48-Crane, hoist and related plant operators

Job Title: 

Crane, hoist and related plant operators

Job Description: 

Operate, monitor and maintain stationary and mobile cranes and other hoisting equipment.


Operate or tend hoists or winches to lift and pull loads using power-operated cable equipment. Excludes ?Crane and Tower Operators?. Maybe required to be licensed, registered or certified to be permitted to work by a government authority, agency or approved certifying body


Job activities and tasks include:

  • operating and monitoring stationary or mobile cranes by raising and lowering jibs and booms, to lift, move, position or place equipment and materials
  • operating and monitoring equipment for hoisting, lowering or raising workers and materials on construction sites or in mines
  • operating and monitoring lifts and similar equipment
  • operating and monitoring machinery used to haul ferry or barge with goods, passengers and vehicles across short stretches of water
  • operating and monitoring machinery to open and close bridge for the passage of road and water traffic
  • operating and monitoring cranes equipped with dredging attachments to dredge waterways and other areas
  • operating cranes mounted on boats, barges, derricks to lift, move and place equipment and materials
  • operating compressed air, diesel, electric, gasoline, or steam-driven hoists or winches in order to control movement of cableways, cages, derricks, draglines, loaders, railcars, or skips
  • moving or repositioning hoists, winches, loads and materials, manually or using equipment and machines such as trucks, cars, and hand trucks
  • selecting loads or materials according to weight and size specifications:
  • signalling and assisting other workers loading or unloading materials
  • attaching, fastening, and disconnecting cables or lines to loads, materials, and equipment, using hand tools
  • applying hand or foot brakes and move levers to lock hoists or winches
  • oiling/greasing, inspecting and maintaining plant, equipment and tools including also such particular components as winch drums, cables and associated devices

Knowledge of capacity and configuration of rigging materials and hardware, types of tools and equipment required for specific tasks, hand signals, symbols used to identify potential hazards, manufacturers? specifications and first aid requirements

  • Knowledge of uses and maintenance of hand and power tools
  • Knowledge of maintaining measuring and testing equipment
  • Knowledge of types and uses electronic tracking instruments
  • Knowledge of types and uses of rigging and lifting equipment
  • Knowledge of securing loads and unattended plant and equipment
  • Knowledge of materials handling, sediment and spill control procedures
  • Knowledge of surveying tools and instruments, types and uses
  • Knowledge of map types and uses as well as drawings and plans
  • Knowledge of methods of approach such as accessing underground and overhead obstacles such as building protrusions, roof overhangs, overhead powerlines, sand, bridges and overpasses, and determine if an alternate approach are possible or needed
  • Knowledge of principles, concepts and techniques of cranes, hoists and related plant types and operations including pre, during and post inspections and maintenance
  • Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, and their applications
  • Knowledge of the practical application of engineering and material science and technology associates with the use of cranes, hoists and related plant types and operations
  • Knowledge of materials, transportation processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective and timely transportation or haulage of products and goods to destination
  • Knowledge of drawing techniques, symbols, tools, and principles involved in the uses of maps, sketches, plans, drawings including layout and multi-dimensional layouts, schematics, plans, models
  • Knowledge of emergency response requirements in the loading, unloading, transportation of hazardous and toxic materials
  • Deploying designated response procedures in emergency situations
  • Using, inspecting and maintaining a variety of cranes, hoists and/or related plant safely and to requirements
  • Using communication and IT information systems to report unusual incidents, malfunctioning equipment, or maintenance being performed on cranes, hoists and related plant types and equipment
  • Obtaining and seeing to the appropriate use of equipment, facilities, and materials needed to do certain work
  • Identifying problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions. Including troubleshooting and determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/assessing performance of oneself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action
  • Quality Control Analysis - Conducting tests and inspections of cranes, hoists and related plant types and operations performance to evaluate quality or effectiveness of on-time delivery
  • Science - Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems
  • Physics - Knowledge and prediction of physical principles, laws, their interrelationships, and applications to understanding fluid, material, and atmospheric dynamics, and mechanical, electrical, atomic and sub-atomic structures and processes
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences
  • Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future
  • Work Context: 

    Work on a range of projects and sites. Usually work regular business hours, but may need to work evenings and weekends, shift work or be on call and work from a assigned site. It may involve hot, dusty and isolated or remote location work. May also, require regular travel between various locations or sites to conduct work.


    Secondary School Certificate, Certificate in stationary and mobile cranes, hoisting equipment operations or related field of work, higher qualification or equivalent.

    Required Work Experience: 

    2 - 3 year and above

    Probable Employers: 

    Abu Dhabi Ports Company (ADPC), ADWEA, TRANSCO, ADDC, DEWA, Etihad Airways, Emirates Airline, EMAL, DUBAL, Emirates Steel

    Occupational Size: 
    More than 30,000
    Expected Earnings: 

    Above the industry average

    Projected Growth: 
    Very good
    Alternate Titles: 

    Examples of job titles:
    Cable car operator - Chair-lift operator - Crane operator - Funicular driver - Hoist operator - Mine cage operator - Ski lift operator
    Examples of some related occupations:
    Lineman - Hoistman - Material handler - Electrical traveling overhead crane operator (ETOC Operator) - Hoist operator - Service operator - Winch derrick operator

    UAE Industry Groups: 
    International Careers(ISCO): 
    Source Of Info: 
    Occupations and Careers Handbook for UAE Nationals(Copyright NQA ). Referenced from New York University, Abu Dhabhi