Sector: Manufacturing

Crane Operator

A crane operator career could be for you if…
Your skills include operation & control, operations monitoring and critical thinking.
Your interests can be described as realistic, investigative and conventional.
Your values include support, independence and working conditions.

Career Overview

Crane operators in the forest industry operate mechanical boom and cable or tower and cable equipment to lift and move materials, machines, or products in many directions where maneuverability is restricted, and accuracy is critical. Some operators may use RF scans to enter PO numbers for various products. You may also do material handling work like stacking lumber and getting it ready for shipping. Being a crane operator is a fast-paced, physically demanding job that requires attention to detail and good hand-eye coordination.

Other job titles include: crane operator, heavy equipment operator, machine operator, mobile crane operator, overhead crane operator, port crane operator, scrap crane operator, winchman, woodyard crane operator

Education and Training

Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate degree.


National Average Annual Salary
$37,680.00 - $93,410.00
National Average Hourly Salary
$18.12 - $44.91
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