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Occupation: Crane Operator

Crane operators lift, move and place materials using cranes.  There are many types of cranes, including mobile, tower, hoist and marine.  In Newfoundland and Labrador, most crane operators have completed the mobile crane operator training program. 

Program: Mobile Crane Operator

Training is available at two institutions in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Institution: College of the North Atlantic, Bay St. George Campus
Duration: 28 weeks

Institution: Operating Engineers College, Holyrood
Duration: 25 weeks

Entrance Requirements:

  • High school graduation
  • A valid Newfoundland and Labrador driver’s license with minimum of full Class 5
  • A Department of Transportation medical for a Class 3 license

Program Description:

These programs train students to safely and efficiently operate mobile cranes including 50-ton lattice boom crawlers, 30 rough terrain cranes and 18-ton boom trucks.   Students also learn to assemble and disassemble cranes and perform routine maintenance.  


Mobile crane operator is a provincially certified trade.   Journeyperson certification is available upon completion of a four-year apprenticeship program and the required exam.  Certified journeypersons can get Red Seal interprovincial certification which lets them practice their trade in any province in Canada.