Crane Operator Jobs in Houston

Crane Operator

Job Details

Hiring Organization Watco
Post Name Crane Operator
Industry Private
Employment Type Full Time
Location Houston, Texas, United States 77015

Working at Watco

Watco has a reputation for putting people first. In fact, our company was named a 2022 Newsweek Top 100 Most Loved Workplace®. Working at Watco means working in the exciting field of transportation and supply chain logistics.

We’re involved in domestic and international operations that are expanding all the time. Working at Watco also means a supportive, collaborative environment where you can learn and build a career. 

You’ll find that safety is at the heart of everything we do. We look out for our team members’ safety and the safety of the people in the communities where we work.  In addition to these strengths, we offer competitive pay and industry-leading benefits. Come to Watco and join a team where you’ll leave each day knowing you’ve made a difference.


  • Operates and maintains – American 9310 or Manitowoc 555 Crane or equal equipment, Front-end loader, Forklifts, Skid Steer, and barge moving winch equipment utilized in loading and discharge of steel from marine barges, trucks, and rail cars. Plus must oversee the general management of personnel, equipment, and facility for normal terminal operations.
  • Safe, efficient operation of Friction Rig / Crane or any equipment involved at the terminal.
  • Maintains equipment by performing preventative maintenance i.e. lubricating, cleaning, adding gear lubricants, changing cables, and documenting all activities performed daily.
  • Responsible for the crane adjustments-brakes, clutches, motors, and support equipment  – Air and Hydraulic systems.
  • Check all fluids and air pressures.
  • Inspect all moving parts, cables, boom, pendant lines, sheaves, and buckets.
  • Responsible for the safety of barge, truck, or rail cars and all crew members working in the area at all times, especially when the vessel is in motion and when the material is being removed from or loaded into the vessel.
  • Observes load hookup and determine the safety of the load.
  • Observes safety and security procedures; report potentially unsafe conditions.
  • Manipulates or depresses crane controls such as pedals, levers, and buttons, to regulate the speed and direction of crane and hoist movement.
  • Uses equipment and materials properly.
  • Troubleshoot equipment problems and minor repairs.
  • As directed performs activities of co-workers.
  • Must be willing to work shift and/or overtime hours during the week and/or weekends as dictated by operations.
  • In order to appropriately perform the essential duties of this job, regular work attendance is required.
  • Fastens attachments to the crane with cables and becket pins.
  • Connects hydraulic hoses, belts, mechanical linkage, or electrical power cords to the crane.
  • Moves levers to control equipment movement and attachments.
  • Moves levers and depresses pedals to maneuver the crane and raise, lower boom, and Load Block to discharge or load materials to or from vessels.
  • Maintains equipment by performing preventive maintenance, i.e.: lubricating, cleaning, adding gear lubricants, changing filters, and documents all activities performed.
  • Greases, oils, and performs minor repairs on a crane or front-end loader daily.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Machines, Tools, Special Equipment, and Personal Protective Equipment Used: 

  • Overhead crane, Cable Crawler friction crane, Skid Steer, Forklift, Loader,
  •  PPE; hard hat, vest, safety glasses, gloves, steel-toed boots


  • High school education or general education diploma (GED).
  • In order to appropriately perform the essential duties of this job, regular work attendance is required.
  • A minimum of five years of experience working with Friction rig cranes, winches, clamshell buckets, etc.
  • Must know requirements for safe boom/cable weight limitations.
  • Must possess and maintain a valid motor vehicle operator’s driver’s license and have the willingness to use personal and/or company vehicles in the course of employment.
  • Must possess heavy equipment operator’s certification for equipment being operated and when required.
  • Must be able to work with a team, take direction from supervisors, keep required work schedules, focus attention on details, and follow work rules.
  • Preferred: Working knowledge of drawing works, winches, licenses, and certificates.
  • Must possess Safety training/certification as required by customers to work in their facilities and as required by Watco Companies at all locations.
  • Ability to pass training and required testing.

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