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Become A Material Handler/Forklift Operator

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Working As A Material Handler/Forklift 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 Material Handler/Forklift Operator Do At Kelly Services

* Check received material for quantity
* Make visual inspection for identity, breakage, and condition
* Identify, sort and record material returned
* Record applicable information and process related records
* Responsible for material accountability (receive, identify, inspect, cycle count, record)
* Prepare and pack material for shipment or storage
* Unloading and/or shipping materials and supplies in the operation of the storage yards
* Assist with the processing of order picks for satellite storeroom served and completing related records

What Does A Material Handler/Forklift Operator Do At Keytronic Ems

* include the following.
* Other duties may be assigned.
* Qualified to perform material handling duties in any area assigned in the warehouse.
* Communicates and works with other departments to ensure the proper movement of rejected materials.
* Loads and offloads materials into the warehouse area.
* Audits materials received.
* Reports OSD issues.
* Stocks material in the warehouse area accordingly.
* Pulls Customer Orders and Pull Requests.
* Stages Customer Orders and Pull Requests.
* Audits Customer Orders and Pull Requests.
* Loads and offloads Customer Orders and Pull Requests.
* Receives and ships discrepant material (RTV/MRB) that was returned from JZ.
* Operates a forklift to move products.
* Uses the warehouse management system (MFGPRO).
* Uses barcode scanners.
* Performs various material handling duties in the facility manually or using a hand truck.
* Stacks skids or pallets in designated areas.
* Cleans up and disposes of scrap bracing, cardboard, and strapping and places in proper containers or designated areas.
* Uses tools such as hammers and crowbars to remove strapping, open crates, and strap cars.
* Responsible for cycle count activities and accuracy.
* Work in a safe and secure manner

What Does A Material Handler/Forklift Operator Do At A H Harris & Sons Inc.

* Operating forklift equipment, pallet jacks and hand trucks, required
* Unloading inbound freight
* Maintaining a neat, clean and orderly warehouse and yard facility
* Accountable for accuracy of inventory

What Does A Material Handler/Forklift Operator Do At Kelly Services

* fork truck certifiable
* Safety oriented
* ability to follow instructions/runsheets
* Primary Responsibilities
* Material movement utilizing DC fork trucks including but not limited to staging materials and supplies
* Assistance with warehouse activities and shipment preparation as needed
* Follow safety procedures including LOTO, waste disposal, PPE and equipment SOP’s.
* Additional Duties and Responsibilities
* Charge batteries for fork trucks, hand operated fork trucks and lifts
* Ability to identify labeling and packaging of hazardous and non-hazardous materials
* Understand and follow 5S principles to provide and maintain a hazard free environment to meet cGMP and ISO requirements.
* Able to manipulate small packaging components IE: caps, foil bags
* Education and Experience
* HS Diploma/GED
* Valid Michigan driver’s license.
* Employee must successfully complete team specific checklists

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How To Become A Material Handler/Forklift 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.


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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Material Handler/Forklift Operator Demographics


  • Male

  • 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

  • German

  • French

  • Romanian

  • Hindi

  • Thai

  • Italian

  • Portuguese

  • Polish

  • Arabic

  • Swahili

  • Swedish

  • Latvian

  • Turkish

  • Lakota

  • Dutch

  • Mandarin

  • Korean

  • Danish

  • Indonesian

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Top Skills for A Material Handler/Forklift Operator


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Top Material Handler/Forklift Operator Skills

  1. Safety Procedures
  2. Materials Handler
  3. Electric Pallet Jack
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Follow safety procedures and regulations, including wearing special protective gear and disposing of materials as regulated by law.
  • Moved to Ohio after experiencing Hurricane Charlie Acloche and Snider Temps Materials Handler.
  • Operated forklifts/stand up lifts/electric pallet jacks
  • Located products and fulfilled orders Utilized forklift to load and unload trucks Managed inventory control system
  • 2.Moved materials to their location designated by RF scanner from receiving area while operating a Standing Deep Reach Forklift.

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