A Tower Crane Operator must have the ability to transport, lift and move heavy loads by using a travelling or stationary crane with extreme precision. This job requires a person who can work as part of a team, follow directions and be comfortable using giant machinery.

Excellent hand-eye coordination.

Excellent vision or use of prescribed lenses.

Excellent depth perception/ communication skills.


  • Operating cranes to lift, move or place equipment and materials.
  • Work in a variety of settings, such as warehouses, ports, construction and industrial sites and surface mines.
  • Carefully analyze each and every job ticket and ensure the safety of those around them and the materials being moved.
  • Inspecting cranes and calculating capacities.
  • Assembling tower cranes on-site.
  • Performing routine crane maintenance such as cleaning and lubricating.

Key Skills & Attributes

(technical training and on the job)

  • Comfortable with heights/confined spaces.
  • Excellent manual dexterity, flexibility and physical strength.
  • Critical thinking under pressure.
  • Fast reaction time.
  • Good understanding of mathematics.
  • Great decision-making skills.

What You’ll Need

Entrance Requirements

Apprenticeship Program: 3-4 years, includes technical training, on-the-job training and exam. Journeyperson certificate awarded after successful completion.

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Hourly Pay

Approx. $36-$37

(Based on journeyperson)

Projected Construction Worker Retirements

~ 8,100 by 2029*

*BuildForce Canada

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