The construction industry is booming, and the demand for heavy equipment operators is higher than ever. In particular, crane operators are needed to run these huge machines, which are must-haves on the work site. Crane operators rank at the top of the salary scale for construction jobs. If you’re interested in becoming a crane operator, here’s what you need to know:
First, you have to pass a basic physical assessment. You must be at least 18 years of age, have good hearing, normal vision, normal depth perception, and no history or evidence of seizures. If you meet these conditions, the next step is to choose what type of crane you want to operate (such as overhead cranes or mobile cranes) and enroll in a training program. You’ll learn about topics such as safety operations, crane mechanics, gear maintenance, and construction. Look for a program that offers both classroom and practical, hands-on instruction.
Of course, you’ll have to pass both written and practical exams to graduate. These will cover core and specialty competencies. You’ll have to demonstrate that you can operate an actual crane as well.
Upon graduation, you’ll receive your license and can begin working as an apprentice, as most employers want to hire crane operators with at least two to five years of on-the-job experience. In Georgia, the average hourly wage for a crane operator is $18.75 per hour, but it can be much higher based on experience and the type of crane being operated.
If you are interested in becoming a crane operator, consider training with Crane Safety Associates of America, Inc. We have over 35 years of experience offering the best mobile and overhead crane training programs and crane safety instruction. To get started on your crane operator certification, give us a call today at 770-898-4411!