Mobile Crane Operator

Mobile crane operators operate mobile cranes to lift, move, position and place materials and equipment. They perform pre-operational inspections. They calculate crane capacities, determine load weight, and set up, position and stabilize the crane before the lift. Mobile crane operators have the additional responsibilities of disassembling, traveling and transporting mobile cranes.

NOC: 7371

Designation Year: 1991

Designated Red Seal in: AB, BC, MB, NB, NL, NS, NT, NU, ON, PE, QC, SK
Trade title: Mobile Crane Operator, in NB, NL, NS, PE, SK
Other titles used in provinces/territories: Crane and Hoisting Equipment Operator - Branch 1 (Mobile Crane Operator) (MB), Crane and Hoisting Operator – Hydraulic Mobile Crane (NU), Crane and Hoisting Equipment Operator - Mobile Crane (NT, NU), Crane and Hoisting Equipment Operator (Mobile Crane) (AB), Crane Operator (QC), Hoisting Engineer - Mobile Crane Operator 1 (ON), Mobile Crane Operator - Lattice Boom Friction Crane (BC), Mobile Crane Operator - Lattice Boom Hydraulic Crane (BC)


Please note that effective June 1st, 2016, Mobile Crane Operator (Hydraulic) is no longer a designated Red Seal trade. Mobile Crane Operator continues to be a Red Seal trade.

Occupational Standard for current exams

View the most recent standard. This is the complete description of the activities of the Mobile Crane Operator trade. It is used as the basis for the Red Seal exams for this trade.

Essential Skills

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Sample Questions

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Red Seal Exam Breakdown

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Ellis Chart

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