Profession production plant crane operator

Production plant crane operators operate the basic technologic cranes during the production process at the given unit by lifting and moving loads (bales, containers, buckets and other facilities) with raw and other materials.

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Personality Type


  • Operate lifting equipment

    Transport heavy objects using lifting equipment such as cranes, forklifts etc.

  • Determine the load's centre of gravity

    Establish the centre of gravity of the load moved by a crane or other machinery or equipment in order to ensure optimal and safe movement.

  • Liaise with the transported goods' workers

    Communicate and work with the relevant parties involved regarding the transportation of goods.

  • Handle cargo

    Manage safely the mechanical elements in the loading and unloading of cargo and stores. Stowing and unstowing of products following instructions.

  • Operate cranes

    Operate cranes to move, position, lift or place machinery, equipment or other large objects at various locations.

  • Apply various lifting techniques

    Use different methods for lifting heavy objects using a crane.

  • Operate railway lever frames

    Operate mechanical lever frames housed in signal boxes. Understand different applications of levers such as interlocking or signal receiving; read and comprehend the track diagram and signalling layout mounted above the lever frame. Operate hand-powered interlockings, power frames, mechanical, pneumatic or electric levers.

  • 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.

  • Determine crane load

    Calculate weight of crane loads; compare weighing results to lifting capacities in order to prevent overload and ensure safety.

Optional knowledge and skills

maximise efficiency of crane operations communicate using non-verbal language guide cranes operate mobile crane follow manufacturing work schedule crane load charts maintain crane equipment perform minor repairs to equipment ferrous metal processing perform high risk work set up crane provide advice to technicians non-ferrous metal processing

Source: Sisyphus ODB