Salary Range
  • New York State $37,160-$72,090 per year
Example Job Titles
  • Hoist Operator
  • Hoistman
  • Material Handler
  • Service Operator
  • Winch Derrick Operator
Jobs with Transferable Skills
  • Coating, Painting, and Spraying Machine Setters, Operators, and Tender, 
  • Excavating and Loading Machine and Dragline Operators
  • Extruding and Forming Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders
  • Synthetic and Glass Fibers, Helpers--Extraction Workers 
  • Mine Cutting and Channeling Machine Operators
  • Molding and Casting Workers
  • Pile-Driver Operators 
  • Rail-Track Laying and Maintenance Equipment Operators
  • Refractory Materials Repairers, Except Brickmasons 
  • Service Unit Operators, Oil, Gas, and Mining
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Hoist and Winch Operators

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Job Type:

Hoist and Winch Operators

Typical Education:

Apprenticeship/Postsecondary Training

  • Critical Thinking
  • Monitoring
  • Operations Monitoring
  • Time Management
  • Active Listening
  • Operation and Control
Typical Tasks:
  1. Move levers, pedals, and throttles to stop, start, and regulate speeds of hoist or winch drums in response to hand, bell, buzzer, telephone, loud-speaker, or whistle signals, or by observing dial indicators or cable marks.
  2. Start engines of hoists or winches and use levers and pedals to wind or unwind cable on drums.
  3. Observe equipment gauges and indicators and hand signals of other workers to verify load positions or depths.
  4. Operate compressed air, diesel, electric, gasoline, or steam-driven hoists or winches to control movement of cableways, cages, derricks, draglines, loaders, railcars, or skips.
  5. Move or reposition hoists, winches, loads and materials, manually or using equipment and machines such as trucks, cars, and hand trucks.
Hoist operator