How To Get A Job As A Crane Operator

As the premier crane hire firm in South England, we have ample experience in hiring crane operators. Every year we see hundreds of applicants hoping to take their career to new heights, and most of them are great candidates. However, in a crowded field, it can sometimes be difficult to stand out. To help you seem unique in comparison to other candidates and learn how to become a successful crane operator, we can provide you with our expert knowledge. Here is our best advice on how to get a job as a crane operator. Make sure your application makes it to the top of the pile by reading more below. When you are ready, apply for one of our Mobile Crane Operator Jobs.

1. Qualifications

Like many construction jobs, a crane operator needs to be fully qualified to work. It is a legal requirement, but it is not just about being by the book; an unqualified crane operator is a dangerous crane operator, and one that poses more of a risk to the project, the team, and the public.

Before you even think about applying for a crane operator position, make sure you have all the correct, up to date qualifications.

The most important of these qualifications are:

An LGV Class 2 license. Previously known as an HGV Class 2, this qualification allows a bearer to operate any vehicle of up to 32 tonnes. A quick glance at our Cranes page will show you that most cranes can weigh up to this amount.
A Mobile Crane CPCS Card. A relevant CPCS card is crucial to any construction job, but as any construction worker will know, there are many to choose from, each focusing on different areas of competence and expertise. Crane operators will need a card specific to the job they are applying for: Appointed Person, Lift Supervisor, Slinger/Signaller, Crawler Crane, or Mobile Crane.

If you don’t have these qualifications, or if yours are out of date, search online to find training and tests near you. From this, you can then learn how to become a crane operator in the UK.

2. Experience

As is the case with any job, previous experience in the same position or similar positions will look very impressive on a CV or application. In the case of a crane operator, make sure you go into detail as to which models of crane you have used, what kind of projects you have used them for and how long you have operated them. Remember that the person reading the application is also a crane expert and wants to know what kind of experience you have, right down to the gear shift functionality.

You may have no or very little experience relevant to the job you are applying for. Luckily, having experience is not essential to becoming a crane operator. As long as you have the relevant qualifications and licenses, you may still be in with a chance.

3. Temperament

No matter how qualified or experienced you are, you still need to display the willpower, contemplation and character to be a crane operator. As detailed in this Guardian article, there is more to becoming a crane operator than simply technical knowledge. Since sitting alone in a soundproof booth high above any colleagues can be an isolated and lonely experience. Good applicants for the job need to prove they can do it without self-destructing.

Staying cool and calm during an interview and always maintaining a level head will give you the best chance at starting your career as a crane operator. These things will all be important in the crane booth, too.

When thinking about how to get a job as a crane operator, it is vitally important to consider all of the aspects mentioned, to give you the best chance of landing a job in the crane operator industry.  

Think you have what it takes to join our team? Have a look at the positions we have available on our Recruitment page and apply today!

If you would like to find out more about how to become a tower crane operator in the UK, do not hesitate to get in touch with a member of our expert team. We can help kick start your career today. Call us on 020 8059 2577 now.

2021-10-18T08:55:25+00:00 January 28th, 2017|Blog|