Greg Pzybilski runs the construction crane on the Seattle Children’s Hospital campus. He’s part of the Sellen Construction team that is helping to build Children’s hospital of the future. Here’s a short series of questions and Greg’s answers (Q&A) that will tell you a bit more about him and the work he does every day!

Q. How do you get up to the crane each day?

A. There is a ladder up the middle of the crane that I climb every day.

Q. Are you afraid of heights?

A. Yes, but I’ve gotten used to it.

Q. How do you communicate with your teammates below?

A. By walkie-talkie

Q. Do you need special training to operate the crane?

A. Yes. There is special training and you have to pass certification tests to operate the crane.

Q. Where did you learn to operate a crane?

A. I received training from the operator’s union, including two weeks at a training facility in Yakima, Washington, and from working with experienced crane operators on the job.

Q. How long have you been a crane operator?

A. I’ve been a crane operator for 14 years.

Q. What is the most fun aspect of your job?

A. I like being up in the air and looking down on the job. I enjoy seeing how much things change from the beginning of the day to the end of the day.

Q. What would the average person be surprised to learn about your job?

A. The crane moves a lot. It almost feels like a boat on the water, the way it rocks and flexes. It’s supposed to do that, so I feel very safe in the crane.

Q. Can you share other facts about the crane?

A. With this crane I can reach out over 88 yards, or almost as long as a football field. And I can lift up to 12 average-size automobiles at one time.

Thank you Greg!