Mobile Crane - Apprenticeship

We offer a three-year Mobile Crane - Apprenticeship program for those interested in becoming a mobile crane and hoisting equipment operator.

After graduating the program, you will be able to:

  • Use and maintain the tools and materials needed to operate mobile cranes and industry machines
  • Operate and describe the functions of mobile crane components
  • Recognize and identify malfunctions and their proper procedures
  • Recognize and evaluate hazardous conditions to safe machine operation
  • Interpret and apply load chart and related documentation
  • Interpret and apply visual and audio communication
  • Work and communicate with other trades, employers and customers

Career opportunities

As a mobile crane and hoisting equipment operator, you will be ready for employment with general contractors and subcontractors in the forestry, mining, construction and oil industries, as well as crane rental companies. Experienced operators may advance to supervisory positions or set up their own crane rental business.

Admission requirements

In order to register for the Mobile Crane - Apprenticeship program, you must be an eligible indentured apprentice.

Find out more about the Alberta Apprenticeship Entrance Requirements.

Tuition and fees

View this program's tuition and fees in our Keyano College Credit Calendar.

Program structure

The Mobile Crane - Apprenticeship program is a three-year program that includes:

  • A minimum of 1,500 hours of on-the-job training and six weeks of technical training in the first year
  • A minimum of 1,500 hours of on-the-job training in the second year
  • A minimum of 1,500 hours of on-the-job training and six weeks of technical training in the third year

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The program's training elements take place at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology's (NAIT) Spruce Grove Campus.

How apprenticeships work

An apprenticeship is a work experience based post-secondary education. As an apprentice, you will find a matching employer to help tutor you as you become a carpenter through an Apprenticeship Agreement.

Your time is divided by on-the-job training under a certified journeyperson (about 80%) and attending technical training courses at a training provider, such as Keyano College (about 20%).