Crane and Tower Operator


Locally, Crane and Tower Operators receive a monthly salary of P15,000 - P20,000 depending on the industry they belong.

In the US, Crane and Tower Operators receive a monthly salary of $4,500 to $8,500, again depending on the industry. In other foreign countries, pay and benefits are definitely higher than local rates.

Basic Educational Requirement

Material movers generally learn skills informally, on the job, from more experienced workers or their supervisors. Many employers prefer applicants with a high school diploma, but most simply require workers to be physically and mentally able to perform the work.

Cost of Education/Training*

The training cost for Crane and Tower Operators approximately ranges from P13,000 - P20,000 and training duration is about 1 to 2 months.

There are also instances that training for heavy equipment operators are conducted in-house, since the employers have the equipment.

Employment Opportunities

Opportunities in this occupation can be found in warehousing, and storage industry, and industries involved in production, distribution and sales of goods.Crane and Tower Operators may be employed in the following industries: Mining and Quarrying; Manufacturing; Electricity, Gas and Water Supply; Construction; Transport, Storage and Communication; and Real Estate, Renting and Business Activities.

Prospects for Career Advancement

In this occupation, experience may allow workers to qualify to an earthmoving moving operator (heavy equipment operator) position before being promoted to a better paying and more highly skilled job. Some may eventually advance to become supervisors.

Nature of Work

Crane and Tower Operators use machinery to move construction materials, earth, petroleum products, and other heavy materials. Generally, they move materials over short distances—around construction sites, factories, or warehouses. Some move materials onto or off of trucks and ships. Operators control equipment by moving levers, wheels, or foot pedals; operating switches; or turning dials. They also may set up and inspect equipment, make adjustments, and perform minor maintenance or repairs.


  • Lifts and moves materials, machine, or products in any direction by using a crane/mechanical boom, tower or cable equipment;
  • Lubricates equipment components and attachments; and
  • Maintains equipment log sheets and reports.

Skills and Competencies

  • Coordination;
  • Can operate a variety of material moving equipment safely via hand signals, radio communication and using occupant safety devices;
  • Can perform pre-operational checks of equipment as well as basic maintenance on track or rubber tire undercarriage, buckets and attachments;
  • Knowledgeable site planning and set up;
  • Ability to acquire and use the knowledge of material moving fundamentals.; and
  • Possess basic Math skills for estimation of weight and distance.

Physical Attributes and Characteristics

  • Ability to continuously learn about new techniques/equipment in order to operate safely while maintaining productivity;
  • Good hand-eye coordination;
  • Physically and mentally fit;
  • Good attention to detail; and
  • Good sense of balance.

* Based on 2011 rates.