Hoist Operator

Hoist operators who are sometimes called winch operators operate hoists and winches to lift and move equipment and other heavy materials. According to the website httpeducation-portal.com they work in warehouses factories or any place where there is a need to move heavy items around. They accomplish this using winches and hoists assisted by cables platforms and cages. They may be in charge of operating derricks and hydraulic booms in order to load or unload railroad cars or trucks and they may be required to drive mobile hoists into position on construction sites when areas are difficult to reach. The tasks that hoist operators do are physically demanding and often require working under dangerous conditions so it is important for them to follow safety regulations and to wear protective gear such as hard hats and gloves. Most employers provide safety training and certify workers that have completed it. Hoist operators must be physically fit have good balance and coordination skills be mechanically inclined and have basic math and reading skills. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that hoist operators are usually trained on the job with new hires learning from those more experienced operators who have moved into supervisory or training positions. The International Union of Operating Engineers sponsors paid apprenticeship programs for hoist operators who will be working in especially challenging situations. Most states do not have licensure requirements for hoist operators but some employers require certification by the National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators. The average salary for hoist operators is approximately $30000 but this figure varies widely depending on the city in which they work.

Education Required: High School Diploma & Apprenticeship
Avg Salary: $30000
High Salary: $35000
Low Salary: $25000
Tasks: Works at construction sites.
Uses a hoist to move large items, equipment, or goods.
Controls a hoist using levers and pedals.
Inspects hoist for problems.
Also Called: Winch Operator
Heavy Machinery Operator
Hoist Controller
Electric Hoist Operator
Additional Resources: http://education-portal.com/become_a_hoist_operator.html
http://www.bestjobdescriptions.com/construction/hoist-and-winch-operators-job-description
http://www.occupationalinfo.org/92/921663026.html