Profession crane technician

Crane technicians assemble industrial and harbor cranes components. They install conveyors and controls. Crane technicians perform the final assembly on site and maintain and repair cranes.

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Personality Type

  • Realistic / Conventional
  • Realistic / Investigative


  • Blueprints

    Must be able to read and understand blueprints, drawings and plans and maintain simple written records.

  • Mechanics

    Theoretical and practical applications of the science studying the action of displacements and forces on physical bodies to the development of machinery and mechanical devices.


  • Secure crane

    Assemble and fix the crane and its elements so that they will Not move, fall or cause damage under extreme weather conditions. Take the soil composition and stability into account.

  • Install crane equipment

    Install industrial or harbor crane equipment such as conveyor belts, controls, cables and winches and assemble the final product on site.

  • Conform to health and safety regulations

    Carry out all work in accordance with relevant environmental and health and safety legislation, risk assessment requirements and company policies. Take the necessary health and safety precautions during work including posture the body well, safely operate tools and machinery, and wear the right clothes and protection for the climate.

  • Interpret 3D plans

    Interpret and understand plans and drawings in manufacturing processes which include representations in three dimensions.

  • Read standard blueprints

    Read and comprehend standard blueprints, machine, and process drawings.

  • Install electrical and electronic equipment

    Install equipment which is dependent on electric currents or electromagnetic fields in order to work, or equipment to generate, transfer or measure such currents and fields. This equipment includes switchboards, electric motors, generators or direct current systems.

  • Follow safety procedures when working at heights

    Take necessary precautions and follow a set of measures that assess, prevent and tackle risks when working at a high distance from the ground. Prevent endangering people working under these structures and avoid falls from ladders, mobile scaffolding, fixed working bridges, single person lifts etc. since they may cause fatalities or major injuries.

  • Interpret 2D plans

    Interpret and understand plans and drawings in manufacturing processes which include representations in two dimensions.

  • Repair crane equipment

    Repair cranes and crane equipment, and replace defective components, parts and systems when necessary, using hand and power tools.

  • Set up crane

    Set up cranes taking all safety measures into account.

  • Maintain crane equipment

    Ensure appropriate maintenance of crane equipment; identify and report damage and malfunctions. Replace worn or damaged components if necessary.

  • Conduct routine machinery checks

    Check machinery and equipment to ensure reliable performance during use and operations in worksites.

  • Inspect crane equipment

    Inspect the suitability of cables, pulleys, and grappling devices that form parts of cranes. Ensure the ongoing maintenance of this equipment.

Optional knowledge and skills

operate tower crane hydraulics write records for repairs provide technical documentation electricity use rigging tools operate cranes set up tower crane resolve equipment malfunctions prepare compliance documents troubleshoot operate mobile crane advise on safety improvements apply technical communication skills electronics perform risk analysis crane load charts operate railway lever frames use a computer

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