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Working As A Forklift

  • 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

  • $30,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Forklift Do

Material moving machine operators use machinery to transport various objects. Some operators move construction materials around building sites or excavate earth from a mine. Others move goods around a warehouse or onto container ships.

Duties

Material moving machine operators typically do the following:

  • Set up and inspect material moving equipment
  • Control equipment with levers, wheels, or foot pedals
  • Move material according to a plan or schedule
  • Keep a record of the material they move and where they move it
  • Make minor repairs to their equipment

In warehouses, most material moving machine operators use forklifts and conveyor belts. Wireless sensors and tags are increasingly used to keep track of merchandise, allowing operators to locate them faster. Some operators also check goods for damage. These operators usually work closely with hand laborers and material movers.

Many operators work for underground and surface mining companies. They help to dig or expose the mine, remove the earth and rock, and extract coal, ore, and other mined materials.

In construction, material moving machine operators remove earth to clear space for buildings. Some work on a building site for the entire length of the construction project. For example, certain material moving machine operators help to construct highrise buildings by transporting materials to workers far above ground level.

All material moving machine operators are responsible for the safe operation of their equipment or vehicle.

Conveyor operators and tenders control conveyor systems that move materials on an automatic belt. They move materials to and from places such as storage areas, vehicles, and building sites. They monitor sensors on the conveyor to regulate the speed with which the conveyor belt moves. Operators may determine the route materials take along a conveyor based on shipping orders.

Crane and tower operators use tower and cable equipment to lift and move materials, machinery, or other heavy objects. From a control station, operators can extend and retract horizontal booms, rotate the superstructure, and lower and raise hooks attached to cables at the end of their crane or tower. Operators are usually guided by other workers on the ground using hand signals or voice signals through a radio. Most crane and tower operators work at construction sites or major ports, where they load and unload cargo. Some operators work in iron and steel mills. 

Dredge operators excavate waterways. They operate equipment on the water to remove sand, gravel, or rock from harbors or lakes. Removing these materials helps to prevent erosion and maintain navigable waterways, and allows larger ships to use more ports. Dredging is also used to help restore wetlands and maintain beaches.

Excavating and loading machine and dragline operators use machines equipped with scoops or shovels. They dig sand, earth, or other materials and load them onto conveyors or into trucks for transport elsewhere. They may also move material within a confined area, such as a construction site. Operators typically receive instructions from workers on the ground through hand signals or radios. Most of these operators work in construction or mining industries.

Hoist and winch operators, also called derrick operators, control the movement of platforms, cables, and cages that transport workers or materials for industrial operations, such as constructing a highrise building. Many of these operators raise platforms far above the ground. Operators regulate the speed of the equipment based on the needs of the workers. Many work in manufacturing, mining, and quarrying industries.

Industrial truck and tractor operators drive trucks and tractors that move materials around warehouses, storage yards, or worksites. These trucks, often called forklifts, have a lifting mechanism and forks, which make them useful for moving heavy and large objects. Some industrial truck and tractor operators drive tractors that pull trailers loaded with material around factories or storage areas.

Underground mining loading machine operators load coal, ore, and other rocks onto shuttles, mine cars, or conveyors for transport from a mine to the surface. They may use power shovels, hoisting engines equipped with scrapers or scoops, and automatic gathering arms that move materials onto a conveyor. Operators also drive their machines farther into the mine in order to gather more material.

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How To Become A Forklift

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.

Education

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.

