Forklift technicians repair and maintain forklifts in a warehouse or factory. Forklifts are valuable machinery that help move heavy objects and lift them into place. Forklift technicians make sure that these important pieces of equipment are able to stay in business.
Forklift technicians need to know a lot about maintenance and troubleshooting in order to keep forklifts in tip-top shape. They use a variety of tools, from hand drills to soldering irons, in order to maintain equipment. Forklift technicians also need to be experts in less glamorous aspects of the job, such as following safety regulations and filing paperwork to keep track of the company fleet.
Becoming a forklift technician requires very little formal education. Most forklift technicians have only a high school diploma, although earning an associate's degree or certificate in diesel technology or OSHA standards. It helps if a forklift technician has some practical experience working as a mechanic as well. It takes a little bit of effort to become qualified to work as a forklift technician but it is worth it-they earn an average salary of $46,571 per year.