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Construction and Hoisting Techniques

Crane Operation, Rigging and Construction Techniques

Crane Operation, Rigging and Construction Techniques

It is believed that cranes date back as early as 900 B.C. during the time of the ancient Greeks. Throughout time the structure and purpose of the crane have changed, but one thing remains the same: it plays an essential role in lifting large objects. You will gain knowledge of the tools related to construction, rigging and hoisting methods as well as safety measures, that will help you play an essential role.

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Program Description

In just eight months, you can gain the theoretical and practical skills needed to work in the construction industry, particularly in the field of hoisting. The only program of its kind in Ontario, Crane Operation Rigging and Construction Techniques offers small practical classes designed to prepare job-ready graduates while emphasizing job safety. The curriculum is divided into five specific areas, with two semesters spent on each area: introduction to cranes; rigging; job safety; maintenance; and tools.

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Admission Requirements

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or Mature Student Status
  • Grade 12 English (C or U)
  • Grade 12 mathematics (C, M or U)
  • Technical mathematics (recommended)
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Career Options


  • 0-8 ton operator
  • Class 7 forklift operator
  • Construction worker
  • Crane operator apprentice
  • Rigger


  • Contracting firms
  • Construction companies
  • Crane rental companies
  • Foundation/drilling companies
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Program Costs

YEAR ONE FEESDomesticInternational
Compulsory Ancillary


Program Incidental$615$615
Total Fees:$4,606$14,778

Please note: fees are based on the 2016-2017 academic year and do not include textbooks. For more information please see Other fees to consider.

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Post-Admission Communications Assessment

To help prepare you for success in your program and in your future career, all students accepted into this program will complete an assessment to determine your reading comprehension and writing skills. For more information please visit the post-admission communications assessment website.

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Opportunities For Degree Completion Or Additional Credentials

As a graduate, you may be eligible to apply your academic credits toward further study through Durham College’s partnerships with many Canadian and international colleges and universities.

Please visit the Transfer Guide for more information.

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Students applying to this program may be eligible to apply for the W. Garfield Weston Foundation Award. Qualified recipients of the award will receive $5,000 per year, for up to two years, including $1,500 for tuition and $3,500 for other expenses such as travel, food, books, tools and supplies. For more information, please visit the award page.

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