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Crane Operator

US-CA-San Diego
1 week ago(1/11/2018 4:03 PM)
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Skilled Trades


The Crane Operator (CO) shall provide service to Navy Base operations, to include operation of a variety of lattice and hydraulic boom, category 1 cranes with lifting capacities up to 200 tons at locations where maneuverability is restricted and accuracy is critical. On occasion, the CO also operates category 2, 3, and 4 cranes.

To accomplish lifting and handling evolutions, the CO operator is required to make precise load placements where exact movements are necessary, to position the load accurately and safely. Examples of the type of lifts the CO performs include:

  • Loading and unloading ship equipment and supplies, where masts, antennas and other obstructions exist
  • Precision positioning of ship sonar equipment
  • Lifting heavy machinery, ship structures and components, as well as beams, lumber, mooring buoys
  • Loading and off-loading aircraft

On occasion, the CO operates cranes fitted with clamshell buckets, dragline buckets or other excavating attachments to load and unload bulk material such as sand or rock in support of excavating operations.


The CO must possess the skill to operate:

  • Vibratory hammers
  • Diesel powered winches for conducting med and four point mooring operations
  • Forklift trucks, and cargo trucks to move, stage and/or transfer mooring gear and materials such as anchors, chains, buoy, and blocks
  • Barge mounted propulsion units



Operations –The CO must be skilled in working as a member of a team, and must have skill in cooperating and coordinating the work of others to successfully complete assigned tasks. The CO must be skilled in the proper handling, containment, storage and disposal of hazardous materials such as paints, solvents, et cetera, and along with math and physics knowledge to determine weights, stresses, strengths, and mechanical advantage. The CO performs duties outdoors approximately 90 percent of the time. Operates assigned cranes form within partially or completely closed cabs in all types of weather conditions, continually exposed to physical strain, vibration, jerking, and jolting from crane operations, noise, heat, and fumes from the engine of the crane.


Processing – The CO will receive verbal and written instructions from the workload manager and is responsible for the safe and efficient operations of all cranes and equipment, and safe and effective execution of every lift assignment, while continually considering the potential risk of accident and injury. Performs visual and operation checks of cranes and equipment to ensure there are no deficiencies. The CO is relied upon to make critical judgment concerning clearances, boom positions changes while ensuring the change in boom remains within the lifting capacity, load placement, weight calculations, and load route.


Housekeeping – The CO shall ensure all designated working areas are maintained in an orderly manner and continuously maintained free of trash and debris. At the end of each day, the general work areas shall be swept, supplies, materials, tools, and equipment shall be pick-up and stored, and the municipal trash containers will be emptied.

Technical Support – The CO shall receive work assignments through oral instructions provided by the workload manager. Specific assignments of work are provided with detailed instructions on all but the repetitive tasks. Work is checked during progress and upon completion for compliance with instructions, adherence to established practices and standards, and overall acceptability of work. A journeyman-level employee normally checks daily assignments. A Government employee gives advice on unusual problems and checks to see if completed work meets the requirement.


Meetings/Conferences – The CO shall participate in meetings with contractors, agencies, clients, and team members when required to do so.


Briefings – The CO shall participate in briefings when required to do so.


Updates – The CO shall provide monthly status report that summarizes the work efforts and accomplishments performed.


Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) – The Crane Operator will comply with all PPE requirements of the Navy.



All Candidates Shall have/be:

a) Valid California CDL "A" State driver’s license.
b) Strong communication skills in the English language, both written and oral.
c) U.S. citizenship or resident alien. Proof of US Citizenship or resident alien card will be required.

d) OSHA 10 - General Industry or Construction Certified before starting work.

e) Ability to perform regular and recurring field inspections, investigations, or surveys in which there is a considerable amount of walking, stooping, bending, and climbing.
f) Ability to perform work in an office setting, with occasional visits to construction sites. Work involves moderate risks of discomforts that require adherence to safety precautions.
g) Ability to acquire a Common Access Card (CAC).


