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Become A Forklift Driver

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Working As A Forklift Driver

  • Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Handling and Moving Objects
  • Getting Information
  • Unpleasant/Hazardous Environment

  • Stressful

  • $27,040

    Average Salary

What Does A Forklift Driver Do At Kelly Services

* Safely unload/load and transfer pallets within a warehouse.
* Transport materials between loading, processing and storage areas.
* Move levers and controls that operate lifting devices, such as forklifts and clamps, to load, unload, transport and stack material.
* Manually or mechanically load and unload materials from pallets, skids and boxes and secure materials or products for transport to designated areas.
* Maintain system transactions and paperwork that validate the processing and disposition of material though the company-s warehouse management system.
* Complete records, logs, manifests, time sheets and other pertinent documentation to support the job-s function.
* Maintain a safe work environment and good housekeeping by following established safety procedures.
* Maintain required quality and production levels.
* Refer issues and problems to the warehouse lead or manager for the area as necessary

What Does A Forklift Driver Do At Tenneco

* Operate forklift, read and follow directions, and respond quickly in a fast-paced production environment.
* Perform the above within acceptable quality, quantity, performance and safety standards.
* Use Epic Scanner for material movement in SAP.
* Transport materials and baskets to and from work cells as needed to maintain continuous production.
* Overtime as required/requested.
* Load and unload trucks, dump scrap, move machinery, etc. as requested.
* Perform safety checks and basic preventative maintenance daily on the forklifts.
* Follow safety regulations at all times
* This list may not be all-inclusive and may include other duties as assigned by the supervisor.
* Required Skills

What Does A Forklift Driver Do At Johnson Controls

* Adhere to all safety standards
* Perform set up of machines (including calibration and clean up) to exact specifications and ensure material is loaded properly
* Know how to perform all functions on assigned production machines, including controling and adjusting machine settings, feed raw materials or parts to semi-automated machines
* Verify that product meets quality standards and keep records of approved and defective units
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* High School Diploma or Equivalency required
* Must be able to work all shifts up to 12 hours, as overtime may be required
* Must be able to lift up to 50 lbs
* Basic computer skills required
* Ability to read and understand all production specifications required
* Ability to neatly and accurately record required data
* Fork lift or material handling experience preferred
* Warehouse or Manufacturing experience preferred
* Inventory experience preferred
* Machine troubleshooting or repair experience preferred
* Successful Production Associates must be willing to learn new things and work in a team environment to get the product out in a safe and timely manner, while meeting quality standards

What Does A Forklift Driver Do At Masco Corporation

* Production workers must be able to understand instructions whether they are written or verbal, and follow said instructions
* Complete work with accuracy and efficiency
* Move material with forklift from one location to another
* Adhere to all facets of safety policies and procedures
* The nature of all production positions is repetitive motions for extended periods of time.
* The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees in this position.
* This is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities

What Does A Forklift Driver Do At Express Employment Professionals

* Move levers or controls that operate lifting devices, such as forklifts, lift beams with swivel-hooks, hoists, or elevating platforms, to load, unload, transport, or stack material.
* Inspect product load for accuracy and safely move it around the warehouse or facility to ensure timely and complete delivery.
* Manually or mechanically load or unload materials from pallets, skids, platforms, cars, lifting devices, or other transport vehicles.
* Position lifting devices under, over, or around loaded pallets, skids, or boxes and secure material or products for transport to designated areas.
* Weigh materials or products and record weight or other production data on tags or labels

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How To Become A Forklift Driver

Education and training requirements vary by the occupation. Crane operators and excavating machine operators usually have several years of experience in related occupations, such as construction equipment operators or hoist or winch operators.


Although no formal education is usually required, some companies prefer material moving machine operators to have a high school diploma. For crane operators, excavating machine operators, and dredge operators, however, a high school diploma or equivalent is typically required.


Most material moving machine operators are trained on the job in less than a month. Some machines are more complex than others, such as cranes as compared with industrial trucks such as forklifts. Therefore, the amount of time spent in training will vary with the type of machine the operator is using. Learning to operate a forklift or an industrial truck in warehouses, for example, may take only a few days. Training to operate a crane for port operations may take several months. Most workers are trained by a supervisor or another experienced employee.

The International Union of Operating Engineers offers apprenticeship programs for heavy equipment operators, such as excavating machine operators or crane operators. Apprenticeships combine paid on-the-job training with technical instruction.

During their training, material moving machine operators learn a number of safety rules, many of which are standardized through the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) and the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA). Employers must certify that each operator has received the proper training. Operators who work with hazardous materials receive further specialized training.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

A number of states and several cities require crane operators to be licensed. To get a license, operators typically must complete a skills test in which they show that they can control a crane. They also must pass a written exam that tests their knowledge of safety rules and procedures. Some crane operators and industrial truck and tractor operators may obtain certification, which includes passing a written exam.

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

Crane operators and excavating machine operators usually have several years of experience working as construction equipment operators or hoist and winch operators. 

Important Qualities

Alertness. Material moving machine operators must be aware of their surroundings while operating machinery.

Hand–eye–foot coordination. Material moving machine operators should have steady hands and feet to guide and control heavy machinery precisely. They use hand controls to maneuver their machines through tight spaces, around large objects, and on uneven surfaces.

Mechanical skills. Material moving machine operators make minor adjustments to their machines and perform basic maintenance.

Visual ability. Material moving machine operators must be able to clearly see where they are driving or what they are moving. They must also watch for nearby workers, who may unknowingly be in their path.

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Forklift Driver Demographics


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  • Female

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  • White

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Asian

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  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • French

  • Italian

  • Arabic

  • Hmong

  • Carrier

  • German

  • Russian

  • Ukrainian

  • Portuguese

  • Chinese

  • Swedish

  • Turkish

  • Romanian

  • Samoan

  • Hindi

  • Bulgarian

  • Tahitian

  • Norwegian

  • Thai

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Top Skills for A Forklift Driver


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Top Forklift Driver Skills

  1. Electric Pallet Jack
  2. Forklift Operation
  3. Safety Procedures
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Assisted in shipping to palletize, wrap, and load product into trailers using electric pallet jack and sit down forklift.
  • Give certain areas loads of wood by what they need Accomplishments No accidents while on forklift Skills Used Forklift operation Order selection
  • Followed all safety procedures and carrier specifications.
  • Load and unload trucks * Made cardboard for different companies
  • Pulled orders for international shipping and receiving using a RF scanner gun.

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