Hoisting Engineer: Mobile Crane Operator, Br.1

Mobile Crane Operator Branch 1 Trades Qualification and Apprenticeship Act
Compulsory Trade
Designated Red Seal Trade

Trade Code 339A
NOC 7371


A hoisting engineer, also referred to as a Mobile Crane Operator (Branch 1), maintains and operates mobile cranes that are capabile of raising, lowering or moving material weighing more than 16,000 pounds. 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
  • Being able to assemble and dismantle cranes
  • Performing rigging and setting up the cranes
  • Operating hydraulic cranes and conventional friction cranes
  • Performing regular maintenance on 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, some employers will require Grade 12
  • Completion of a 3 year apprenticeship program at 2,000 hours per year
  • If you have completed 6,000 hours of on the job experience/training but have not completed the apprenticeship program you may be eligible to challenge the Certificate of Qualification
  • Refer to www.oetio.com for up-to-date information on the training requirements

Training Availability

Trade Related Programs
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 Avenue
Whitby ON L1N 6A7
905-721-3300 durhamcollege.ca

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

Potential Earnings

  • Apprentices progress initially from 40% to 80% of a journeyperson’s wages over time
  • Mobile crane operators earn more while operating the crane than while driving to the site
  • Wages 1 ange from $17.00 – $19.00 for junior apprentices and $31 – $34 and hour for journeypeople, excluding overtime.

Prospects For Employment

  • Ratio journeyperson/apprentice is 1:1
  • Employment 1 is expected to be balanced for 2012 and 2014 and then good through 2019
  • 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
  • Employers who employ first and second year apprentices can apply for the Apprenticeship Job Creation Tax Credit
  • Apprentices are able to apply for the Apprenticeship Incentive Grant
  • Apprentices may also be able to apply for the Tradesperson’s Tools Tax Deduction
  • Apprentices who complete their apprenticeship and earn their Certificate of Qualification are eligible for the Apprenticeship Completion Grant