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How Can You Become a Crane Operator?

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How to Become a Crane Operator

Becoming a crane operator can be an exciting career choice, especially if you land a job in the film & TV crane industry. It may seem like an easy job, but a lot of hard work has to go into it and you must have the right skills and traits to be suitable for the job. Below, we’ve listed the steps you need to take and what skills and traits you need in order to become a crane operator.

What Skills and Traits Should a Crane Operator Have?

To become a crane operator, you should have the following skills and traits before applying for training:

Physical Strength – cranes are often required to lift very heavy items and although the crane will be doing the heavy lifting, you must also have the strength to manoeuvre it around to where it needs to be.

Manual Dexterity – this means you should have good hand-eye coordination. You’ll be making lots of different movements and need to have full control of the crane in addition to watching everything around you. If your hand-eye coordination is a little off, it could be dangerous.

Sensibility – are you someone that likes to mess around a lot at work? This is not the career choice for you. If you mess around whilst operating a crane, you’ll cause danger to yourself and anyone that may be around you.

Step 1: Get Qualified

The first step to becoming a crane operator is to get a qualification. Seek out a reputable crane operator training programme and apply for it. These training programmes will cover a range of different topics such as safety regulations, crane types, machine maintenance and crane operation.

Step 2: Start Applying

Once you’ve completed your training programme and have a qualification, start looking for places that are advertising jobs. Once you’ve been accepted for a job, you’ll often have to go through more training with the business, especially if you’re working for a good company. Some may even put you on another course to advance your skills further.



If you’d like to find out more about becoming a crane operator, or you’re interested in finding more about cranes in film & TV, get in touch with NMT Film & TV Crane Hire! Call us on 01753 785351 or fill out our contact form.