Hoisting Engineer: Mobile Crane Operator, Br. 2

Trades Qualification and Apprenticeship Act
Compulsory Trade

Trade Code 339C
NOC 7371


A hoisting engineer, also referred to as a Mobile Crane Operator (Branch 2), is a person who maintains and operates mobile cranes that are capable of raising, lowering or moving material weighing more than 16,000 pounds but less than 30,000 pounds. Upon completion of this apprenticeship you could progress to a Mobile Crane Operator (Branch 1). A “Mobile Crane” is a mechanical device or structure that incorporates a boom and is capable of moving in the vertical and horizontal plane and is able to raise, lower or move a load suspended from the boom, and is mounted on a mobile base or chassis and includes a telescoping or articulated boom. Duties include:

  • Understanding and practicing safety precautions to protect yourself and others
  • Being able to conduct pre-operational inspections, prepare and transport cranes
  • Planning lifts and performing rigging
  • Setting up, operating and maintaining cranes

Personal Qualities

  • You will be required to work outdoors, sometimes at great heights
  • You are an extremely safety conscious person who learns and applies safety rules
  • You can calculate crane capacity and weights carefully
  • You keep calm and cool if things go wrong
  • You communicate well with co-workers to ensure the safety of those on the ground working near your machinery
  • You have good eyesight and hand/eye coordination
  • Review Essential Skills profile for additional skills required www.hrsdc.gc.ca/eng/workplaceskills/LES/index.shtml

Career Opportunities

  • Hoisting engineers work through contractors or directly for commercial building developers, building construction firms, large manufacturing companies and heavy construction firms as well as small and medium companies
  • Some mobile crane operators have their own companies
  • The majority of hoisting engineers are union members

Educational/Training Requirements

  • The minimum entry for apprenticeship is Grade 10; however, many employers require Grade 12
  • Completion of a a 1,000 hour program is required

Training Availability

Trade Related Program

Construction and Hoisting Techniques (Sept. 2011)
Durham College – Whitby Campus
1610 Champlain Ave.
Whitby, ON L1N 6A7
905 721-3000 www.start.durhamcollege.ca

Apprenticeship Training

Durham College – Whitby Campus
1610 Champlain Ave.
Whitby, ON L1N 6A7
905.721.3344 www.start.durhamcollege.ca

Engineers Training Institute of Ontario
Box 636, Lot 12580, Morrisburg ON K0C 1X0
613-543-2911 www.oetio.com

Potential Earnings

  • Apprentices progress towards the journeyperson wages over time
  • Mobile crane operators earn more while operating the crane than while driving to the site
  • Wages 1 range from $16.95 – $37.48 an hour, excluding overtime, with journeypersons earning the higher end of the pay scale.

Prospects For Employment

  • Ratio journeyperson/apprentice is 1:1
  • Employment 1 is expected to be fair through the year 2018
  • Employment opportunities are subject to annual peaks and valleys and are affected by the economy

Financial Incentives

  • Employers who employ first, second and third year apprentices can apply for the Apprenticeship Training Tax Credit
  • Apprentices may be able to apply for the Tradesperson’s Tools Tax Deduction