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


  • 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.

  • Blueprints

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


  • Interpret 2D plans

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

  • Inspect crane equipment

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

  • Install crane equipment

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

  • 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.

  • Read standard blueprints

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

  • Interpret 3D plans

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

  • Repair crane equipment

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

  • Conduct routine machinery checks

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

  • 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.

  • Maintain crane equipment

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

  • Set up crane

    Set up cranes taking all safety measures into account.

  • 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.

Optional knowledge and skills

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