Hoisting Engineer: Tower Crane Operator (Tower Crane Operator)
Introduction
Hoisting engineers: tower crane operators operate tower cranes to lift, move, position and place materials and equipment.
Essential Skills Requirements:
 
Safety-related Activities
Reading
Ability to understand short instructions and warnings written on signs and labels posted on machinery. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to read instructions about work permits and tagout procedures. (Complexity: 2)
Ability to understand written instructions in safety bulletins and Material Safety Data Sheets. (Complexity: 2)
Ability to understand and interpret regulations that govern occupational health and safety. (Complexity: 3 or higher)
Document Use
Ability to identify icons used in WHMIS, fire control and other hazard management systems. (Complexity: 1)
Writing
Ability to write text entries in forms to describe events leading up to incidents or accidents. (Complexity: 2)
Thinking
Ability to evaluate the severity of equipment faults by considering factors such as readings, noise levels, pressures, temperatures and vibrations. (Complexity: 2)
Ability to evaluate the safety of equipment and the severity of workplace hazards. (Complexity: 3 or higher)
 
Crane Operation
Reading
Ability to interpret information contained in a variety of repair, service and procedure manuals. (Complexity: 3 or higher)
Ability to understand and interpret written codes and by-laws applicable to crane operation such as the safety code for tower cranes. (Complexity: 3 or higher)
Ability to understand and interpret written standards and procedures for crane operation including set-up and rigging. (Complexity: 3 or higher)
Document Use
Ability to locate data such as weights and quantities in simple lists and tables. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to locate information such as dimensions using basic scale drawings. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to locate information such as the positions of parts using simple assembly drawings. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to scan gauges and digital readouts for operating data such as revolutions per minute, electrical readings and capacities. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to use legends and symbols found on technical drawings. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to locate information such as load weights, distances, clearances and the directions of lifts using lift planning sheets. (Complexity: 2)
Ability to locate boom elevation, boom angle and operating range data in range diagrams. (Complexity: 3 or higher)
Ability to locate data in load charts to determine lift capacities of different crane configurations. (Complexity: 3 or higher)
Ability to locate data such as rope weights, classifications, configurations and loads in complex tables. (Complexity: 3 or higher)
Ability to use complex scale drawings to identify set-up locations, load placements and lift obstructions. (Complexity: 3 or higher)
Thinking
Ability to make operational decisions during lifts such as when to start, stop and vary the speed and direction of lifts. (Complexity: 2)
Digital Technology - Other Digital Technology
Ability to use on-board load management systems to monitor percentages of crane capacities used, weigh suspended loads, enter configuration data and access load charts and operational specifications. (Complexity: 2)
 
General Administrative Duties
Reading
Ability to read reminders and short notes from co-workers to coordinate work activities. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to understand short written comments on forms such as crane inspection sheets. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to use legends and symbols found on technical drawings. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to read bulletins and memos to learn about policy changes, administrative details and production concerns. (Complexity: 2)
Document Use
Ability to enter data such as dates and times into safe work cards and log books. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to enter data such as readings and quantities into forms such as inspection forms, safe work cards and crane logs. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to complete equipment repair forms by entering dates, identification numbers and brief descriptions of faults. (Complexity: 2)
Writing
Ability to write reminders and short notes to co-workers. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to write short text entries in forms such as work orders, application forms and supply requests. (Complexity: 1)
Thinking
Ability to choose tools and work procedures for common tasks. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to deal with minor equipment breakdowns and malfunctions. (Complexity: 1)
Oral Communication - Listening
Ability to understand short spoken statements such as a simple instruction or question. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to understand moderately complex spoken statements such as instructions involving multiple steps. (Complexity: 2)
Oral Communication - Speaking
Ability to ask simple questions and explain simple thoughts, instructions and opinions using appropriate language. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to explain moderately complex thoughts, instructions and opinions using appropriate tone and language. (Complexity: 2)
 
Use of Mathematics
Whole Numbers
Ability to add, subtract, multiply and divide whole numbers. (Complexity: 2)
Fractions
Ability to add, subtract, multiply and divide fractions. (Complexity: 2)
Decimals
Ability to add, subtract, multiply and divide decimals. (Complexity: 2)
Percents and Mixed Operations
Ability to use percent to locate numbers and complete mixed operations with whole numbers, fractions, percents and decimals. (Complexity: 2)
Data Analysis
Ability to calculate and use totals, sub-totals and basic summary measures like averages and rates; perform proportional calculations. (Complexity: 2)
Geometry - Basic Skills
Ability to analyze and draw lines and line segments; use coordinates to locate points in a plane; calculate angles; use concepts such as parallelism to solve problems. (Complexity: 2)
Geometry - Plane Figures
Ability to calculate perimeters, areas and circumferences; analyze angles and distances in triangles, rectangles and circles; analyze complex shapes into constituent plane figures. (Complexity: 2)
Measurement
Ability to measure things such as distances, weights, volumes, temperatures and angles; use and convert between Metric and Imperial measurement units. (Complexity: 2)
Algebra
Ability to construct and solve equations with one to three different variables and use common formulas. (Complexity: 2)
Trigonometry
Ability to use trigonometry to identify and calculate the unknown lengths and angles of triangles. (Complexity: 2)