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Become A Material Handler

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Working As A Material Handler

  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • Handling and Moving Objects
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Controlling Machines and Processes
  • Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment
  • Deal with People

  • Stressful

  • $25,260

    Average Salary

What Does A Material Handler Do

A Material Handler works in warehouses and production facilities to load, unload, and move products. They ensure that production areas are fully stocked and have the necessary products to fulfill orders.

How To Become A Material Handler

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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Real Material Handler Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Training Manager-Materials Handling Flsmidth Spokane, WA Aug 05, 2013 $120,000
Lead Project Manager, Material Handling & Auxiliaries Wittmann Battenfeld, Inc. Torrington, CT Oct 01, 2015 $83,813
Lead Project Manager, Material Handling & Auxiliaries Wittmann Battenfeld, Inc. Torrington, CT Oct 27, 2015 $83,813
Material Handler Manager Morristown Shredder Inc. DBA Morristown Iron & Met Morristown, TN Jan 14, 2015 $52,354
Material Handler Gentle Giant Moving Co Inc. Somerville, MA Jan 01, 1970 $32,328
Material Handler Stairhopper Movers LLC MA Mar 01, 2014 $32,077
Material Handler Gentle Giant Moving Co Inc. MA Feb 25, 2014 $32,077
Material Handler Gentle Giant Moving Co Inc. MA Feb 25, 2015 $31,931
Material Handler Stairhopper Movers LLC MA Mar 01, 2015 $31,931
Material Handlers Jordan River Moving LLC WA Jun 01, 2015 $29,656
Material Handler State Road Builders Supply PA Apr 01, 2012 $28,842
Material Handler Eagle Van Lines Inc. MD Apr 01, 2015 $27,924
Material Handler Executive Moving Systems Inc. VA May 14, 2013 $27,569
Material Handler Gentle Giant Moving (Dc), LLC (Dc) VA Jan 01, 1970 $27,319
Material Handler Executive Moving Systems Inc. VA Apr 07, 2014 $25,127
Material Handler Executive Moving Systems Inc. DC Apr 07, 2014 $25,127
Material Handler Seaside Party Celebrations, LLC MA May 01, 2011 $25,023
Material Handler Stairhopper Movers LLC MA Mar 01, 2012 $24,898
Material Handler H.S.W. Inc. DBA Newton Rental Center PA Mar 01, 2011 $24,001
Material Handler Stairhopper Movers LLC MA Mar 01, 2011 $22,957
Material Handler Gentle Giant Moving Co Inc. MA Feb 25, 2013 $22,832
Material Handlers Supa Doors, Inc. TX Mar 20, 2014 $22,373
Material Handler Home Services of Camden, Inc. AR Feb 18, 2015 $22,289
Material Handler Safe Movers Inc. MA Apr 01, 2012 $20,745
Material Handler Gentle Giant Moving Co Inc. MA Feb 27, 2012 $20,745
Material Handler PAU Construction TX Jan 01, 2015 $20,411
Material Handler Home Services of Camden, Inc. AR Mar 01, 2013 $20,119

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Top Skills for A Material Handler

DifferentDepartmentsElectricPalletJackSafetyProceduresDeliveryVehiclesForkliftOperationRFScannerLoadTrucksAssemblyLineInventoryControlRawMaterialsSortPackageCustomerServiceCycleCountsDataEntryCustomerOrdersHandTrucksStorageAreasHandToolsFedex

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Top Material Handler Skills

  1. Different Departments
  2. Electric Pallet Jack
  3. Safety Procedures
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • SAP generates transfer orders for preparation of kits for distribution to different departments upon planner's request, using SAP.
  • Utilize RF Scanner, forklift and electric pallet jacks to pick items, and move product from storage locations to shipping
  • Followed appropriate safety procedures for transporting dangerous goods.
  • Load and unload packages onto or from delivery vehicles, trailers, conveyor system carts and load gratings.
  • Multifaceted experience in forklift operation and warehousing as a result of four full seasons with the BLM.

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