November 2019

The Importance of Crane Operator Training

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Every role at a construction site is important. This is especially true when it comes to those who operate the jobsite’s cranes. The importance of crane operator training can’t be overstated. Proper training serves the individual and their team. Without the right education, operators put everyone at risk and disrupt project timelines.

Improves Jobsite Safety

Cranes are huge pieces of machinery that can cause considerable damage. Training teaches operators how to safely use different cranes as well as the safety measures involved with each. Training will also instruct students what to do with damaged, kinked, or twisted wire rope. Understanding what to do in emergency situations is yet another aspect of an operator’s responsibility. With all this in mind, knowing how to properly operate a crane greatly reduces workplace risk.

Proper Training Means Career Advancement

Construction is a growing industry with plenty of employment opportunities—especially for those who wish to pursue a career as a crane operator. A certification from the National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCO) helps provide lasting job security and a stable career path.

Operators Can Specialize by Crane Type

Crane operators are responsible for intense duties, such as lifting, moving, or placing equipment and materials in the work zone. They also assemble towers on-site and perform routine maintenance, such as cleaning and lubrication. Operators begin their training as apprentices who learn in both classroom and on-the-job training under a journeyman’s supervision. Typically, apprentices begin with a high school diploma. Once a future operator completes the apprenticeship, they can get certified to operate different crane types. This includes certification for boom truck operation, mobile crane operation, tower crane operation, forklift operation, and others. All crane operators learn the basic overhead and hoist operations. They are also taught basic rigger, signaling, and inspection practices.


At NessCampbell Crane + Rigging, we believe in the safety of all our operators. Our expert riggers are properly trained for any moving task—big or small. That’s what makes us one of the top crane service companies in the Portland region.