Role and Responsibilities
In simple terms, the role of a Crane Operator is to operate cranes for lifting, moving, and positioning heavy objects on site.
The main responsibilities of a Crane Operator include:
- Completing lifting duties safely and efficiently
- Conducting daily machine safety checks
- Maintaining accurate records of daily activities
- Fitting an assortment of lift attachments
- Monitoring crane stability and load weights
- Working with riggers, slingers, and signallers
Average Annual Salary
Due to the specialised nature of their job role, Crane Operators can often earn a competitive salary – particularly if they have experience and expertise.
According to the National Careers Service, the average UK salary for Crane Operator ranges from £20,000 – £37,000.
The most common qualification employers require from Crane Operators is a CPCS Trained Operator Card (Red Card). To achieve this card you must:
- Pass the relevant CPCS theory and practical tests
- Pass the CITB Health, Safety & Environment test
Training Courses in Berkshire
Since there are a variety of different cranes types, it’s important that you choose the CPCS course that is most relevant for you. Here at BAM CT, we offer:
3 Reasons To Become a Crane Operator
1. Job Stability
The need for workers that are skilled in crane operation is consistently strong, as many different industries require the use of cranes on site. As a result, you can confidently navigate the job market, knowing that your services are needed.
2. Job Variety
Crane operators often work on a variety of job sites, helping to contribute to a range of different projects. Each project brings new challenges, such as working in confined spaces, which can help to keep the job interesting and engaging.
3. Career Growth
Being a Crane Operator offers many opportunities for career advancement. With experience, as well as additional training and qualifications, there is the potential to progress into higher-paying roles such as a supervisor or instructor.
Ready to kickstart your career with help from BAM CT?
For any questions and enquiries, contact the team on 01189 790 030.