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Working As A Materials Associate

  • Handling and Moving Objects
  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • Getting Information
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Deal with People

  • $94,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Materials Associate Do

Material recording clerks track product information in order to keep businesses and supply chains on schedule. They ensure proper scheduling, recordkeeping, and inventory control.

Duties

Material recording clerks typically do the following:

  • Keep records of items shipped, received, or transferred to another location
  • Compile reports on various aspects of changes in production or inventory
  • Find, sort, or move goods between different parts of the business
  • Check inventory records for accuracy

Material recording clerks use computers, tablets, or hand-held devices to keep track of inventory. Sensors and tags enable these computers to automatically detect when and where products are moved, allowing clerks to keep updated reports without manually counting items.

Production, planning, and expediting clerks manage the flow of information, work, and materials within or among offices in a business. They compile reports on the progress of work and on any production problems that arise. These clerks set workers’ schedules, estimate costs, keep track of materials, and write special orders for new materials. They perform general office tasks, such as entering data or distributing mail. Expediting clerks maintain contact with vendors to ensure that supplies and equipment are shipped on time.

Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks keep track of and record outgoing and incoming shipments. Clerks may scan barcodes with hand-held devices or use radio frequency identification (RFID) scanners to keep track of inventory. They check if shipment orders were correctly processed in their company’s computer system. They also compute freight costs and prepare invoices. Some clerks move goods from the warehouse to the loading dock.

Stock clerks and order fillers receive, unpack, and track merchandise. Stock clerks move products from a warehouse to store shelves. They keep a record of items that enter or leave the stockroom and inspect for damaged goods. These clerks also use hand-held scanners to keep track of merchandise. Order fillers retrieve customer orders and prepare them to be shipped.

Material and product inspecting clerks weigh, measure, check, sample, and keep records on materials, supplies, and equipment that enters a warehouse. They verify the quantity and quality of items they are assigned to examine, checking for defects and recording what they find. They use scales, counting devices, and calculators. Some workers decide what to do about a defective product, such as to scrap it or send it back to the factory to be repaired. Some clerks also prepare reports, such as reports about warehouse inventory levels.

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How To Become A Materials Associate

Material recording clerks usually need to have a high school diploma and are trained on the job. There are no formal education requirements for stock clerks and order fillers.

Education

Production, planning, and expediting clerks; shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks; and material and product inspecting clerks need a high school diploma or equivalent.

Production, planning, and expediting clerks need to have basic knowledge of computer applications such as spreadsheet software.

There are no formal education requirements for stock clerks and order fillers.

Training

Material recording clerks usually learn to do their work on the job. Training for most material recording clerks may last less than a month. Production, planning, and expediting clerks’ training can take several months.

Typically, a supervisor or more experienced worker trains new clerks.

Material recording clerks first learn to count stock and mark inventory and then move onto more difficult tasks, such as recordkeeping. Production clerks need to learn how their company operates before they can write production and work schedules.

Advancement

With additional training or education, material recording clerks may advance to other positions within their firm, such as purchasing agent. Clerks in retail establishments can move into the sales department.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Production, planning, and expediting clerks are frequently in contact with suppliers, vendors, and production managers and need to be able to communicate the firm’s scheduling needs effectively.

Customer-service skills. Stock clerks sometimes interact with customers in retail stores and may have to get the item the customer is looking for from the storeroom.

Detail oriented. Material and product inspecting clerks check items for defects, some of which are small and difficult to spot.

Math skills. Some material recording clerks use math to calculate shipping costs or take measurements.

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Materials Associate Career Paths

Materials Associate
Forklift Operator Security Officer Account Manager
Business Development Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Technician Operations Manager General Manager
Business Owner
6 Yearsyrs
Delivery Driver Sales Consultant Finance Manager
Controller
9 Yearsyrs
Security Officer Account Manager Recruiter
Director Of Human Resources
10 Yearsyrs
Forklift Operator Merchandiser Account Manager
Director Of Sales
10 Yearsyrs
Warehouse Manager Facilities Manager Director Of Facilities
Director, Facilities & Operations
6 Yearsyrs
Operations Manager Information Technology Project Manager Service Delivery Manager
Director, Service Delivery
12 Yearsyrs
Warehouse Worker Warehouse Manager Operations Manager
Distribution Center Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Warehouse Worker Warehouse Supervisor
Distribution Supervisor
6 Yearsyrs
Technician Service Manager General Manager
General Manager Of Operations
8 Yearsyrs
Security Officer Dispatcher Operations Manager
Human Resources Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Driver Operation Supervisor Manager
Owner/Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Material Handler Quality Control Inspector
Quality Control Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Merchandiser Sales Account Manager Technical Recruiter
Resource Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Warehouse Manager Specialist Team Leader
Senior Team Lead
5 Yearsyrs
Material Handler Security Officer Technician
Service Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Operations Manager Property Manager Portfolio Manager
Strategist
6 Yearsyrs
Driver Logistics Coordinator Purchasing Manager
Subcontracts Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Delivery Driver Service Technician Operations Manager
Supply Chain Manager
10 Yearsyrs
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Materials Associate Demographics

Gender

Male

80.1%

Female

18.2%

Unknown

1.7%
Ethnicity

White

60.2%

Hispanic or Latino

18.1%

Black or African American

11.0%

Asian

7.3%

Unknown

3.3%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

69.0%

French

7.1%

Chinese

4.8%

Mandarin

4.8%

Carrier

4.8%

Portuguese

2.4%

German

2.4%

Persian

2.4%

Arabic

2.4%
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Materials Associate Education

Schools

Austin Community College

11.7%

University of Phoenix

10.4%

Houston Community College

7.8%

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

7.8%

University of North Georgia

5.2%

Strayer University

5.2%

Indiana Wesleyan University

5.2%

Blinn College

3.9%

State University of New York College at Geneseo

3.9%

Middle Tennessee State University

3.9%

Arizona State University

3.9%

San Joaquin Delta College

3.9%

Grand Valley State University

3.9%

North Dakota State University -

3.9%

University of Massachusetts Amherst

3.9%

Alabama A & M University

3.9%

Northeastern University

3.9%

University of Wisconsin - Platteville

2.6%

University of South Florida

2.6%

Brevard Community College

2.6%
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Majors

Business

24.2%

General Studies

8.1%

Criminal Justice

6.9%

Information Technology

5.8%

Computer Science

5.0%

Accounting

5.0%

Kinesiology

4.2%

Liberal Arts

3.8%

Health Care Administration

3.5%

Engineering

3.5%

Construction Management

3.5%

Nursing

3.1%

Education

3.1%

Management

3.1%

Biology

3.1%

General Education, Specific Areas

3.1%

Medical Technician

3.1%

Drafting And Design

2.7%

Electrical Engineering Technology

2.7%

Automotive Technology

2.7%
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Degrees

Other

36.1%

Bachelors

34.1%

Associate

15.7%

Certificate

7.7%

Masters

4.0%

Diploma

1.8%

Doctorate

0.4%

License

0.2%
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Top Skills for A Materials Associate

  1. Customer Service
  2. Safety Procedures
  3. Delivery Area
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Maintain quality control/satisfaction records, constantly seeking new ways to improve customer service.
  • Utilize proper PPE, safety equipment, and follow safety procedures.
  • Prepared orders by processing requests and supply orders; pulling materials; packaging boxes; placing orders in delivery area.
  • Stacked pallets in a way that was safe and ready for shipment, Skilled in using dollies and pallet jack
  • Implemented and monitored processes for inventory control and replenishment, including trigger point (min/max) replenishment and Just-In-Time inventory management.

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