Truck Crane Operator

Run a mobile crane from the back of a truck to move materials.
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Salary Range
$29,000 – $79,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Truck Crane Operators do?

Truck Crane Operators control the movement of cranes, stacking concrete slabs together like blocks and hoisting fallen trees like adult-size Lincoln Logs. Construction Workers and Truck Crane Operators work together to direct machines to their places and safely lift heavy objects.

As a Truck Crane Operator, you’re up with the rising sun and you start your day by planning out your schedule for the afternoon. High priority or extensive projects come first, while smaller jobs requiring fewer workers come last in line. Once you’ve organized your schedule, you confirm your plans with the Project Manager to make sure all the necessary equipment is in place for the day.

Most of your time is spent outdoors. You drive the truck around the construction site, and use levers, pedals, and knobs to carefully lower and lift the giant crane. Surprisingly, a good bit of your time is spent outside the truck, double-checking cables and other machine parts for damage. Your main focus is safety, and a snapped cable could spell disaster.

At the end of the day, you clean and lubricate the equipment and store it for the night. Protecting your crane from wind and weather is another important part of construction safety. With your skills, jobs are completed properly and on time.


Should I be a Truck Crane Operator?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.
  • High Achiever: You love the challenge of tackling difficult work.

  • Also known as: Diesel-Truck-Crane Operator, Gasoline-Truck-Crane Operator

    How to become a Truck Crane Operator

    Most Truck 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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