Winch Driver

Operate steam or electric winch.
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Quick Stats


Salary Range
$25,000 – $67,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Winch Drivers do?

Operates steam or electric winch to hoist or lower cargo in or out of ship’s hold: Inspects booms, lashings, and wire rope to assure safe operation. Moves levers to raise, lower, and turn load. Follows hand signals of HATCH TENDER to control movement of load when it is obscured. May alternate work with HATCH TENDER.


Should I be a Winch Driver?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Independent: You enjoy flying solo and doing things your own way.
  • Ready for a Challenge: You jump into new projects with initiative and drive.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.

  • Also known as: Dragger, Winch Runner, Winch Stripper

    How to become a Winch Driver

    Most Winch Drivers 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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