Port Houston

Crane Technician

Port Houston - Posted 1 year ago
$31k-83k/year  + Equity
*high salary
*Based on 0 Crane Operator salary records


Houston, TX

no experience required
Company size
56k employees

Crane Operator Job description

Who we are:

Port Houston is the advocate and a strategic leader of the Houston Ship Channel, one of the most powerful economic engines in the state and the country. Port Houston owns and operates the public wharves and terminals along the Houston Ship Channel, including the area’s largest breakbulk facility and two of the most efficient container terminals in the country.

Through our leadership and our work, we help ensure the nation’s busiest waterway stays running to benefit the customers of the public facilities we operate, our surrounding communities and industries, and our region. Port Houston exists to move the world and drive regional prosperity.

The work we do helps build up our local community, supports the economy, bolsters goodwill for the state of Texas, and influences the outlook of the entire region. And this is only the beginning! Our best accomplishments are ahead of us as we expand the Houston Ship Channel and widen its reach to become America’s distribution hub for the next generation.

Who you are:

You are more than the work you do. We want your work at Port Houston to be more than a job – we want it to be a fulfilling experience where you find challenging and rewarding opportunities, respect among colleagues, competitive pay, benefits that protect you and your family, and high-performance culture that values your contributions and helps you reach your career goals.

Sound like the place for you?

Crane Technician Position Summary:

Troubleshoots, adjusts, repairs, and conducts preventative maintenance on Port Houston cranes. 

Key Responsibilities/Duties:

  • Apply technical knowledge of electrical and mechanical systems to determine equipment malfunction and restore it to OEM standards
  • Inspect, repair, and maintain wharf and RTG cranes
  • Maintain routine records related to work performed and materials used
  • Diagnose, repair and install machinery including gearboxes, hydraulic systems, brakes, compressors, stored energy systems and engines (for RTGs only), and other related parts
  • Diagnose, repair and install electrical controls and circuits for a variety of electrical equipment such as switches, sensors, lighting systems and motors
  • Use hand tools such as hoists, pressure gauges, drills, grinding wheels, multi meters, conduit benders and other tools common to mechanical and electrical trades
  • Read and use factory manuals, blueprints, sketches and drawings as required to install and troubleshoot equipment
  • Work required scheduled overtime hours and be available for unscheduled overtime when operating requirements or other business needs of Port Houston cannot be fulfilled during regular working hours
  • Effectively communicate service timeline and field repairs with Operations/Maintenance groups
  • Act in accordance with Port Houston's core values (respect, excellence, accountability, diligence, and you)
  • Perform other duties as required 


  • A High School diploma or GED equivalent required
  • 4+ years of related mechanic experience required
  • 4+ years related electrical experience required
  • Electrical Journeyman License preferred 

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, and Behaviors:

  • Knowledge of relevant electrical codes such as the National Electrical code
  • Knowledge of basic electronic troubleshooting and repairs
  • Knowledge of control circuits, DC and AC motor maintenance, power distribution, and overall function of container handling cranes
  • Knowledge of electrical controls and circuits installed on Port Houston equipment
  • Ample knowledge of electricity, electrical systems and equipment
  • Knowledge of safety precautions necessary to deal with occupational hazards
  • General working knowledge of computers and Microsoft Office software (Word, Excel)
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing
  • Ability to obtain State of Texas Electrician’s license
  • Knowledge of programmable logic controller and variable frequency drive
  • Knowledge of medium and high voltage switch gear is desired
  • Judgment and quick thinking skills
  • Ability to climb and be comfortable at heights
  • Knowledge diagnostics and repair
  • The ability to weld is desired
  • Knowledge of mechanics
  • Knowledge of millwright repair and maintenance
  • Knowledge of safety precautions concerning occupational hazards
  • Ability to work with others
  • Ability to pay attention to detail
  • Ability to operate a forklift
  • A current, valid Texas driver's license is required
  • A Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) must be obtained within 30 days of appointment, and be maintained for the duration of employment

Key Competencies Required:

  • Effective communication
  • Planning and organizing
  • Attention to detail
  • Safety
  • Technical/Professional Knowledge and Skills 

Port Houston proudly embraces diversity and Equal Employment opportunities. Our teams reflect our commitment to celebrating diversity and creating an equitable and inclusive environment for all employees. We do not discriminate based upon race, religion, color, national origin, gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, or other applicable legally protected characteristics.

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