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Do I have to go to college to become a crane operator?

I am interested in being a crane operator, and want to learn more about it and what I can do and, who much money I could earn.

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Mahi’s Answer

No, you typically don't need to go to college to become a crane operator. However, becoming a crane operator usually requires specialized training and certification. Many crane operators gain their skills through on-the-job training, apprenticeships, or by attending vocational schools that offer specific crane operator training programs.

The requirements may vary depending on your location and the type of crane operation you're interested in. Some employers may prefer candidates with a high school diploma or equivalent, while others may prioritize practical experience and certification.

It's essential to check the specific requirements in your region and explore options for obtaining the necessary training and certification to operate cranes safely and effectively. This often involves learning about crane operations, safety regulations, and hands-on training in operating different types of cranes.
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Michelle’s Answer

Hello, George !

Although being a crane operator doesn't require you to have a college degree, I will put a twist on things so that you could be competitive when you are seeking employment, especially in a small town or even in a large city. You will want to stand out from the other applicants that have a high school diploma and the other trainings and certifications. This is why I suggest, yes, going to college for two years for an Associates Degree.

Some good majors for this career with an Associate Degree would be Industrial Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, or Civil Engineering Technology, all at the Associates level which is a two year college path. Having your Associates would also perhaps put you in the forefront for management positions, promotions and your college experience will help hone your written and verbal communication skills. It would be a plus to have at least an Associates degree and you can also do your crane operation training simultaneously. It is something to consider for when you are out there seeking employment.

Besides getting your required certification from the National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators and your license, I would also advise to get additional certifications if at all possible. You can get additional certification in Signal Person, Rigger and Articulating. I am just suggesting this so that you will stand out to employers and have a better opportunity after entry level work. I know that this would all be something I would like to see in an applicant and would be certain to interview this person for the position.

The only way you would know how much money you could make is when you are on an interview and the employer makes you an offer. There's actually no real telling about a future salary. If you make yourself labor market competitive, you can up your chances in getting some good opportunities.

I hope that this advice was helpful and I wish you all the best !
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