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Crane and Hoisting Equipment Operator - Boom Truck Apprenticeship

Are you interested in a diverse career that services industries such as mining, forestry, oil, and gas, as well as industrial, commercial, and residential construction? Northern Lakes College offers the Crane & Hoisting Equipment Operator - Boom Truck Apprenticeship. This program will prepare Apprentice Boom Truck Operators for the Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training Journeyperson theory and practical examinations.

The term of apprenticeship for a boom truck operator is 1 year (one 12-month period) including a minimum of 1200 hours of on-the-job training and 5 or 6 weeks of technical training subject to the training institutes*.

* 5 week training program requires 30 hours of self-study prior to commencing technical training. For more details about the Crane & Hoisting Equipment Operator - Boom Truck Apprenticeship click here.


Career Options

Boom truck operators are employed by general contractors and subcontractors in the forestry, mining, construction and oil industries, and by crane rental companies. Employment prospects change with seasonal and economic climates. Many crane operators are members of unions.

Journeyperson wage rates vary, but generally range from $16 to $28 an hour, plus benefits.

Experienced boom truck operators may advance to supervisory positions, or set up their own crane rental businesses. (Source: