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Career Pathways Within the Crane Industry

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What are your options?

So you’ve made the decision that you would like to work within heavy construction. But it can be overwhelming knowing that there are a few different options out there for you to now explore. NMT Crane Hire help break down the different options available, to ensure you can make an informed decision on fulfilling the right career path within the crane industry.

Crane Operator

There is a lot more to this job title than what it suggests. As a crane operator, you are responsible for carrying out four main components, which consists of equipment maintenance, equipment set-up & dismantle, risk assessment, and lifting.

  • Equipment maintenance consists of regular check-ups and inspections to ensure all fluid levels are as they should be and everything is running smoothly.
  • Crane set-up and dismantle is one of the most crucial and important aspects of the crane operators role. Cranes work on a theory of balance and counterbalance, so it is critical that the crane is set up accordingly to ensure there aren’t any unbalances that could cause serious injury.
  • Risk assessment is an on-going activity that should be carried out prior to starting the job, assessing factors such as the loads that need lifting, the weight of the load and any environmental factors.
  • Following the other steps and making sure they are carried out efficiently and correctly, should mean that the lift is straight-forward.

Crane operators play an important role that involves patience, accuracy and great attention to detail that all contribute to playing a crucial part within working on a construction site.

Crane Inspector

Crane inspection is a serious responsibility to protect you and the safety of others within the worksite. As your role as a crane inspector, you have the responsibility of having the final word and approve of the last checks before giving the go-ahead. Other aspects of the job role consist of, detecting any signs of damage, defects or risk factors that could put workers in danger. Other responsibilities include visual and operational inspection of booms, gears, drums, sheaves, blocks, hooks, rigging, hydraulics as well as testing, interpretation of test results, and record keeping. In order to be an efficient crane inspector, you must have good sight and hearing and be free from any physical impairments as this could affect the ability to inspect in a safe way.

Crane Buyer/ Purchasing Agent

A buyers role or purchasing agent within the crane industry consists of the responsibility of the purchase of appropriate equipment for the job, whilst maximising productivity, ensuring good quality and complying with all safety regulations. Other duties within this job role consist of supervising the transport, storage and maintenance of all obtained equipment. The responsibility of a team is to provide excellent service in terms of the purchase of the products and services.

Cranes Salesperson/ Industrial Sales

Cranes sales and industrial sales represent and have the responsibility to cultivate and maintain good client relationships that promote business and prophet within the crane industry. The position is important for ensuring customer satisfaction and providing information to clients. It’s crucial that you are equipped with solid interpersonal skills and have the ability to connect with people as a sales representative is the companies public face.

Crane Engineer

In the crane industry, there are many pathways that fall under engineering. Some of which consist of, electrical, mechanical, and structural engineering, these roles tend to be more of the design and product development elements of crane engineer work, ensuring that the products produced are versatile and durable, powerful and safe to use. Field engineers within the crane industry typically oversee the construction and assembling of the equipment on site. Project engineers tend to project manage by budgeting, scheduling and planning ahead for big-scale projects.

Quality Assurance Manager 

Maintaining standards and good quality machinery is just as important as designing and buying. Keeping conditions safe and following regulations is an important role that comes with plenty of responsibility. Continuing to carry-out good quality standards is crucial to any manufacturer within the crane industry. This job role consists of carefully inspecting products and materials, looking out for any warning signs of damage or deviation that do not coincide with the manufacturer’s standards


If you have any further questions about jobs within the crane industry, or you are interested in any of the services we offer, please get in touch by filling out our online enquiry form or give us a call today on 0800 026 6985

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