top of page
  • A.F. Theriault & Son Ltd.


Full Time, Permanent

As a Shipyard Crane Operator, your primary role is to ensure proper rigging of loads, operate and control shipyard cranes efficiently and safely to facilitate the lifting, positioning, and transportation of heavy materials, components, and equipment within the shipyard. Your precision, attention to safety protocols, and adept handling of the crane machinery will be instrumental in supporting the shipbuilding and repair processes.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Operate A.F. Theriault & Son Ltd.’s Rough Terrain Mobile Cranes to lift, move, position or place equipment and/or materials as required while ensuring the safety of him/herself, the crane and any employees or equipment in the surrounding area (familiarity with crane’s limits and operating manual will be required);

  • The Crane Operator is responsible for the safety of all employees and machinery involved with any given lift. If, for any reason, the crane operator is not comfortable with the safety of himself, the crane or any employees or equipment in the surrounding area, he has the right to refuse the start or completion of any lift in his scope of work;

  • Perform pre-operational inspection and calculate crane capacities and weight in order to prepare rigging and hoisting properly;

  • Perform routine maintenance work on the cranes such as cleaning and lubricating as required (if any repairs which cannot be performed by the crane operator are required; they are to inform Senior Management of the required repairs);

  • Ensure that their log book is properly filled out and signed accordingly;

  • Ensure all chain falls, slings and any other rigging used in the yard are properly inspected. Ensure that any rigging which has failed inspection is taken out of commission;

  • Comply with A.F Theriault & Son Ltd. Policies and procedures and Nova Scotia Occupational Health and Safety Regulations. Follow safety protocols and maintain, use and wear all personal protective equipment (PPE) applicable to the area you will be in or the operation or task you are about to conduct to prevent accidents. Ensure potential health and safety hazards are corrected or brought to the attention of Management and/or Health and Safety Committee to prevent accidents in the workplace;

  • Perform other duties as required;

  • Ensure that materials on jobs in hand are being correctly charged to the proper job numbers, activity codes and/or others;

  • Willing to work overtime and weekends as needed to complete project deadlines;

  • Willing to go to apprenticeship training if applicable;

  • Participate in continuous improvement efforts.


  • Must have a Mobile Crane Operator Class II Certification or higher valid in the Province of Nova Scotia;

  • An Apprentice Mobile Crane Operator can be hired if a certified mobile crane operator is already on staff and is able to sign off on the apprentice’s hours;

  • Must hold a valid driver’s license;

  • Must have good problem solving and mathematical skills;

  • Must be trustworthy, dependable and confident, possess good judgement and have a positive attitude as many different sectors of the shipyard are dependent on the operation of cranes. An organized individual capable of managing his/her time and efforts in an efficient manner is a necessity;

  • Able to move in narrow and restricted passageways, up/down steep and narrow ladders or stairways, and up and down antenna masts, marine slips, and gangways (onboard ships). Must be able to spend significant amount of time in his/her feet throughout the day;

  • Must be a team player which includes very good communication skills (verbal and hand signals);

  • Be able to work overtime hours as required; and

  • Be able to communicate in either English or French.


Company Pension Matching

Through our pension matching program, we assist our employees in building a stronger foundation for their retirement.

Dental and Vision Care

Keep your teeth healthy and your eyes sharp with comprehensive vision and dental coverage.

Disability Insurance

Life is unpredictable, and we recognize that unexpected events can impact your ability to work.

Extended Health Care

We offer access to Health insurance to keep you feeling great.

Life Insurance

We understand that life is a journey filled with uncertainties, and it's essential to plan for the well-being of your loved ones.

On-Site Parking

With ample and secure on-site parking, you can say goodbye to the time-consuming search for a    parking spot and the worry of finding a safe place for your vehicle.

Store Discount

Our most famous benefit, every Employee gets a 15% exclusive in-store discount.


Monday to Friday 8am – 5pm

Supplemental pay types:

• Overtime pay

Ability to commute/relocate:

• Meteghan River, NS: reliably commute or plan to relocate before starting work (required)

Address 1 D’Entremont Road, P. O. Box 10, Meteghan River, Nova Scotia, B0W 2L0

About Us A. F. Theriault & Son Ltd. is a Canadian boatyard based in Meteghan, Nova Scotia. One of the largest private boatyards in Atlantic Canada, our modern and well-equipped facility can produce monohull or catamaran vessels in fiberglass, steel, aluminum or advanced composites. A.F. Theriault places a strong emphasis on construction quality, safety and stability of all boats, builds and repairs. We pride ourselves not only on our expertise in crafting state-of-the-art vessels but also on our commitment to excellence in shipyard repairs, ensuring the longevity and seaworthiness of both our new builds and existing maritime assets.

How To Apply:

You can drop off your resume directly at the shipyard or email

Speak with the employer

+1 902 645-2327

We thank everyone for their submission. Selected candidate(s) will be contacted for an interview.


Recent Posts



bottom of page