Employment Opportunities for Crane Operators and Riggers
Becoming a crane operator in the construction industry is easier said than done. Crane Operators hold many responsibilities on a construction site. Common duties include: handling equipment, performing moves, collaborating with other workers, using remote consoles, lifting heavy objects, settling loads and more. At the core of this position, should be an operator who loves the equipment they run. Because the equipment needs to operate at peak performance, an operator should be familiar with the nuts and bolts of the machine - the better you know your machines the easier it is to prevent breakdowns.
It’s becoming increasingly difficult for construction companies to find skilled labor. In fact, a recent study shows that understaffed construction companies experienced negative impacts, including:
- Inability to bid on work
- Lose out to competition
- Decrease in company growth
A Career in Crane Operation
Working at a construction company as a crane operator has many benefits, including salary, job growth, and the ability to immediately start in the workforce after leaving school. Professionals can enter this trade skill at any time without the need of a degree. Certifications aren’t always necessary, but can help expand your career in the crane operating trade. This means that you can start making money immediately without spending tens of thousands of dollars on schooling.
Learn more about the growing need for qualified crane operators below:
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As a trained operator, you want to work for a company you can be proud of. There are several construction companies looking for skilled professionals, but what are the qualities you should be looking for?
What Sets A Construction/Crane Company Apart From The Others?
- Location, Location, Location — Many companies only cover small geographic areas, usually the area surrounding their town or city. This can limit the amount of jobs available for a crane operator, since there is a limited area to cover. There are companies, however, who cover larger geographical areas by having locations across different states and regions in order to give crane operators more job opportunities and room to grow. Larger companies allow you to switch between various branch locations without losing the momentum of your job, so that you won’t be thrown to a lower paying position for moving.
- Job Length — Smaller companies often handle smaller projects, which means they are either over quickly or crane operators are only needed for a small portion of the job. Some companies cover long-term projects, which often offer more money for operators and riggers.
- It's All in the Machines — Companies with modern fleets have a large advantage over their competitors when it comes to bidding for jobs. Modern equipment allows crane operators to work with the most advanced technology in the construction industry, and also ensures your safety as an operator.
- Room to Grow — Companies that advance are the companies that value their employees. Starting as a mechanic or operator trainee is a great entry point that often leads to upward mobility to higher, better paying positions and sometimes the opportunity to run a branch or division of the company.
- Benefits — As stated in the infographic, many companies are working on offering the best compensation and benefits packages in order to ensure that they’re operators are taken care of. Benefits can range anywhere from competitive salaries, investment opportunities, health coverage and paid vacation.
As a leader in the heavy rigging industry since 1960 with various locations in New Mexico and Texas, Crane Service Inc. offers on-the-job training, internal promotions, and competitive benefits . With a massive fleet, the highest safety standards, and an in-depth knowledge of equipment, we welcome anyone who is interested in joining the crane operation trade. Visit our careers page for more information.