Tractor Crane Operator

Operate diesel-, gasoline-, or electric-powered cranes.
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Salary Range
$29,000 – $79,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Tractor Crane Operators do?

Operates diesel-, gasoline-, or electric-powered crane mounted on crawler treads to lift and move material and objects: Starts engine and drives crane to work site, steering crane by moving levers and pressing pedals that control motion of crawler treads. Pushes and pulls levers and presses pedals in response to hand signals to rotate crane on chassis and raise and lower crane boom and loadline. May lubricate motor and moving parts of crane. May be designated according to attachment as Clamshell Operator I; Demolition-Crane Operator I; Electromagnet-Crane Operator I; Orange-Peel Operator I.


Should I be a Tractor Crane Operator?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • High Achiever: You love the challenge of tackling difficult work.
  • Calm Under Pressure: You keep your cool when dealing with highly stressful situations.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.

  • Also known as: Tractor-Crane Engineer, Traveling-Crane Operator

    How to become a Tractor Crane Operator

    Most Tractor 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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