Crane Chasers sling cranes and winches, and direct the movement of loads ensuring loads do not exceed lifting capacities.

Specialisations: Dogman/woman, Slinger.

You usually need a certificate III in dogging to work as a Crane Chaser. Traineeships may be available.

Tasks

  • Slings cranes and winches.
  • Directs the movement of loads.
  • Ensures loads do not exceed lifting capacities.
  • May inform operator of progress with the manoeuvre.

All Other Construction and Mining Labourers

  • $1,683 Weekly Pay
  • Moderate Future Growth
  • Average unemployment Unemployment

Crane Chasers

  • 960 workers Employment Size
  • Entry level Skill level rating
  • 80% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 50 hours Average full-time
  • 36 years Average age
  • 2% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Crane Chasers (in their main job) stayed about the same over 5 years:
from 930 in 2011 to 960 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a very small occupation.
  • Location: Crane Chasers work in many parts of Australia. New South Wales and Queensland have a large share of workers.
  • Industries: Most work in Construction; Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services; and Mining.
  • Full-time: Many work full-time (80%, higher than the average of 66%).
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 50 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 36 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
  • Gender: 2% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

Employment Outlook

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Main Industries

Main Employing Industries (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
Construction83.0
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services3.6
Mining3.3
Manufacturing3.2
Other Industries6.9

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StateCrane ChasersAll Jobs Average
NSW43.231.6
VIC18.025.6
QLD24.620.0
SA1.17.0
WA9.510.8
TAS0.32.0
NT1.61.0
ACT1.71.9

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketCrane ChasersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-191.7-5.05.0
20-2412.3-9.39.3
25-3430.5-22.922.9
35-4422.1-22.022.0
45-5422.0-21.621.6
55-596.8-9.09.0
60-643.5-6.06.0
65 and Over1.0-4.24.2

Education Level

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

Source: ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
Type of QualificationCrane ChasersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate0.0-10.110.1
Bachelor degree2.6-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma4.2-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV42.9-21.121.1
Year 1217.8-18.118.1
Year 117.2-4.84.8
Year 10 and below25.3-12.512.5

You usually need a certificate III in dogging to work as a Crane Chaser. Traineeships may be available.

Checks, licences and tickets

You may need:

  • dogger licence
  • construction induction card (white card)
  • working at heights ticket
  • high risk work licence
  • forklift licence

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Employers look for Construction and Mining Labourers who are reliable, hardworking and can work independently.

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Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Mechanical

    74% Skill level

    Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

  2. Education and training

    63% Skill level

    Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

  3. Technical design

    58% Skill level

    Design techniques, tools, and principles used to make detailed technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

  4. Building and construction

    58% Skill level

    Materials, and methods used to construct or repair houses, buildings, or other structures like highways and roads.

  5. Mathematics

    58% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

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The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

  1. Wear common protective or safety equipment

    94% Important

    Wear equipment like safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets.

  2. Face-to-face discussions

    93% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  3. Frequent decision making

    93% Important

    Frequently make decisions that impact other people.

  4. Using your hands to handle, control, or feel

    91% Important

    Spend time using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls.

  5. Being exact or accurate

    89% Important

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

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