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Become A Lift Truck Operator

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Working As A Lift Truck Operator

  • 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

  • $32,090

    Average Salary

What Does A Lift Truck Operator Do At Pactiv

* Safely unload inbound shipments, dragline carts and move product to storage locations.
* Efficiently stack and store the merchandise in the appropriate areas.
* Quality: Ensure inbound and outbound shipments are accurate and free of damage.
* Report quality variances.
* Order Picking: Pull and prepare product for shipment, ensuring that the exact number and type of product is loaded and shipped.
* Perform picking duties in an efficient manner that meets customer service standards.
* Loading: Efficiently move product from staging and/or storage areas into rail cars or trailers.
* Equipment: Load, unload, move, stack, and stage product and materials using a forklift, clamp truck, or other power equipment.
* Use radio frequency equipment for picking, receiving, put away, and load functions, as required.
* Maintain the facility’s equipment and materials in a neat, clean, and orderly fashion.
* On a daily basis, inspect and perform minor maintenance on the forklift or other equipment.
* Operate all equipment in a safe and efficient manner following prescribed work methods.
* Inventory: Keep appropriate records and reports to guarantee that tight inventory control and security are maintained.
* Assist in physical inventories.
* Ensure proper stock rotation.
* Safety, Sanitation, Security: Maintain a clean, neat, and orderly work area.
* Assist in maintaining the security of the warehouse.
* Conduct operations in a manner that promotes safety.
* Comply with OSHA and MSDS Standards

What Does A Lift Truck Operator Do At Mohawk Industries

* Order processing
* Using a RF unit and picking labels, pick the correct rolls from the warehouse bins.
* Pre-stage these rolls on the loading dock or load them on the correct truck immediately.
* Work closely together with the dock-checker to ensure accurate execution (correct productandon correct truck) of the transaction.
* Communicate effectively with the shipping clerk throughout the process.
* Unloading containers
* Using the RF unit unload the rolls from the container and put them in a free bin location
* General duties:
* Keep your work area as clean and neat as possible
* Help locate “lost” rolls in the warehouse
* Drive safely (in accordance to company standards
* Qualifications

What Does A Lift Truck Operator Do At Owens Corning

* SAFETY Inspect the lifting operation.
* Inspect the side shift op.
* Inspect the lights.
* Inspect the tires.
* Check the water level.
* Check the oil level.
* Inspect the surface yard, checking for holes in the ground.
* LOADING TRUCK Tell the driver to log in at the guard shed.
* Check the order date.
* Ensure that the correct product is obtained.
* If the order is not correct, call a supervisor or the Material Management Specialist Ask the driver to come inside.
* Ask the driver what the destination of the load is.
* Ask for the driver’s name.
* Park the truck as close as possible to the product to be loaded.
* Tell the driver to disconnect the air hose.
* Put a Glad Lock on.
* Chock the wheels.
* Start loading the truck.
* When finished loading the truck, take out Lading and Picking reports.
* Get a coworker to check the load.
* Instruct the driver to sign the order.
* Instruct the driver to give paperwork to the back-end guard.
* Remove the Glad Lock.
* Remove the wheel chocks.
* UNLOADING MAT AT THE LOADING DOCK Chock the truck’s wheels.
* Tell the driver to disconnect the air pressure hose and lock it.
* Tell the driver to log in with the guard.
* Take of the chain guard.
* Lift up the plate form all the way up and let it drop.
* Use the clamp truck to unload mat rolls.
* Keep an eye out for the packing list roll.
* When finished unloading the rolls, hoop up the safety chain again on the dock guard.
* Remove the wheel chocks from the truck.
* Remove the Glad Lock from the air pressure hose.
* When there are no trucks left in the yard, begin picking up all wood debris.
* Sweep with the sweeper, on the yard and inside the warehouse.
* Pickup all paperwork and bring it to the office.
* PGI all orders that need PGI.
* Lockup the shipping office and park the forklift in its designated parking area.
* UNLOADING MLA When a truck of MLA comes in, direct the driver to where to park the truck.
* Ask the driver what product is on the truck.
* Chock the truck’s wheels.
* Check the level on the bulk tank.
* Cover the drain opening by the white recycle tanks.
* Get to the top of the MLA bulk tank and open the valve to the west side.
* Make sure the hoses are clean before connecting to the truck.
* Get a portable car to lay down MLA hose.
* Put on a face shield.
* Start up the MLA pump.
* Ask the driver to open the truck’s valve.
* If the tank is too full, remain at the top of the MLA bulk tank and ask the driver to stay there to turn off the pump when necessary.
* When finished pumping, ask the driver to disconnect the hose.
* Clean off the end of the hose.
* Hook up the hose to the camalong.
* Leave the hose hanging up securely.
* Remove the wheel chocks from the truck.
* Remove anything hanging from the truck.
* Sign paperwork.
* Instruct the driver to return to Trumbull.
* GAS PROPANE REFILL PROCEDURE Park the forklift close to the propane tank.
* Turn off the engine on the forklift.
* Connect the cable to the forklift tank.
* Use a face shield while refilling the gas tank.
* Close the pressure release valve on the hose nozzle.
* Open the pressure release valve on the forklift gas tank.
* Turn on the gas pump.
* Monitor the propane tank gauge.
* Turn off the pump as soon as gas begins to exit the release valve.
* Shut off the release valve on the gas tank.
* Open the release valve on the gas hose and release all pressure.
* Disconnect the gas hose from the gas tank.
* Return the hose to its correct storage location.
* QUALITY Ensure that the condition of granules is consistent with quality expectations.
* Make sure the mini bins are clean before use.
* If the granules are not correct, call a supervisor or the Technical Supervisor (Gary Keith).
* Acquire samples and send them back to M with the truck driver.
* UNLOADING GRANULES Tell the driver to log on the sheet.
* Set the mini bins under the unloading conveyor.
* Maintain awareness and caution while stacking mini bins in the warehouse.
* Start the unloading belts.
* Tell the driver to open the truck gate.
* Start unloading the truck.
* Log in the time at which the truck has finished being unloaded

