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Hoist and Winch Operators - 53-7041.00

O*NET-SOC Description

Operate or tend hoists or winches to lift and pull loads using power-operated cable equipment.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Hoist Operator
  • Hoistman
  • Material Handler
  • Service Operator
  • Winch Derrick Operator

SOC Occupation Groups

53-0000 Transportation and Material Moving Occupations
53-7000 Material Moving Workers
53-7040 Hoist and Winch Operators
53-7041.00 Hoist and Winch Operators

Related Occupations


  • Apply hand or foot brakes and move levers to lock hoists or winches.
  • Attach, fasten, and disconnect cables or lines to loads, materials, and equipment, using hand tools.
  • Climb ladders to position and set up vehicle-mounted derricks.
  • Move levers, pedals, and throttles to stop, start, and regulate speeds of hoist or winch drums in response to hand, bell, buzzer, telephone, loud-speaker, or whistle signals, or by observing dial indicators or cable marks.
  • Move or reposition hoists, winches, loads and materials, manually or using equipment and machines such as trucks, cars, and hand trucks.
  • Observe equipment gauges and indicators and hand signals of other workers to verify load positions or depths.
  • Oil winch drums so that cables will wind smoothly.
  • Operate compressed air, diesel, electric, gasoline, or steam-driven hoists or winches to control movement of cableways, cages, derricks, draglines, loaders, railcars, or skips.
  • Repair, maintain, and adjust equipment, using hand tools.
  • Select loads or materials according to weight and size specifications.
  • Signal and assist other workers loading or unloading materials.
  • Start engines of hoists or winches and use levers and pedals to wind or unwind cable on drums.
  • Tend auxiliary equipment, such as jacks, slings, cables, or stop blocks, to facilitate moving items or materials for further processing.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Climb ladders or vehicles to perform duties.
  • Communicate with others to coordinate material handling or movement.
  • Connect cables or electrical lines.
  • Load shipments, belongings, or materials.
  • Maintain material moving equipment in good working condition.
  • Monitor equipment gauges or displays to ensure proper operation.
  • Move materials, equipment, or supplies.
  • Operate cranes, hoists, or other moving or lifting equipment.
  • Position material handling equipment.
  • Select project materials.

Military Crosswalk Titles

  • Able Seaman (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Aviation Boatswain's Mate, Aircraft Handling (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Aviation Maintenance Technician (Coast Guard - Enlisted)
  • Aviation Support Equipment Technician (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Boatswain's Mate (Coast Guard - Enlisted)
  • Boatswain's Mate (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Machinery Technician (Coast Guard - Enlisted)
  • Machinist's Mate (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Marine Safety Specialist Engineer (Coast Guard - Warrant Officer only)
  • Naval Engineering Specialty (Coast Guard - Warrant Officer only)
  • Patrol Boat Coxswain (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Seaman (Coast Guard - Enlisted)
  • Seaman (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Torpedoman's Mate (Navy - Enlisted)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

No information available.

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Boat Loader II
  • Boat-Hoist Operator
  • Clean-Out Driller
  • Coal Trimmer
  • Cupola Hoist Operator
  • Derrick Worker, Well Service
  • Electric-Fork Operator
  • Hoist Operator
  • Hoisting Engineer
  • Hydraulic-Boom Operator
  • Jammer Operator
  • Lathe Spotter
  • Log Loader
  • Marine Railway Operator
  • Pneumatic-Hoist Operator
  • Rigger
  • Scraper-Loader Operator
  • Stevedore I
  • Transfer Controller
  • Well Puller
  • Winch Driver
  • Yard Worker
  • Yarding Engineer