Under minimal supervision, Mobile Crane Operators are required to plan their work from either a written or verbal work order. They are required to work under all kinds of environmental and hazardous conditions, sometimes in confined spaces. They may be
responsible for the operation of a wide range of makes, models and types of conventional (friction) and hydraulic cranes, on public roadways, closed job sites or marine settings.
They may also be required to perform minor repairs and maintenance on the machines and related equipment.
Mobile Crane Operators must have a good mechanical aptitude, basic math skills and be able to communicate effectively with all job site personnel and supervisors. Physically, they must have a good level of stamina and sense of balance. They must have good eyesight and excellent depth perception. Operators must be able to work safely for long hours, under stress and with the pressure of deadlines. They may also be required to pass a drug and alcohol test prior to employment with a contractor.
The duration of this Level 2 course is 7 weeks, consisting of 4 weeks theory and 3 weeks practical. At the end of the course, apprentices must successfully complete both the completion final exam, as well as the Interprovincial Red Seal Examination. Building on the Crane Common Core (Level 1), the course includes the following training components:
- Cranes, Knowledge
- Transportation and Delivery, Knowledge and Practical
- Site Planning and Crane Positioning, Knowledge and Practical
- Crane Operations, Knowledge and Practical
- Maintenance and Service, Knowledge and Practical
- Lattice Boom, Knowledge and Practical
Apprentices continue with work-based learning, completing defined competencies and operational hours. Finally, apprentices must undergo an operator assessment in accordance with WorkSafeBC regulations
- Minimum Grade 10 (or equivalent); Grade 12 preferred
- Valid Class 3 Driver’s License with airbrake endorsement; Class 1 recommended
- OETA Trade Assessment Exam
- Crane Common Core (Level 1)
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How to apply
Contact the Training Association and ask for an application. Complete the application and submit it—along with your resume, appropriate reference materials and a copy of your driver’s license—to the nearest IUOE Local 115 office. That package will to be forwarded to the Operating Engineers Training Association.
In addition, successful completion of the OETA Trade Assessment Examination is required of all applicants.
Qualified applicants’ files will go before a selection committee. Successful applicants will be assigned to the class upon confirmation of their ability to attend.
JEFF GORHAM (604) 473-5255
RANDY GRISEWOOD (604) 473-5270