Welcome to the new NAIT.ca! We encourage you to explore the site and provide your feedback.


Crane & Hoisting Equipment Operator - Mobile Crane

Apply Now

Need more info? Learn how to apply.


The location where your NAIT courses will be held.


The educational branch of NAIT that offers this program. Each school is uniquely equipped with facilities, equipment, and curriculum designed to benefit the needs of their students.


The type of certification (degree, diploma, certificate) you will earn after completing your program.

  • Degree - NAIT offers a number of business degrees and applied science and technology degrees accredited by Alberta Advanced Education.
    Applied degree programs offer a stronger emphasis on practical applications of the concepts learned in the classroom
  • Diplomas & Certificates - These credit programs take 1 or 2 years and lead to government approved and industry-recognized credentials.
  • Journeyman Certificate - Hands-on and expert-led apprenticeship and industry training for skilled trades and technology professionals.
  • Continuing Education/Non-Credit - NAIT offers a wide range of non-credit programs and courses for personal and professional development in a number of interesting and exciting fields. These options are great for people who may be working but are interested in studying as well.

Delivery Options

The flexible schedule options for this course including time of day and full/part-time.

  • Day - Courses taking place between Monday - Friday, before 5 PM.
  • Evening/Weekend - Courses taking place on weekdays from 5 PM or later, or Saturdays and Sundays.
  • Online - Sometimes called "Home Study" or "Computer-Based Learning"
  • Blended - A combination of online and in-class components.
  • Distance - Traditional correspondence format. These courses work best if you can't get to a campus or if your schedule can't accommodate fixed class times


Apprenticeship is a method of gaining the expertise needed to become a skilled tradesperson. This is done through a combination of on-the-job experience and classroom training.

Most apprenticeship programs are 3-4 periods in length, with an average of 8 weeks for each training period. In addition, there are specific allotments of on-the-job training hours associated with each period, so most apprentices complete 1 period per calendar year.

You want to be a mobile crane operator. You want to operate hoist and swing equipment used to move machinery, materials and other large objects. You know all about booms that are mounted on crawlers and wheeled frames, as well as hoisting equipment with a vertical mast or tower and jib.

But you need to learn more, like how to service hoist and swing equipment, or how to set up the machine for the lift using blocking and levelling materials. Maybe you want to know how to rig up the machine by pinning the boom and pendant cables and pulling the hoist cable.

Here are a few of the other subjects covered in the CHEO – Mobile Crane apprenticeship program at NAIT:

  • load chart reading
  • operating procedures
  • safe rigging practices
  • lift planning
  • new technology
  • multi-crane lifts


Hands-on, industry-relevant skills

If you are an independent worker and capable decision-maker who likes to work as part of a team, then you will enjoy working as a mobile crane operator.

Mobile crane operators mostly work outdoors and in noisy, dusty conditions. You will travel throughout Alberta and perform your work in all types of weather. By nature of the work, you must be aware of power line contact, crane overloads, falls and inclement weather conditions.

Training at NAIT

The Mobile Crane Operator apprenticeship term is:

  • 3 years (three 12-month periods)
  • minimum of 1500 hours on-the-job training each year
  • 6 weeks of technical training in year 1 and 3



Mobile crane operators train at the

Melton Crane and Hoisting

Building at Spruce Grove Campus (281 Tamarack Drive).

This program is for training apprentices to use cranes with a lifting capacity of 15 tons and above.

We have 4 state-of-the-art crane simulators to give students a real experience of the physics of operating a mobile crane while in a safe environment.

PPE Requirements

Please ensure you have the following personal protective equipment (PPE) when you arrive for the first day of classes. Find everything you need online at shop.nait.ca.

  • CSA-approved steel-toed boots (min. 6”)
  • clear safety glasses
  • safety gloves
  • hard hat
  • seasonal workwear

Enter the workforce with confidence

As a mobile crane operator, you will often find yourself travelling to various job sites. Mobile crane operator work can change with seasonal and economic fluctuations, and many crane operators are members of unions.

Mobile crane operators are employed by general contractors and subcontractors in a variety of industries, including forestry, mining, construction, oil and gas and crane rental companies.

Journeyperson mobile crane operators can advance to supervisory positions, or you could set up your own crane rental business.


Read about the CHEO – Mobile Crane Operator profession on the Apprenticeship and Industry Training (AIT) website

See the Crane and Hoisting Equipment Operator occupational profile on the alis.alberta.ca website

Find out more about crane operator wages, employment outlook and demand

Have questions? We've got answers 

For more information about the CHEO – Mobile Crane program at NAIT

Eileen Deck, Administrative Support
Email: edeck@nait.ca
Phone: 780.378.1088
Fax: 780.378.1011

Harvey Miedreich, Program Chair
Email: harveym@nait.ca
Phone: 780.378.1017



View periods for this program

Tuition & Fees

Get an estimate on cost to attend

How to Apply

Information on admissions process

Scholarships & Awards

Funding for students in this program

Apprenticeship is a method of gaining the expertise needed to become a skilled tradesperson. This is done through a combination of on-the-job experience and classroom training.

Once your training has been completed, you’ll be able to write provincial examinations set by the Government of Alberta and become a certified journeyperson.

Period 1

Apprentices are introduced to mobile cranes and operating procedures, and trained on trade calculations, load chart reading, rigging and equipment accessories, inspection, testing and maintenance, hydraulics and applications to machine control, power trains, chassis and suspensions, diesel engines and systems and rules and regulations relating to the trade.

Period 2

1,500 hours of work experience. There is no technical training associated with period 2.

Period 3

Apprentices review mobile cranes and components and operating procedures, and receive training in principles of crane operation, load charts, advanced rigging procedures, pre-lift planning and new cranes, conventional crane draw-works, specialized lift attachments and multi-crane lifts.

Period One

  • Tuition: $588.00
  • Books & Supplies: $605.00
  • NAITSA & Materials Fee: $118.88
  • Athletic Fee: $28.20

Period Two

  • Tuition: $588.00
  • Books & Supplies: $605.00
  • NAITSA & Materials Fee: $118.88
  • Athletic Fee: $28.20

Complete an apprenticeship application & contract form

Effective November 1, 2014, you must fillout the application located on the MyTradesecrets website for Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training Board staff to determine if you are eligible for status as an indentured apprentice.

Dates & Deadlines

Once you are an indentured apprentice, you can review the availability and start and end dates of the program you are interested in. Log into your MyTradesecrets profile and do a search under the Class Registration section. Then you can determine the schedule that best fits your needs.

We recommend submitting your program application at least 90 days before the application deadline.

Apply to Program

Apply to the program with step-by-step instructions on how to complete the application process. Please note, processing time may vary for applicants, so we recommend starting early.

Apply nowHow to apply checklist

Scholarships & Awards

NAIT supports over 4,000 students with over $6 million in scholarships and bursaries each year. Many are available for students across a wide range of programs.

Explore our available Scholarships and Bursaries

Red Seal

The Interprovincial Red Seal Program was developed to provide journeypersons with the ability to work anywhere in Canada.

Learn more

Blue Seal

If you are a certified Blue Seal journeyperson in Alberta, you've proven that you meet Alberta's high industry standards and possess the skills to succeed in your trade.

Learn more

Explore your options

There are many different ways to experience a NAIT education, from full-time diploma programs and apprenticeships to part-time degrees. Let us help you choose what's right for you.

Apply for Apprenticeship and Industry Training

Begin the application process through MyTradesecrets.

Apply Now How to Apply