Mobile Crane Operator

Mobile crane operators operate mobile cranes to lift, move, position and place materials and equipment. They perform pre-operational inspections. They calculate crane capacities, determine load weight, and set up, position and stabilize the crane before the lift. Mobile crane operators have the additional responsibilities of disassembling, traveling and transporting mobile cranes.

National Occupational Classification (NOC): 72500

Designation Year: 1991

Designated Red Seal in: (AB, BC, MB, NB, NL, NS, NT, NU, ON, PE, QC, SK)
Trade title: Mobile Crane Operator, in (NL, NS, PE, NB, QC, MB, SK, BC)
Other titles used in provinces/territories: Hoisting Engineer - Mobile Crane Operator 1 (ON), Crane and Hoisting Equipment Operator - Mobile Crane (AB, NT, NU),


Please note that effective June 1st, 2016, Mobile Crane Operator (Hydraulic) is no longer a designated Red Seal trade. Mobile Crane Operator continues to be a Red Seal trade.

Red Seal Occupational Standard (RSOS) New

This is the complete description of the activities of the Mobile Crane Operator trade. New exams that are based on the new standard are being implemented. Check with your provincial/territorial apprenticeship authority to see if it has been implemented there.

Occupational Standard for current exams Previous

This National Standard is being used as the basis for the current Red Seal exams. While some provinces and territories are still using this standard, others have already replaced it or are working towards replacing it with the new RSOS. Check with your provincial/territorial apprenticeship authority to see if it has been implemented there.

Essential Skills

Please refer to the Essential Skills section of the trade’s Occupational Standard that describes the essential skills needed to succeed in this trade.

Job Market Reports

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Sample Questions

Try the sample Mobile Crane Operator examination questions to prepare for your Red Seal examination.

Red Seal Self-Assessment and Exam Breakdown

Check how many questions there are on different topics, and reflect on your own experience and knowledge in the trade.

Ellis Chart

Consult the Ellis Chart for a full breakdown of apprenticeship data from across Canada for the trade of Mobile Crane Operator.