Training

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 Career Paths

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Forklift Operator Technician Team Leader
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Forklift Operator Driver Foreman
Owner
7 Yearsyrs
Forklift Operator Technician Field Service Technician
Service Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Forklift Driver Technician Team Leader
Account Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Forklift Driver Driver Foreman
General Contractor
5 Yearsyrs
Forklift Driver Driver Account Executive
Area Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Material Handler/Forklift Operator Maintenance Technician Foreman
Warehouse Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Material Handler/Forklift Operator Maintenance Technician Building Engineer
Facilities Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Material Handler/Forklift Operator Specialist Operation Supervisor
Logistics Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Order Selector Specialist Operation Supervisor
Logistics Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Order Selector Specialist Shift Supervisor
Site Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Order Selector Sales Consultant Business Consultant
Business Owner
6 Yearsyrs
Truck Driver Electrician Owner
Co-Owner
6 Yearsyrs
Truck Driver Electrician Maintenance Supervisor
Maintenance Director
11 Yearsyrs
Truck Driver Electrician Owner/Operator
Operator And Truck Driver
5 Yearsyrs
Delivery Driver Coordinator Production Supervisor
Shipping Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Delivery Driver Field Service Technician Warehouse Manager
Warehouse Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Delivery Driver Coordinator Logistics Coordinator
Shipping Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Order Picker Route Driver Tank Driver
Lead Driver
5 Yearsyrs
Prep Cook Executive Chef Business Owner
Entrepreneur
5 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Lift Driver 3.2 years
Forklift 3.0 years
Forklift Operator 2.9 years
Forklift Driver 2.8 years
Lift Operator 2.7 years
General Warehouse 2.6 years
Forklift-Picker 2.2 years
Top Careers Before Forklift
Cashier 7.2%
Cook 4.6%
Driver 4.2%
Supervisor 3.4%
Top Careers After Forklift
Driver 7.1%
Cashier 4.1%
Cook 3.2%
Technician 2.1%
Operator 1.7%

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Average Yearly Salary
$30,000
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$25,000
Min 10%
$30,000
Median 50%
$30,000
Median 50%
$30,000
Median 50%
$30,000
Median 50%
$30,000
Median 50%
$30,000
Median 50%
$30,000
Median 50%
$36,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
22nd Century Technologies
Highest Paying City
San Antonio, TX
Highest Paying State
Oregon
Avg Experience Level
2.7 years
How much does a Forklift make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Forklift in the United States is $30,475 per year or $15 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $25,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $36,000.

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Top Skills for A Forklift

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  2. Safety Procedures
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You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Followed food safety procedures according to company policies and health and sanitation regulations.
  • Awarded outstanding performance 3 times Safety committee CPR certified Skills Used Sit down forklift RF Scanners Computer Safety Committee CPR training
  • Job Duties: Forklift in warehouse setting-load/unload trucks-feed production lines-inventory product for run-stage loads for production run-do all paperwork-
  • load material on delivery trucks to go to line
  • Distribute supplies to assembly lines, have vast knowledge in shipping and receiving, in-house, Fed-Ex, UPS, etc.

Forklift Resume Examples And Tips

The average resume reviewer spends between 5 to 7 seconds looking at a single resume, which leaves the average job applier with roughly six seconds to make a killer first impression. Thanks to this, a single typo or error on your resume can disqualify you right out of the gate. At Zippia, we went through over 3,478 Forklift resumes and compiled some information about how best to optimize them. Here are some suggestions based on what we found, divided by the individual sections of the resume itself.

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Forklift Demographics

Gender

Male

73.4%

Unknown

18.7%

Female

7.9%
Ethnicity

White

61.5%

Hispanic or Latino

17.1%

Black or African American

12.9%

Asian

5.6%

Unknown

2.9%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

88.4%

German

2.3%

Uzbek

2.3%

Urdu

2.3%

Hindi

2.3%

Russian

2.3%
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Forklift Education

Schools

The Academy

12.9%

Central State University

10.9%

University of Phoenix

6.9%

Ashford University

5.9%

Texas Southern University

5.9%

Hinds Community College

5.0%

Central Piedmont Community College

5.0%

University of Pennsylvania

5.0%

Tennessee State University

4.0%

Houston Community College

4.0%

Southern Crescent Technical College

4.0%

Chemeketa Community College

4.0%

Miami Dade College

4.0%

South University

4.0%

Kaplan University

4.0%

Martinez Adult Education

3.0%

Clark College

3.0%

Universal Technical Institute

3.0%

Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana

3.0%

Intercoast Colleges

3.0%
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Majors

Business

19.1%

General Studies

11.8%

Automotive Technology

8.9%

Criminal Justice

8.5%

Precision Metal Working

6.9%

Computer Science

6.1%

Heating And Air Conditioning

5.1%

Accounting

4.3%

Electrical Engineering Technology

3.7%

Education

3.4%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

2.8%

Graphic Design

2.6%

Construction Management

2.6%

Computer Technical Support

2.2%

General Education, Specific Areas

2.2%

Culinary Arts

2.0%

English

2.0%

Information Technology

2.0%

Drafting And Design

1.8%

Industrial Technology

1.8%
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Degrees

Other

61.3%

Associate

12.3%

Certificate

9.0%

Bachelors

8.3%

Diploma

6.8%

Doctorate

1.0%

Masters

0.8%

License

0.6%
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