Experience Requirements – The CO shall be fully knowledgeable of crane operation and rigging requirements outlined in NAVFAC P-307, and skilled in operating all categories of cranes, primarily category 1 and 4 (see additional information for cranes covered). The CO must demonstrate the ability to operate various types of category 1 cranes within the NAVFAC inventory by passing an operational proficiency exam. Skills required include operating at various boom lengths, angles, and positions, often near the crane’s lifting capacity and within extremely congested areas where the operator must rely on knowledge and experience to safety execute the move. The CO must also possess the ability to make rapid lifting capacity judgments during continual positions changes as the load is lifted and moved.


The CO shall be required to hold a valid Government operator license for each type of equipment he or she operates in accordance with the requirements of NAVFAC P-307.


The CO must be skilled in the use of clutches, levers, brakes and accelerators, while simultaneously operating the crane controls to produce exact movements. Intense concentration, unusual alertness, and a high degree of visual physical coordination are essential to accomplish these tasking. All of this is accomplished under the direction of a signal person, while making difficult clearance judgments, positioning loads into or onto other structures or objects, watching he moving load, adjusting the boom and compensating for variations in the crane’s lifting capacity during lift.


The CO must be experienced with identifying safety hazards and taking steps to eliminate or control hazards such as damaged gear or equipment; or unauthorized personnel within the area of the lift. Must be able to understand and interpret load charts. Must be skilled in the use of hand and horn signals to receive and give direction during weight handling and lifting operations.


The CO shall possess the knowledge to make complex and critical judgments to rig and move objects in confined areas such as engine rooms, machine shops, or ships passageway, make difficult load routing judgments by considering size, shape, and location of the object, availability and strength of overhead support structures, surface conditions, obstacles, and size of surrounding openings in relationship to the size of the object. Must be able to determine exactly where to place pad eyes, beam clamps and chain falls to support and balance loads along the route. The Contractor shall be able to uses complex multi-point suspension techniques to permit maneuvering over, under, and around obstacles by tilting, dipping, and turning the suspended load, compensates for variations in lifting capacity of the gear due to size of cable, type of splice, type of connecting fittings, and angle of the lashings. Remain alert to safety hazards and take steps to eliminate or control hazards such as damaged gear or equipment; overloaded gear; or unauthorized personnel within the area of the lift and must be able to use recognized hand and horn signals to direct crane operators during weight handling and lifting operations. Additionally, maintains a valid California Class “A” Commercial Driver’s license for on and off base driving.


The CO shall successfully complete the 40-hour crane safety course outlined in NAVFAC P-307 with a minimum passing score of at least 70 percent and shall complete the 8-hour crane safety refresher training with a score of at the 70 percent, every two years. Must demonstrate crane operation proficiency by passing a performance qualification test for each type of crane for which a license is to be issued.


The CO is fully knowledgeable of crane operation and rigging requirements outlined in NAVFAC P-307, and skilled in operating all categories of cranes, primarily category 1 and 4, see as follow:

  • Category 1 Crane equals portal cranes, hammerhead cranes, locomotives cranes, derricks, floating cranes (YD), tower cranes container cranes, mobile cranes (except those indicated as category 4) including truck, cruiser, crawler, warehouse/industrial cranes, and cranes used for dragline, pile driving, clamshell, magnet, and bucket work, aircraft crash cranes.
  • Category 2 Crane and Category 3 Crane equals cranes with rated capacities of 20,000 pounds or greater are category Crane with rated capacities less than 20,000 pounds is category 3. Overhead traveling cranes, Gantry cranes (equals rail mounted), wall Cranes, Jib Cranes, pillar cranes, monorails and associated hoists, including chain falls that are designed for use at the same location on a continuing basis, pedestal mounted commercial boom assemblies (fixed length, telescoping, and articulating types) attached to trucks, trailers, flatbeds, or railcars, or stationary mounted to piers, etc. and with rated capacities less than 2,000 pounds.
  • Category 4 Crane equals Commercial truck mounted cranes, truck mounted articulating boom cranes pedestal mounted commercial boom assemblies (fixed length, telescoping, and articulating types) attached to stake trucks, trailers, flatbeds, or railcars, or stationary mounted to piers, etc. with capacities of 2,000 pounds and greater.


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