A crane operator is a construction professional. After participating in a formal apprenticeship program and in some states, obtaining licensing, these professionals operate,inspect and maintain cranes at construction sites and in other industrial environments.
A crane operation is responsible for inspecting the condition of the work site prior to setting up his crane. After setting up his machine he manipulates it to hoist position and/or transport material such as machinery, equipment and other construction products. He must be aware of how much material can be lifted safely based upon weather conditions and the capacity of the crane. Additionally, he inspects and maintains his crane against any defect or malfunctions.
A crane operator must be physically fit to perform all of his assigned duties effectively. Good eyesight is also an important physical quality required to be successful in this profession. Dexterity and balance is crucial it maintaining safety. The operator must also possess a valid driver's license for operating a mobile crane. Perhaps the most important quality for any candidate seeking entry into this filed is an aptitude and interest in the operation of machinery. The candidate must also be comfortable working in unpleasant and hazardous environments.