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Pre-Employment Mobile Crane

Closed for Winter 2020

Length: 9 Weeks
Credential: Certificate
Available: Full Time Classroom

Program Highlights

This 9-week program is designed to offer an alternative route to those looking to enter the Crane and Hoist Equipment Operator trade. This program covers all course materials received by a first-year Crane and Hoist Equipment Operator – Mobile Crane Apprentice, as well as additional value add programming focused on safety and field operations.

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Tuition and fees per year*

Year 1: $7,286

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

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This is a direct entry program. Applicants who meet the admission requirements are offered spots based on first qualified, first acceptance if space is available.

When can you apply?

  • Applications open are accepted until the program start date.
Term Program start
Winter 2021 Jan. 11, 2021

Program Details

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

Program Description

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 exam.

Upon successful completion of this program, you will be eligible to write the first period apprenticeship exam, and will earn a SAIT Pre-Employment Mobile Crane Certificate. Students will then be able to seek employment within the industry, which may lead to enrollment in an apprenticeship.

Career Opportunities

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

Credentials and Accreditation

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 Apprenticeship.

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.

Admission Requirements

Admission and Selection 

Winter 2021 start: applications open May 1, 2020 and are accepted until the program start date.

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

View additional Pre-Employment Mobile Crane program information including course-specific descriptions and requisites.

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


Domestic Tuition and Fees*

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees Saitsa fees Health & Dental Plan 2020/21 total
1 $7,100 $186 - - $7,286


Campus athletic and recreation Fee: $86
Universal transit pass (UPass): N/A
Student support fee: $50
Student technology fee: $50

Books and supplies*

  • Books are included in the tuition fees.
  • There will be additional fees for personal protection equipment. Proper outdoor clothing will be expected, as students are expected to work in all outside working conditions.
  • The Apprenticeship exam fee is approximately $150 and will be collected within the first three weeks of the program.
  • Find out about tuition and financial aid.

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


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