As a Lifting Technician (aka Crane Operator), you’ll prepare and operate different cranes to lift and place a variety of loads in the workplace.
You’ll play a vital role by supporting site projects in which you’ll have responsibility for operating the crane to lift materials and equipment to designated work areas on a construction site.
Be a big part of the rising construction industry and among the cranes that dominate some of our UK skylines. However, make sure you have a head for heights and prepared to work flexibly as working hours can vary.
There’s three routes you can go down as a Construction Lifting Technician:
- Tower Crane – Static cranes used predominantly on construction projects giving key benefits of height and
- Crawler Crane – Cranes mounted on tracks used in a variety of applications including construction, ports and heavy engineering. Cranes are mobile and able to achieve heavy
- Mobile Cranes – Wheeled cranes used in a large variety of applications where lifting is required. Cranes are mobile on wheels and often travel to the job site using the public.
Top 5 Tasks
- Prepare and operate cranes to lift and transfer loads
- Control equipment with levers, wheels or foot pedals
- Ensure that travel routes are clear, avoid lifting over other people, as loads can be slung
- Move material according to a plan
- Set up and repairing equipment.
A Lifting Technician starting out will typically earn around £25,000 and those at a more senior and experienced level will earn much more, approximately £45,000.
Salaries typically range depending on location, employer and overtime.
Am I Suited?
- Good listener
- Excellent communicator
- Loves machines
- Team player
Although no formal entry qualifications are required, it is generally recommended to achieve four GCSEs, including maths and English, at grade 4 (C) or above, or their equivalents.
While experience may not always be necessary, many employers will value construction site work experience in prospective employees.
On-the-job training, including working under the supervision of an experienced Lifitng Technician, is a common route, this allows for the development of the specific skills and qualifications required for the role.
Similarly, applying for a apprenticeship offers an alternative entry route into the profession. A combination of classroom-based theory and practical training will result in the attainment of a relevant NVQ/SVQ Diploma in Plant Operations and the Construction Plant Competence Scheme (CPCS) Operator card.