A mobile crane incorporates a telescopic or articulating boom and a mobile base or chassis. This structure allows a suspended load to be raised or lowered in the vertical or moved in the horizontal plane.
A mobile crane operator works under contractors or directly for commercial building developers, building construction firms, large manufacturing companies and small, medium and heavy construction companies. You can also be your own boss as an owner/operator of a small business.
The duties of a mobile crane operator include: perform rigging and set up of cranes; operate hydraulic and conventional friction cranes and perform regular maintenance. Crane operators also prepare and transport cranes; plan lifts and assemble and dismantle cranes. They must also understand and practice safety precautions to protect themselves and others and conduct pre-operational inspections.