If you are from a non-English speaking background then you may feel that crane operator training is not for you. With a little patience, an open mind, and the willingness to learn, crane operator training and a career as a crane operator may be a perfect fit. Understanding English is important – don’t get me wrong. You do need to understand what is being asked of you when given a job to do. However, in most cases, once you have an understanding of what is involved with a particular task, the rest is easy.
Crane operators, whether they are operating a mobile crane or a massive tower crane, hardly speak a word whilst working. Instructions from those on the ground or around the actual lift are generally given through hand signals. These hand signals are the same in every language so whether you speak perfect English, or none at all, if you understand these signals there will not be a problem.
Where there may be a problem is in learning those hand signals. If you don’t have a clear understanding of the English language then you may struggle to get through your training. However, if you do have at least a basic understanding of the language then you should be able to get through the training.
The best option is to find a training organization that has the patience to work with students from non-English speaking backgrounds. ATS Crane Operator School is one such organization. No matter what your background, if you have a reasonable understanding of the English language then we can help you through your crane operator training and into a lucrative career. Contact us to see if your language skills are sufficient to successfully complete a crane operator training program.