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Crane and Hoisting Equipment Operator - Boom Truck

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Crane and hoisting equipment operators service and operate the hoist and swing equipment used to move machinery, materials and other large objects.  Crane and hoisting equipment operators-boom truck operators set up, service and operate hydraulic booms that are mounted on turrets that are affixed to trucks and are capable of moving heavy loads.

Operators manipulate a number of pedals and levers to rotate the crane and raise and lower loads. They often perform all or some of these operations simultaneously.

Certification is required when operating:

  • booms (including telescoping booms and articulating booms possessing live lines) capable of swinging, hoisting and booming up and down with a lifting capacity of greater than 5 tons (4.5 tonnes) and equal to or less than 65 tons (59 tonnes)
  • articulating booms WITHOUT live lines with a lifting capacity of greater than 8 tons (7.3 tonnes) and equal to or less than 65 tons (59 tonnes).

To be authorized to perform Restricted Activities in this designated trade, a worker must be a sponsored apprentice or a certified journeyperson. For more information, see Classes of Individuals.

Trade Updates

An overview of the recent changes to the crane and hoisting equipment operator apprenticeship training programs is available here.

Program Information

Program Information & Requirements
Apprenticeship
  • The term of apprenticeship for a boom truck operator is 1 year (one 12-month period) including a minimum of 1200 hours of on-the-job training and 6 weeks of classroom instruction subject to the training institutes.
  • Apprentices are expected to demonstrate progress in their apprenticeship program within 18 months by engaging in an activity that will lead to the completion of a period of the program.
  • Upon successful completion of the apprenticeship program, the apprentice will receive a journeyperson certificate and an educational credential (Certificate of Achievement).
Trade Qualifier

Program Credit

Category Information
High School Credit

Supporting Resources

 
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Description / Resources
Resources
Trade Information Get important information about the duties, working conditions, and skills and abilities needed to work in this trade. (You will be re-directed to the alis website.)
Job Information View job postings in this trade, and learn about the current job market, average wage and resources for finding a job. (You will be re-directed to the alis website.)
Entrance Requirement You must satisfy the educational requirements or pass the entrance exam to start an apprenticeship program. If you are writing the entrance exam, there are entrance-level competencies to help you prepare, as well as an exam counselling sheet and study guide.
Curriculum Guides Get information on all of the program requirements and what you will learn.
Classroom Instruction View a list of currently scheduled classes.
Financial Assistance Student loans, grants, scholarships and other financial assistance may be available. For more information visit our Financial Assistance section, visit an Apprenticeship and Industry Training office or call toll-free to 1-800-248-4823.
Examinations Get exam counselling sheets for your upcoming apprenticeship, interprovincial or qualification exam.
Recognized Credentials A person who holds a valid recognized credential is permitted to work in Alberta, but some employers may require Alberta documentation as proof that the holder is allowed to work in the trade or that the holder's credential is recognized.
Legislation For more information regarding undertakings, activities, and certification requirements, please review the Designated Trades and Restricted Activities Regulation and the Designated Trades’ Activities and Certification Requirements Order.