Crane Operator

Craft - Operators Watford City, North Dakota


FLSA Status: Non-Exempt, Regular 
Schedule: Rotational

Essential Job Functions:

  • Operate boom trucks, rough terrain cranes, truck cranes, loader using forks and bucket and Telehandler forklift in a safe and efficient manner
  • Reads and understands load charts, lift plans, and critical lifts to make sure all lifts are within the parameters of the equipment being operated 
  • Move levers, depress foot pedals, or turn dials to operate cranes or other moving equipment for lifting 
  • Load or unload bundles from trucks or containers
  • Determine load weights and ensure lifting capacities to prevent overload
  • Direct signal persons, riggers, truck drivers and all personnel involved before and during lifting operations
  • Maintain and inspect crane daily and have the ability to make minor repairs as needed 
  • Competently operate loader using forks & bucket, stinger and Telehandler forklift to support industrial oilfield construction activities and snow removal. 
  • Other duties as assigned 

Required Minimum Qualifications:

  • High School Diploma, or Equivalent 
  • Valid Drivers License with clean driving record, Class A CDL, preferred 
  • Valid NCCCO Certification, or equivalent 
  • Two (2) years' Crane Operating experience in Oilfields

Required Education, Training and Certificates:

  • Attends training sessions, seminars and appropriate educational classes required by department 

Required Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Knowledge of crane operators (boom, mobile, tower, overhead, articulating, etc.) and other heavy civil construction equipment functions and operations
  • Knowledge of proper equipment use conducive to conditions and assignment 
  • Thorough knowledge of OSHA rules and standards 
  • Knowledge of Hazardous Materials and Safety Regulations and industry practices related to equipment use and operation 
  • Highly skilled in operation of cranes and other heavy equipment and machines while maintaining safety and efficiency 
  • Skilled in daily maintenance of machines including repairs and inspecting equipment to identify possible problems
  • Skilled in use of computer/laptop or other supporting devices to commensurate with program and job applications 
  • Ability to use time and equipment efficiently in order to complete projects on time
  • Ability to communicate effectively in a team environment
  • Ability to handle stress and possess positive trait even in difficult or challenging situations

Physical Demand/Work Environment:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by the incumbent to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the incumbent is regularly required to talk, hear, and see. The incumbent frequently is required to stand, stoop, kneel, crouch, climb, balance and walk. The incumbent is occasionally required to sit. The incumbent must frequently lift and/or move up to 50 pounds and push/pull up to 100 pounds. Visual Acuity: must be adequate to perform all required Job Description tasks in a safe manner. The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. The noise level in the work environment is usually loud and may require use of ear plugs on occasion. Work is usually done outside at a job site/field site that may have inclement weather conditions. The incumbent is exposed to moving mechanical parts, vehicles and equipment. 


The above job description covers the principal duties and responsibilities of the job.  The description shall not however, be construed as a complete job listing of all duties, which may be required from day-to-day.