded a $177M contract for Toronto's Eglinton Crosstown Light Rail Transit, with tunnelling scheduled to begin in early 2014
- Rainbow Elgin Mills Cinema in Richmond Hill will open on November 20, 2013
- Suitsupply will open its first Canadian store location in Toronto in January 2014
- Nespresso Canada opened its first flagship Boutique Bar in Toronto
- Three new businesses, The Sewing Cafe, White Rabbit Books and Gardinia, recently opened in Georgetown
- ADP Canada has cut 57 positions in its Toronto office
- The Canada Job Expo will take place at the North York Memorial Hall on November 21, 2013
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