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Hoist & Winch Operator

Job Summary

Responsible for monitoring, operating, cleaning, and repairing hoists or winches to lift and pull material with cable equipment.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Operate hoists and winches to lift and pull loads.
  • Use power-operated cable equipment on winches.
  • Move levers and throttles.
  • Start and stop speeds of hoist or winch drums in response to a variety of signals, including hand, bell, buzzer, telephone, loud-speaker, or whistle signals.
  • Use levers and pedals to wind or unwind cable on drums.
  • Monitor equipment gauges and indicators to verify load position.
  • Reposition hoists and winches.
  • Load and unload materials using equipment and machines.
  • Select loads according to weight and size.
  • Operate compressed air, diesel, electric, gasoline, or steam-driven hoists or winches in order to control movement of cableways, cages, derricks, draglines, loaders, railcars, or skips.
  • Attach or disconnect cables to loads.
  • Move levers to lock hoists and winches.
  • Lubricate winch drums so cables can wind on.
  • Repair, maintain, and adjust equipment, using hand tools.
  • Climb ladders in order to position and setup vehicle-mounted derricks.