Crane operator soars to new heights

Crane operator soars to new heights

Morgan Bosch proudly serves as a role model for young women in trades

When driving past the new outlet mall under construction south of Edmonton, few give a second thought to the concrete barriers visible from the Queen Elizabeth II Highway. For Morgan Bosch, those barriers mark a job well done – and how she's grown early in her career as a crane operator.

Bosch (Crane and Hoist – Boom Truck ‘16  and Crane and Hoist – Mobile Crane ‘17) has broken through several barriers since opting for a career in the trades over teaching. As an 18 year old, she was the only female in her first-year class and one of only three women in the entire trades school. On job sites, it's not uncommon to work alongside mostly men decades her senior.

"It's cool to be able to show up on site and you're driving this big crane, you're by yourself and you get out of a crane and people don't expect a 21-year-old girl." 

"It's cool to be able to show up on site and you're driving this big crane, you're by yourself and you get out of a crane and people don't expect a 21-year-old girl. It's satisfying and makes me proud," says Bosch.

Her parents supported her decision to pursue a trade, especially her father Gord, a dual-ticket crane operator and heavy-duty mechanic. One of her fondest memories is of her dad driving her to elementary school in a mobile crane truck. When she was older, they built a house at the lake where she learned everything from plumbing to working with sheet metal.

Crane operator and city builder

Bosch started working for Mammoet in 2015 and enjoys everything about her job, including her role as a city builder. Landmarks across Edmonton stand as professional accomplishments and her growth as a person. She's hoisted air units atop apartment towers in Ellerslie, set up a cell tower off Yellowhead Trail, and set up larger cranes for expanding the Gold Bar Wastewater Treatment Plant.

"I definitely fell in love with cranes. I'm so glad I went down the path I went," she says.

Bosch also fell in love with NAIT and is grateful for support of instructors and the friends she made along the way. She hopes to one day teach at the polytechnic and already serves as a role model for young women at NAIT open houses and career fairs.

"It gives them hope that they can find a place in the trades too. It's done nothing but amazing things for me."

This interactive map of Edmonton identifies projects Morgan Bosch has worked on as a mobile crane operator.

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