Pre-employment Mobile Crane

Open for Winter 2022

Length: 9 weeks Credential: Certificate Delivery: Full Time Classroom

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The Pre-Employment Mobile Crane program is designed to offer an alternative route to those who wish to enter the Crane and Hoist Equipment Operator trade. This program covers all course materials taught in apprenticeship - level first-year technical training for the Crane and Hoist Equipment Operator - Mobile Crane, and Crane and Hoist Equipment Operator - Boom Truck Apprenticeships as well as additional value-add programming which focuses on safety and field operations.

Students in this program will be provided with the opportunity to operate cranes in both a simulated, and field environment. They will operate various types of mobile cranes: all-terrain, rough-terrain, lattice-boom crawler (simulated), and swing-cab boom truck.

The program prepares students to enter into an apprenticeship with hands-on skills. Upon successful completion of the program, students will qualify to challenge the first year Crane and Hoisting Equipment Operator - Boom Truck Crane and Hoist Equipment Operator - Mobile Crane apprenticeship exams.

Is this the right fit for me?

Mobile Crane operators are employed by general contractors and subcontractors in the forestry, mining, construction and oil industries, and by crane rental companies. Employment prospects change with seasonal and economic climates.

If you chose a career as a Mobile Crane Operator, you'll need the following characteristics:

  • good vision
  • depth perception
  • manual dexterity
  • the ability to work at heights
  • the strength, stamina and ability to use proper lifting techniques to lift items weighing in excess of 25 kilograms
  • the ability to work as part of a team and communicate to ground crews, usually using hand signals and voice communication


Upon successful completion of the program, students will receive a SAIT certificate and may be eligible to challenge the written and practical exams for the first-year Crane and Hoisting Operator apprenticeship.

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Career opportunities

Graduates can pursue entry-level positions in the forestry, mining, construction and oil and gas industries and are prepared to become indentured mobile crane operator apprentices. 

Potential career progression includes: 

  • mobile crane operator journeyperson 
  • supervisory positions 

Related careers include: 

  • heavy equipment operator 
  • oil and gas transportation services occupations 

Tuition and fees per year*

Year 1: $7,718

*Tuition, fees, books and supply costs are subject to change

Full costs
Tuition and financial aid

Canada-Alberta Job Grant  This program is eligible for Canada-Alberta Job Grant funding.


You will be offered admission to this program through direct entry if you meet the admission requirements and space is available.

Admission requirements

When can you apply?

Applications are accepted until the program start date but are subject to change.

  • Applications for winter 2022 open March 31, 2021.
Classes begin Year start date  Year end date
Winter 2022 Jan. 10, 2022 March 11, 2022

How to apply

Admission Requirements

Admission and Selection 

  • Winter 2022 start: applications open March 31, 2021, until the program start date but are subject to change.

Admission Requirements

Successful completion of the following courses or equivalents:

  • Math 10C, Math 10-3, Pure Math 10, or Applied Math 10,
  • English Language Arts 10-1 or English Language Arts 10-2,
  • All applicants must demonstrate English Language Proficiency prior to admission, including students educated in Canada.
  • A pass mark in the SAIT Admission Examination (Level 2) or equivalent is accepted in lieu of the above requirements.

Note: General Educational Development (GED) tests are not accepted in lieu of the admission requirements.

SAIT accepts high school course equivalents for admission. If you don't meet the requirements, consider Academic Upgrading.

SAIT evaluates international documents for admissions. After you've applied, consider our  international document assessment service if your education is from outside of Canada. 

Direct Entry: Four Step Process

Step 1: Read the program information to see the qualities needed for student success.

Step 2: Ensure that you meet all of the admission requirements listed above.

Step 3: Apply to Pre-Employment Mobile Crane and submit your transcripts and/or anticipated final grades.

  • Admission will be extended on a first-qualified, first-offered basis until the program is full.

Step 4: Find out how to monitor your application status after you apply.

Communication during selection

Email is the primary source of communication during the selection process. Ensure your personal email account is managed appropriately to receive our emails, files and communications. 

Program Outline

Course Code Course Name Credits
AMAT 202 Workplace Safety 1.5
AMEC 206 Boom Trucks and Cranes 1.5
AMEC 207 Rigging Equipment and Procedures 1.5
OPER 205 Load Charts Reading and Interpretation 3.0
RREG 205 Equipment Operation 3.0
SIMU 202 Specialty Lifts and Workplace Coaching 1.5
Total Credits 12.0

Looking for course descriptions and requisites? Visit the course catalogue

Transfer Options

The opportunity to advance your education through transfer to, within or from SAIT is available with the following universities and colleges:

  • Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training
  • Rocky Mountain College

To learn more, visit Transfer Options.


2021/22 Domestic Tuition and Fees*

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees Saitsa fees Health & Dental Plan 2021/22 total
1 $7,597 $121 $- $- $7,718


Campus athletic and recreation Fee: $46
Universal transit pass (UPass): N/A
Student support fee: $38
Student technology fee: $38
Saitsa fee: N/A

Health and Dental Fees

Domestic Students 

  • Health Plan: N/A
  • Dental Plan: N/A

Find out about tuition and financial aid.

* Tuition, fees, books and supply costs are subject to change.

Next steps for incoming students

Have you been accepted to this program? Here's what you'll need for your first day of classes.

Winter 2022

How to register for classes

You’ll follow a fixed block registration process to enrol in your classes. Learn how to register on our registration and schedules page.

Computers and laptops

This is a bring your own device program with a standard hardware and software requirement. See the specific requirements on our computers and laptops page

Required personal protective equipment (PPE)

  • Steel-toe CSA-approved work boots
  • reflective marked vest
  • hard hat
  • work gloves

Preparation courses

To support your success, you are required to complete two short courses to prepare you for the academic year: 

PERS 050: Student Rights and Responsibilities

This course is designed to introduce you to student rights and responsibilities at SAIT. You will learn about SAIT's rich and diverse community, become familiar with guidelines and procedures that create a safe, respectful learning experience for you, and gain practical tips for how you can engage in the SAIT community in a positive and responsible way. PRES-050 must be completed within 30 days from the start of the semester.

PREP 100: The SAIT Experience

Get tips and insider information on time management, exam preparation, effective notetaking and more through this free, online short course for new students. Plus, learn about discussion boards, online communication and submitting assignments online. Course completion is recommended by the end of your first semester.

Both courses can be accessed through Brightspace (D2L) before the first day of classes.

Required textbooks

Find your booklist on the SAIT Bookstore's website. The booklist will be available closer to the program start date. 

Can’t find your program or course? The bookstore didn't receive a textbook list. Contact your program directly to determine if they’re still refining course details or if you're in luck, no textbook purchase required this term.


Phone: 403.652.6886

Academic Chair

Jason Purdy, Academic Chair

Next steps for all students

Here's what else you'll need to do to get ready!

Next steps for accepted students

Important dates and deadlines

Find important dates applicable to all students, including your transcript and tuition payment deadlines on our Important Dates page.

Important Dates

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