Cantilever Crane Operator

Operate electrically powered cranes equipped with cantilevers.
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Salary Range
$29,000 – $79,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Cantilever Crane Operators do?

Operates electrically powered crane equipped with cantilevers on which hoisting gear is supported to load or unload container cargo from vessels: Moves controls or levers and presses pedals to activate electrical power, move tower in position alongside vessel, and lower cantilever over deck or hold of vessel. Moves controls to lower hoisting gear for attachment of sling to container, lift and move container along cantilever, and lower and position container on dock, or on vessel deck or hold. Raises cantilever to vertical position when positioning crane to avoid hitting superstructure of vessel. May follow hand signals of other worker. May operate cantilever crane equipped with clamshell to load or unload bulk materials.


Should I be a Cantilever Crane Operator?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.

  • How to Become a
    Cantilever Crane Operator

    Most Cantilever Crane Operators have a Certificate or no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Associate's degree to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:98baaa&chl=no+college+%2850%25%29|certificate+%2849%25%29|associate%27s+%281%25%29|||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,50,50
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