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Working As A Lot Porter

  • Getting Information
  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment
  • Handling and Moving Objects
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Outdoors/walking/standing

  • Stressful

  • $38,396

    Average Salary

What Does A Lot Porter Do

Hand laborers and material movers manually move freight, stock, or other materials. Others feed or remove material to or from machines, clean vehicles, pick up unwanted household goods, and pack materials for moving.

Duties

Hand laborers and material movers typically do the following:

  • Manually move material from one place to another
  • Pack or wrap products by hand
  • Keep a record of the material they move
  • Signal machine operators who help move material
  • Clean cars, equipment, and workplaces

In warehouses and wholesale and retail operations, hand laborers and material movers work closely with material moving machine operators and material recording clerks. Some workers are employed in manufacturing industries, where they load material onto conveyor belts or other machines.

Cleaners of vehicles and equipment wash automobiles and other vehicles, as well as storage tanks, pipelines, and related machinery. They use cleaning products, vacuums, hoses, and brushes. Most of these workers clean cars at a car wash, an automobile dealership, or a rental agency. Some clean industrial equipment at manufacturing firms. Some—for example, those who work at a car wash—interact with customers.

Hand laborers and freight, stock, and material movers move materials to and from storage and production areas, loading docks, delivery trucks, ships, and containers. Although their specific duties may vary, most of these movers, often called pickers, work in warehouses. Some workers retrieve products from storage and move them to loading areas. Other workers load and unload cargo from a truck. When moving a package, pickers keep track of the package number, sometimes with a hand-held scanner, to ensure proper delivery. Sometimes they open containers and sort the material.

Hand packers and packagers package a variety of materials by hand. They may label cartons, inspect items for defects, and keep records of items packed. Some of these workers pack materials for shipment and move them to a loading dock. Many hand packers are employed by grocery stores, where they bag groceries for customers at checkout.

Machine feeders and offbearers process materials by feeding them into equipment or by removing them from equipment. The equipment is generally operated by other workers, such as material moving machine operators. Machine feeders and offbearers help the operator if the machine becomes jammed or needs minor repairs. Machine feeders track the amount of material they process during a shift.

Refuse and recyclable material collectors gather garbage and recyclables from homes and businesses to transport to a dump, landfill, or recycling center. Many collectors lift garbage cans by hand and empty them into their truck. Some collectors drive the garbage or recycling truck along a scheduled route. When collecting materials from a dumpster, drivers use a hydraulic lift to empty the contents of the dumpster into their truck.

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How To Become A Lot Porter

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.

Education

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

Training

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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Lot Porter Career Paths

Lot Porter
Auto Detailer Delivery Driver Front Desk Agent
Assistant General Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Forklift Operator Technician Service Advisor
Assistant Service Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Technician Service Manager Operations Manager
Branch Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Service Advisor Service Manager General Manager
Business Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Lot Attendant Sales Consultant Finance Manager
Car Wash Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Delivery Driver Maintenance Technician Driver
Driver/Owner Operator
6 Yearsyrs
Driver Delivery Driver Maintenance Technician
Facilities Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Mechanic Forklift Operator Carpenter
General Contractor
6 Yearsyrs
Lube Technician Technician Service Manager
General Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Sales Consultant Sales Manager
General Sales Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Forklift Operator Security Officer Sales Consultant
Internet Sales Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Security Officer Driver
Lead Driver
5 Yearsyrs
Technician Service Technician Service Manager
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Lube Technician Mechanic Truck Driver
Operator And Truck Driver
5 Yearsyrs
Mechanic Quality Control Inspector
Quality Control Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Sales Consultant Senior Sales Representative Account Executive
Sales Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Delivery Driver Service Technician
Service Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Driver Dispatcher Operations Manager
Site Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Service Advisor Assistant Service Manager Service Manager
Training Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Security Officer Maintenance Technician Production Supervisor
Warehouse Manager
5 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Porter 1.7 years
Auto Porter 1.5 years
Detailer/Porter 1.4 years
Lot Attendant 1.4 years
Lot Technician 1.3 years
Car Porter 1.2 years
Lot Porter 1.0 years
Top Employers Before
Cashier 14.2%
Server 5.6%
Cook 5.3%
Detailer 4.5%
Driver 4.1%
Technician 4.1%
Stocker 2.9%
Assistant 2.9%
Line Cook 2.7%
Teller 2.7%
Top Employers After
Technician 8.0%
Driver 6.0%
Cashier 5.5%
Detailer 4.6%
Teller 3.4%
Server 3.1%
Mechanic 3.1%
Cook 2.9%

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Lot Porter Demographics

Gender

Male

90.6%

Female

8.2%

Unknown

1.2%
Ethnicity

White

58.2%

Hispanic or Latino

21.9%

Black or African American

9.2%

Asian

6.6%

Unknown

4.0%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

88.0%

Bosnian

4.0%

Arabic

4.0%

Croatian

4.0%
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Lot Porter Education

Schools

Universal Technical Institute

12.1%

Northern Virginia Community College

8.4%

Sierra College

7.5%

University of Central Oklahoma

7.5%

American River College

6.5%

Middle Tennessee State University

6.5%

Northeastern State University

5.6%

Palomar College

5.6%

University of Nebraska at Omaha

4.7%

University of Central Florida

3.7%

Metropolitan Community College

3.7%

Tulsa Community College

3.7%

California State University - Sacramento

3.7%

Hillsborough Community College

3.7%

Rogers State University

2.8%

Sacramento City College

2.8%

Indiana Institute of Technology

2.8%

Full Sail University

2.8%

Indiana University - Purdue University Fort Wayne

2.8%

College of Southern Nevada

2.8%
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Majors

Business

21.2%

Automotive Technology

15.7%

Criminal Justice

11.3%

General Studies

6.5%

Computer Science

5.5%

Graphic Design

4.4%

Kinesiology

3.1%

Communication

3.1%

Medical Technician

3.1%

Accounting

3.1%

Education

2.7%

Management

2.7%

Marketing

2.7%

Aviation

2.4%

Information Technology

2.4%

Culinary Arts

2.0%

Precision Metal Working

2.0%

Photography

2.0%

Nursing

2.0%

Psychology

2.0%
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Degrees

Other

50.6%

Bachelors

23.6%

Associate

15.5%

Certificate

6.0%

Diploma

2.6%

Masters

0.6%

License

0.6%

Doctorate

0.4%
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Top Skills for A Lot Porter

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  1. New Car Lot
  2. Vehicle Maintenance
  3. Inspect Parts
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Gas and parked cars in new car lot in an orderly manner.
  • Inspect parts, equipment, or vehicles for cleanliness, damage, and compliance with standards or regulations.
  • Transported customer vehicles in and out of state* Reconditioned customer vehicles* Provided excellent customer service transporting customers daily
  • Prepared customers vehicles for service department.
  • Prepared vehicles for transportation to automotive auctions.

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