Hoisting Engineer - Mobile Crane Operator

Certificate of Qualification 339A

“I have a very unique job that allows me to challenge myself daily. It’s very rewarding.”

Mobile Crane Operators maintain and operate conventional lattice & telescopic boom mobile cranes that can lift, move, position & place materials and equipment weighing more than 16,000 pounds, such as concrete, steel, gravel and other construction supplies and machinery at construction and industrial sites, ports, factories, warehouses, dockyards or rail yards.


  • Perform pre- and post-operational inspections

  • Prepare, transport, assemble and dismantle mobile cranes

  • Plan crane ‘lifts’ including calculating crane capacity and determining load weight

  • Perform rigging

Key Skills & Attributes

  • Excellent communication skills, often with hand signals

  • Strong depth perception and hand-eye coordination

  • Ability to estimate distances and load weights

  • Working outdoors

Employment Sectors

  • Institutional and Commercial Construction

  • New Home Building and Renovation

  • Heavy Industrial Construction

  • Self Employed

  • Engineering Construction

Apprenticeship Program

6000 hours of on-the-job training, supplemented by one 6-week, one 4-week, and one 2-week block of in-class technical training.

Entrance Requirements

  • Attend an Information Session

  • High school transcript or high school diploma (equivalent GED)

  • Resume & Cover Letter

  • Pass Trade Entrance Exam

  • Valid Ontario driver’s licence

  • AZ License for Crane Rental

Journeyperson Wage Rate

$54.96/Hr (Based on the Greater Toronto-Hamilton Area wages, 2024)

Did you know?

Mobile cranes could potentially lift anywhere from 10 to 60 tonnes, depending on their size and mobility.

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