Crane Operator - Journey Level - (Day)
Seattle, WA 
Posted 9 days ago
Position No Longer Available
Position No Longer Available
Job Description

As a federal contractor, Vigor expects to be subject to the vaccine mandate for federal contractors which is anticipated to go into effect on January 4th, 2022. Applicants should be aware that Vigor employees, whether working onsite or remotely, are expected to be subject to this federal mandate, notwithstanding applicable waivers for medical or religious accommodations

Vigor Values

Vigor expects all employees to enhance the atmosphere in which they work by living the Vigor Values every day.

Truth: We seek the truth, and we speak the truth
We act on what we know is right
: We seek mastery, and adapt to a changing world
We care about the people we work with, and the world we live in

The Crane Operator Journey Level job includes the following responsibilities and duties:


Technical Manuals

  • Interprets drawings, diagrams and writing pertaining to the safe and effective operations of equipment covered.
  • Makes effective use of Technical Manuals to derive procedures and interpret operating limitations of equipment and machinery.
  • Follows directions and procedures and interprets guidelines, graphs, charts, and diagrams to perform maintenance and other routine tasks

Weight, Force, Moments and Angles

  • Understands the use of vectors in force triangles to determine the tensions and compressions set up in the various types of weight handling equipment.

Weight Measurement

  • Uses area and volume multiplied by the known weight per cubic foot of a particular type of material to determine weight.


  • Identifies type, size, and purpose of all rigging equipment used on cranes.
  • Knows the mechanical properties of rigging and maintains rigging equipment.
  • Protects rigging from harmful conditions that could damage or weaken it.
  • Identifies & reports rigging equipment that appears defective and poses safety hazards.


  • Uses proper nomenclature and terminology when describing the parts and uses of wire rope.
  • Uses proper nomenclature and terminology identifying lifting devices

Crane Operation

  • Operates on raised rail system to provide travel of Portal / Whirly Crane.
  • Uses craneway personnel while moving about the yard.
  • Makes precise movements of load, receiving directions from riggers using international signals and radios.
  • Maintains situational awareness and is aware of any hazards within the area of operation.
  • Conforms with State and Federal requirements.
  • Adjusts to changing weather conditions such as rain, snow sun and wind.
  • Understands forces acting on loads and counteracts to retain complete control over the load.

Hand Signals

  • Interprets and responds to international signals given by riggers when load and landing are visible or obstructed.

Weight Measurement and Instruments

  • Uses the information gathered from weight measuring equipment and or instruments at all times when moving loads. Uses experience to determine Load Moment Indicators (LMI), uses knowledge of crane scales and Boom Angle Indicators.

Lifting and Handling Equipment

  • Is familiar with the limitations and functions of types of cranes.
  • Manipulates electric, hydraulic, and air-controlled pedals and levers to raise and lower boom and to travel.

Rigging Large Assemblies

  • Conducts heavy lift checks on cranes prior to picks to ensure safe operations and identify possible faults or defects to crane before making picks.
  • Operates cranes in concert to lift, travel, traverse and lower large assemblies.

Radius and Load Capacity Charts

  • Uses load capacity charts to ensure safe and proper loading materials.
  • Never exceeds posted limitations.

Crane Safety

  • Insures a level of safety is maintained to avoid mishap or injury to personnel or equipment during crane operations.

Pre-Operational Check

  • Conducts and completes daily pre-operational check form before placing crane into service.
  • Reports defective or inoperative equipment to the applicable parties.


  • Applies working knowledge of wind direction, velocity, and other weather conditions, to ensure safety of product movement.

SECONDARY DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES: Journey Level performs similar work as need arises.


High school diploma or GED preferred.

5-10 years relevant work experience, preferably operating whirly or tower cranes.

Proven skills, work history and/or applicable education will be considered in lieu of work experience.

Work experience on various types and model of cranes.


  • Valid Whirly /Tower Crane Certification / Lattice Boom
  • NCCCO Certification strongly preferred


Journey Level has the ability to apply a range of skills to a variety of work situations, either inside or outside the craft.


Journeyman has the ability to work, take direction, and communicate within the craft as well as cooperate with other crafts to meet production goals in a positive work environment. Identifies and resolves problems and works toward the success of assigned projects as a whole.


Journey Level has the ability to consistently and accurately accomplish assigned technical and non-technical tasks as directed, and works safely.

Demonstrated proficiency in 1 of the support groupings and knowledge of a core/main ship repair area (1 certification or equivalent) OR demonstrated proficiency of 2 support services areas. Requires some supervision to perform more complex jobs/tasks, but is able to perform majority of job duties independently, with minimal supervision.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Vigor and its wholly owned subsidiaries provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, protected veterans, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Vigor complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, benefits, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.


Position No Longer Available
Job Summary
Start Date
As soon as possible
Employment Term and Type
Regular, Full Time
Required Experience
5 to 10 years
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