Locomotive Crane Operator

Operate cranes that travel on railroad tracks to lift and move objects.
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Salary Range
$29,000 – $79,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Locomotive Crane Operators do?

Operates crane that travels on railroad tracks to lift and move objects: Starts gasoline or diesel engine. Pushes pedals and pulls levers to move, control speed, and stop crane, turn crane boom, and raise or lower cables attached to load. Inspects and compares weight of load with lifting capacity of crane to ensure against overloading crane. Moves controls to move and position load by sight or at direction of LABORER, HOISTING. Inspects cables and grappling devices for wear. May install or replace cables. May perform maintenance tasks, such as oiling machine. May direct helpers engaged in placing blocking and outrigging under crane when lifting loads. May operate crane in which hoisting mechanism is pneumatically powered. May be designated by type of power unit as Diesel-Locomotive-Crane Operator; Electric-Locomotive-Crane Operator; Gasoline-Locomotive-Crane Operator.

Should I be a Locomotive Crane Operator?

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

  • Also known as: Diesel-Locomotive-Crane Operator, Electric-Locomotive-Crane Operator, Gasoline-Locomotive-Crane Operator

    How to Become a
    Locomotive Crane Operator

    Most Locomotive 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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