Hoisting Engineer

Operate drum hoists that control the movements of cableways or loaders.
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Quick Stats

Salary Range
$25,000 – $67,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Hoisting Engineers do?

Operates compressed air, diesel, electric, gasoline, or steam drum hoists to control movement of cableways, cages, derricks, draglines, loaders, railcars, or skips to move workers and materials for construction, logging, mining, sawmill, and other industrial operations: Starts hoist engine and moves hand and foot levers to wind or unwind cable on drum. Moves brake lever and throttle to stop, start, and regulate speed of drum in response to hand, bell, telephone, loud-speaker, or whistle signals or by observing dial indicator or marks on cable. May fire boiler on steam hoist. May operate hoist with more than one drum. May repair, maintain, and adjust equipment. May be designated according to equipment controlled as Cableway Operator; Cage Operator; Gin-Pole Operator; Inclined-Railway Operator; Skip-Hoist Operator. May transfer logs from trucks to railroad cars and be designated Transfer Engineer.

Should I be a Hoisting Engineer?

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.
  • Independent: You enjoy flying solo and doing things your own way.
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.

  • Also known as: Skip Hoist Engineer

    How to become a Hoisting Engineer

    Most Hoisting Engineers have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9daaaa&chl=no+college+%2868%25%29|certificate+%2832%25%29||||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,68,68
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