Career Opportunities in the Crane Industry

There are many different jobs in the crane industry. If you’re seeking a career path in this industry, but aren’t sure about what your choices are, or what type of education and training you will need; listed below are some careers in the crane industry, and the specific training or certification needed for each.

Crane Engineer

Crane engineers can take many career paths in the industry; from electrical engineering to project management. For those interested in electrical engineering, these engineers are most often utilized in the product development and design areas of the industry. Specialty certifications are required for these positions.

Crane Buyers

The crane buyer’s responsibility is to control expenses and increase value. Crane buyers are in charge of making certain that the 5332815c97c111e2a1c022000a1fb718_7-300x300right equipment is purchased for each project, and that it is purchased at the best price to maintain the budget of the construction project. Additional duties include managing the transportation of equipment and keeping track of purchases, documents, and invoices. Buyers usually have a bachelor’s degree and in some cases, a master’s degree may be required.

Crane Operator

Most construction and manufacturing crane operators earn their positions through an apprenticeship. The ACGA (Associated General Contractors of America) and the IUOE (International Union of Operating Engineers) offer apprentice programs in this field. There are also private schools that offer training for aspiring crane operators. The most important part of the job, which is the safety factor, is learned through on-the-job training; and crane operators must be trained to comply with OSHA safety regulations. Some employers may require a professional certification for crane operators provided by the NCCCO (National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators).


Crane inspectors are key to the prevention of accidents on a job site. Inspectors are responsible for detecting safety hazards, equipment defects and malfunctions. One of their most important responsibilities is making sure that all OSHA laws and regulations are followed. The job also includes inspecting rigging, hydraulics, booms, gears, and drums, and they also have the responsibility to inspect load tests. Many institutions offer training and certifications for crane inspectors and the NCCCO now offers its own certification program for inspectors.

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