What Does A Lift Truck Operator Do At Shaw Industries Inc.

* To retrieve product from inventory bins and transport them to proper location as instructed by onboard computer or Management Personnel.
* Place unwrapped product on wrapping station as needed.
* Raise or lower dock leveler as needed.
* Use orange cone system for full or empty trailers
* Use Lift Truck to transport palletized freight as needed.
* Have Lift Truck battery changed as needed.
* Must hand load trailers when requested by Management Personnel.
* Ensure proper product packaging is complete before placing in proper location.
* Must adhere to normal work schedule, starting and stopping times and company attendance/tardiness policy.
* Must be able to work necessary overtime

What Does A Lift Truck Operator Do At Jr Simplot

* Must be able to complete training on the safe operation of the lift truck and successfully pass and maintain certification requirements.
* This training and certification are requirements in accordance with both WAC 296
* and WAC 296
* Ensures adequate amount of supplies is available to packaging.
* Ensures proper handling of product while transporting it to packaging and cold or dry storage
* Ensures that product is properly moved in or out of the freezer to the proper location.
* Ensures proper procedures are followed when loading trucks and rail cars.
* Ensures proper unloading and cataloging procedures are followed when receiving shippable and dry storage product
* Ensures proper safety and inspection procedures are followed when handling bulk product.
* Ensures all paperwork, forms, reports, and computer data entry are completed and submitted in an accurate and timely manner.
* Ensures operating equipment used for shipping, receiving, and transporting product is thoroughly inspected prior to use and is operated in a safe and efficient manner including slip sheeters
* Ensures attendance and participation in training activities appropriate to the position and to incorporate acquired skills and knowledge.
* Ensures clean-up duties are performed in a manner necessary to meet Company standards.
* Must be able to complete training on fall protection and must meet and maintain fall restraint requirements.
* This training and requirements are in accordance with WAC 296
* through 24525 and WAC 296
* Ensures no injuries to self or others by following safe work practices and policies.
* Ensures self compliance with Company policies and procedures and Union Labor Agreement.
* Ensures the interface with team members and other support groups is conducted in a participative management style conducive with operational goals

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How To Become A Lift Truck Operator

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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Top Skills for A Lift Truck Operator

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Top Lift Truck Operator Skills

  1. Production Lines
  2. Safety Rules
  3. Electric Pallet Jack
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Delivered proper material to production lines.
  • Follow procedures and safety rules as required by the company.
  • Operated forklift, electric pallet jack and other warehouse equipment in a safe and efficient manner.
  • Picked orders, replenished product, and received product using RF scanners, employing Red Prairie system.
  • Load and unload trucks in a timely manner.

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