Hoisting Engineer - Tower Crane Operator

Certificate of Qualification 339B

“My job is challenging, but hugely rewarding. It is important to be alert and to constantly monitor the environment around the crane.”

Tower Crane Operator maintains & operates tower cranes to lift, move, position and place materials and equipment, working in construction, surface mining, shipbuilding, offshore drilling rigs and railway settings.


  • 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

  • Heavy Industrial Construction

  • Institutional and Commercial Construction

  • Engineering Construction

  • Self Employed

Apprenticeship Program

3000 hours of on-the-job training, supplemented by one 6-week and one 3-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

Journeyperson Wage Rate

$56.49/Hr (Based on the Greater Toronto-Hamilton Area wages, 2024)

Did you know?

The lifespan of a tower crane structure can be 20 or 30 years, or more.

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