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Become A Dock Worker

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Working As A Dock Worker

  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • Handling and Moving Objects
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Controlling Machines and Processes
  • Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment
  • Deal with People

  • Stressful

  • $25,010

    Average Salary

What Does A Dock Worker Do At New Penn Motor Express

* Load and unload freight utilizing fork lift, pallet jack or material handling equipment
* Balance and roll drums on barrel truck
* Use fork lifts, hand trucks, and pallet jacks etc.
* Secure cargo using chains, load bars, wood blocks, straps etc.
* Complete inspection reports, bills of loading, manifests, and accident reports
* Verify loads are correct, and note any overages, shortages or damages
* Comply with all regulations for safety and efficiency
* Keep dock and equipment clean at all times

What Does A Dock Worker Do At Mountain Valley Express

* Reads manifests or follows oral instructions to ascertain freight to be moved.
* Opens trailers.
* Loads and unloads materials onto or from pallets by hand.
* Loads materials into vehicles and installs bracing, rope, or dunnage to prevent shifting or damage in transit.
* Counts, and records number of units of materials moved or handled on control copy and manifest.
* Loads truck for local drivers.
* Lifts heavy objects by hand or with pallet jacks or hand trucks and cleans work area.
* Shovels loose materials such as absorbent to clean up liquid spills into containers such as barrels.
* Operates forklift (after being certified) to assist in loading or moving materials and products

What Does A Dock Worker Do At Centerline

* We are hiring CDL Class A drivers for a variety of local opportunities.
* We have full and part time jobs, dedicated customers and provide you with the work/home balance you are looking for; you are home every night.
* CDL Class A driving jobs
* Full-time and part-time work available
* Home every night
* We work with you to find the driving job that is the right fit for you.
* Local, regional and dedicated driving jobs
* We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other characteristic protected by law

What Does A Dock Worker Do At Reddaway

* Load and unload cargo, with or without supplemental aids.
* The work may include tasks such as rolling 600 pound drums into place and overhead loading of freight weighing as much as 80 pounds.
* Uses good judgment to load and secure freight in such a way that the trailer can be operated safely and efficiently over the road to prevent damages.
* Properly and efficiently completes all necessary paperwork required by law, regulation or Company policy.
* Verifies the load against the shipping papers, noting in writing any overages, shortages or damages.
* Comprehends and complies with hazardous materials regulations and emergency responses.
* Communicates with supervision regularly to report conditions.
* Sweeps or cleans up dock and equipment

What Does A Dock Worker Do At Staff Management | SMX

* Associates will load, unload, and move materials within the warehouse using radio frequency scanners.
* Conveys materials to or from storage to designated area, using forklifts.
* Operate forklift, hand truck, pallet jack and other warehouse equipment in a professional and safe manner.
* Adhere to strict safety, quality, and production standards.
* Assist in keeping warehouses clean and organized on a daily basis.
* Keep Forklift neat and clean daily.
* Employment Types: Temp to Hire, Full Time.
* Work Location: Smx @ Penske Logistics, 1101 Cherry Blossom Way, Georgetown, KY 40324.
* Job Types: Distribution, Equipment Operator, General Warehouse, Machine Operator, Material Handler, Shipping and Receiving, Warehouse.
* Shifts: 2nd Shift, 1st Shift.
* Attributes: Background Check, Drug Test, Stand for Shift Duration, Must be at least 18 years old.
* Benefits: Casual Dress Code, Other on the spot perks, Weekly paychecks, Direct Deposit or Cash Card pay options, Medical / Dental Insurance, Sign on Bonus (Restrictions Apply), Referral Bonus (Restrictions Apply

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How To Become A Dock Worker

Formal education is not usually required to become a hand laborer or material mover. Employers typically require only that applicants be physically able to perform the work.


There are no formal education requirements to become a hand laborer or material mover.


Most positions for hand laborers and material movers require less than 1 month of on-the-job training. Some workers need only a few days of training, and most training is done by a supervisor or a more experienced worker who decides when trainees are ready to work on their own.

Workers learn safety rules as part of their training. Many of these rules are standardized through the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA).

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Refuse and recyclable material collectors who drive trucks that exceed a certain capacity—such as vehicles with the combined weight of the vehicle, passengers, and cargo exceeding 26,000 pounds—must have a commercial driver’s license (CDL). Obtaining a CDL requires passing written, skill, and vision tests.

Important Qualities

Customer-service skills. Hand laborers and material movers who work with the public, such as grocery baggers or car wash attendants, must be pleasant and courteous to customers.

Hand–eye coordination. Most hand laborers and material movers use their arms and hands to manipulate objects or move objects into specific positions.

Listening skills. Hand laborers and material movers follow instructions that a supervisor gives them.

Physical stamina. Hand laborers and material movers need the endurance to perform strenuous tasks, such as moving or cleaning objects, throughout the day.

Physical strength. Some workers must be able to lift and carry heavy objects.

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Dock Worker Demographics


  • Male

  • Female

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  • White

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Asian

  • Unknown

  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • German

  • French

  • Arabic

  • Italian

  • Portuguese

  • Carrier

  • Swahili

  • Chinese

  • Dakota

  • Cantonese

  • Bulgarian

  • Dutch

  • Zulu

  • Vietnamese

  • Japanese

  • Mandarin

  • Swedish

  • Tagalog

  • Russian

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Top Skills for A Dock Worker


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Top Dock Worker Skills

  1. Tractor Trailers
  2. Electric Pallet Jack
  3. Delivery Vehicles
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • load and unload tractor trailers for various parts of the country following shipping manifests generate freight bills
  • Loaded pallets on and unloaded pallets out of trailers using electric pallet jacks and forklifts.
  • Move freight, stock, or other materials to loading docks and delivery vehicles by hand.
  • Used propane forklift to load trailer at warehouse.
  • Follow appropriate safety procedures for transporting dangerous goods.

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