Hoist and Winch Operators

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What do they do?

Operate or tend hoists or winches to lift and pull loads using power-operated cable equipment.

Also known as:

Hoist Operator, Hoistman, Material Handler, Service Operator, Winch Derrick Operator

Typical Wages

Annual wages for Hoist and Winch Operators in United States

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Projected Growth Rate

Employment of Hoist and Winch Operators is projected to Decline 8 percent from 2018 to 2028

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Projected Employment

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Projected Employment Rankings For Virginia:

  • -8.3%

    Percent Change

    Ranks #19 in job growth rate
  • 10

    Annual Projected Job Openings

    Ranks #13 in net job growth

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Majors that prepare Hoist and Winch Operators:

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Education Level

  • Doctorate or Professional Degree (0%)
  • Master's degree (0.7%)
  • Bachelor's degree (2.2%)
  • Associate's degree (2.9%)
  • Some college, no degree (20.1%)
  • High school diploma equivalent (57.7%)
  • Less than high school diploma (16.4%)

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Skills

People in this career often have these skills:

  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions, or approaches to problems.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Operations Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
  • Time Management - Managing one's own time and the time of others.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Operation and Control - Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
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Abilities

People in this career often have talent in:

  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing that there is a problem.
  • Arm-Hand Steadiness - The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
  • Control Precision - The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
  • Reaction Time - The ability to quickly respond (with the hand, finger, or foot) to a signal (sound, light, picture) when it appears.
  • Depth Perception - The ability to judge which of several objects is closer or farther away from you, or to judge the distance between you and an object.
  • Multilimb Coordination - The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion.
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Activities: what you might do in a day

People in this career often do these activities:

  • Operate cranes, hoists, or other moving or lifting equipment.
  • Monitor equipment gauges or displays to ensure proper operation.
  • Maintain material moving equipment in good working condition.
  • Move materials, equipment, or supplies.
  • Position material handling equipment.
  • Climb ladders or vehicles to perform duties.
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This page includes data from:

O*NET OnLine Career data: O*NET 26.3 Database by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (“USDOL/ETA”). Used under the CC BY 4.0 license. O*NET® is a trademark of USDOL/ETA

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