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Crane drivers

£20,280 Average salary at age 20
£44,200 Average Salary
57 Average hours per week


Crane drivers supervise and undertake the operation of cranes, jib cranes, power driven hoisting machinery and power driven stationary engines to raise and lower mine and other cages, and to lift and move equipment, materials, machinery and containers.

Main Tasks

  • Gives signals for movement of cage carrying workers/equipment;
  • Starts crane or engine motor and checks that cables run freely and that brakes and drum(s) are working;
  • Manipulates levers, switches and pedals to rotate jibs into position and turns winding drum to raise or lower hook, bucket or other holding equipment;
  • Lifts load or cage, or hauls object into required position and lowers or positions for ground workers to detach, unload or load;
  • Watches control panel for warning lights and indications of wind speed and direction and carrying capacity of crane;
  • Oils and greases machine and checks ropes.


There are no formal academic entry requirements. Training is typically provided on-the-job, supplemented by short courses. Operators are required to hold a Certificate of Training Achievement (CTA) card administered by Construction Skills, demonstrating basic skills and safety awareness.

UK Prospects

13600 Workforce Size
0.12% Predicted growth 2021 - 2027
2667 Predicted Replacement 2021 - 2027

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