If you would like to have a career as an overhead crane operator, you will…
I know there are some in the construction industry who consider mobile crane operators to be second class operators – real operators drive huge fixed construction cranes. Let me let you in on a couple of secrets – first, there are three times more mobile cranes than fixed cranes; second, mobile crane operators have a more diverse career; and finally, operating a mobile crane takes more skills compared to operating a fixed crane.
One of the benefits enjoyed by mobile crane operators is the flexibility they provide. An urgent job comes in that requires a crane, send in a mobile crane. A fixed crane is just that – they are often assembled on site (at least in part) and can take weeks to move. That makes them fairly useless when it comes to urgent worked required on another site. All cranes have their uses, and that does include fixed cranes, however, that doesn’t make mobile crane operators second class operators.
When it comes to diversity, you just never know what your next job is going to be when operating a mobile crane. Simple lifts on a building site, complex lifts at a factory, or hazardous jobs such as pulling vehicles out of rivers, or righting overturned trucks could on your agenda – and that’s in one day.
If you pay attention while out driving, you’ll notice mobile cranes on the road. Some of these cranes are huge, at least the length of long distance trucks, sometimes even longer. Simply stabilizing these large mobile cranes can become complex. A career as a mobile crane operator starts with good quality mobile crane operator training that includes plenty of in-the-seat training. Get that training right, and you’ll have a long and happy career – you’ll certainly not be a second class operator.