Operating Engineers operate and maintain a variety of large construction vehicles and equipment, from backhoes to the largest cranes. These machines can move on wheels or treads, and they push, pull, scrape, lift, pump or otherwise shift large amounts of material around a job site.
Skills include: numeracy; problem solving; working as part of a team on a busy job site; good communication skills; ability to work in high places; strong depth perception; ability to listen and follow instructions; and good judgment.
Certification is required in Manitoba. To be certified as a crane operator, you usually need to complete a one- to three-year apprenticeship program. Once you successfully complete the required on-the-job training, technical training and exams, you are awarded a journeyperson certificate.
Since modern cranes often have sophisticated computers in the cab to assist the operator, it is necessary to ensure your skills as an Operating Engineer are current. You should keep up with new technology developments by reading and speaking with others in the field.