Crane Drivers

Crane drivers supervise and undertake the operation of cranes, jib cranes, power driven hoisting machinery and power driven stationary engines to raise and lower mine and other cages, and to lift and move equipment, materials, machinery and containers.


New workers

New workers start around £18,135. Normal pay is £40,945 per year.
Highly experienced workers can earn up to £64,705.

Available jobs

In the past year there were 11,794 vacancies for this type of job


Projected job growth over the next 8 years

Related courses

People work towards these careers by taking these courses at college and uni.

What they do most days?

  • Oils and greases machine and checks ropes.

  • Watches control panel for warning lights and indications of wind speed and direction and carrying capacity of crane.

  • Lifts load or cage, or hauls object into required position and lowers or positions for ground workers to detach, unload or load.

  • Manipulates levers, switches and pedals to rotate jibs into position and turns winding drum to raise or lower hook, bucket or other holding equipment.

  • Starts crane or engine motor and checks that cables run freely and that brakes and drum(s) are working.

  • Gives signals for movement of cage carrying workers/equipment.

Hard Skills

Hard skills are specific, learnable, measurable, often industry or occupation-specific abilities related to a position.

Skills are ranked based on the number of job adverts that list them as required skills.

  • Tower Crane

  • Overhead Lines

  • Risk Analysis

  • Construction

  • Manual Handling

  • Overhead Crane Operation

  • Project Management

  • Forklift Truck

  • Machinery

  • Traffic Regulations

Soft Skills

Soft skills can be self-taught and usually do not necessitate a certain completed level of education.

Skills are ranked based on the number of job adverts that list them as required skills.

  • Operations

  • Communication

  • Strong Work Ethic

  • Loading And Unloading

  • Detail Oriented

  • First Aid

  • Management

  • Problem Solving

  • Teamwork

  • Planning

How do I get a job like this?

People in these types of job started their career paths after studying courses like the ones below.